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Drawing & Sketching

  • I've had a little play with the Derwent Inktense Pencils on watercolour paper. I won't win any prizes for my drawing but it does demonstrate how satisfying it is to use these water-soluble pencils. Drawing with Derwent Inktense Pencils The pencil core (or "lead") feels quite waxy on the rough textured paper, and the pigment transfers easily. I used

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  • Understanding a little about colour theory can help you to decide which colours to choose for art or craft projects. The success of a project, whether it be woven cloth or a watercolour painting, can be determined by choosing the best colour relationships. Primary Colours The primary colours red, yellow and blue are the only colours that cannot be

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  • Conte a Paris Crayons are square 'carre' sticks which are made using a combination of pigments, clay and binder. They are harder than pastels and charcoal, and can be applied with the corner for fine lines and the flat edge to make larger strokes. Conte a Paris Crayons - a small selection of the colours! These crayons with their 6x6mm cross-sect

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  • I decided to paint my son and his fiancé a painting to mark their engagement. The design needed to be personal to them, and to appeal to their "alternative tastes". I chose to paint three playing cards, the Queen of Spades, Ace of Hearts and King of Diamonds on a large canvas. As I'm not the most confident artist or the most experienced painter

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  • Why so many Coloured Pencils? We are often asked why we carry such a large range of coloured pencils. But what is the difference anyway? Here is a quick review of 8 of our most popular pencils, which we hope will help you to choose the coloured pencils most suited to your needs. Each of the pencils featured are available individually in a choice co

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  • These water soluble drawing blocks and pencils can be use in countless different ways to create colourful artwork. Just add water to Derwent Inktense Blocks or Pencils to produce deep and vibrant permanent, waterproof ink colours on paper or fabric. If you choose to draw on fabric, your designs on cotton or silk will be hand washable at 30°C.

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  • There are a huge range of artists rubbers and erasers available on the market today. Each eraser has unique qualities to suit different situations and art styles. Here is a short overview of some of the types of eraser and brands we stock here at George Weil. Natural Rubber Erasers The Daler Rowney Mystic Eraser is made from India rubber, harvested

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  • If you enjoy painting on the move, these robust beach wood pochade boxes are the ideal companion. These boxes are light and practical, the perfect gift for the travelling artist. Available in two sizes, they include an easel, a palette, secure storage for materials and space for up to four wet paintings. They also come equipped with a convenient ca

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  • We love this great new product from Derwent. The Graphik Line Painter pens are filled with opaque ink which leaves a permanent mark on most porous surfaces including paper, board, leather, clay and wood. The pens also work on natural fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton. Ironing on the reverse will set the ink marks so that finished items can be

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  • Oil pastels are a drawing medium that can be used on their own or along with other pastels. The pigment is mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder making a soft, buttery consistency which fills the grain of the paper. They create no dust at all and can be used on almost any surface including slick surfaces that would not hold a regular pastel. T

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  • There are a number of techniques for transferring a design on to a lino block. Here is a simple method using a clip-art from your computer or an image from the internet. Using a soft lead pencil, draw a heavy outline around the image. The image above shows the reverse of the paper and the indentation from the pencil outline. The design is placed ov

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  • Pastels are made from pure finely powdered pigments which are ground into a paste with water and a gum or methyl cellulose binder. This paste is rolled into sticks and then allowed to dry. Pumice may be added to make the pastel abrasive to create more tooth on the paper surface. To create paler shades, chalk is added to the pigment. They can be use

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  • Graphite The 'lead' in your pencil is actually made from graphite combined with a clay binder. When a vast deposit of graphite was discovered in the 16th century in Cumbria, England, it was mistaken for a form of lead ore. Local farmers had been using the graphite to mark their sheep. It was easy to break this pure and soft graphite into sticks. A

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  • The water soluble Derwent Inktense Pencils and Blocks offer the artist and textile designer exciting opportunities for experimentation. The colours can be blended together and when dissolved with water turn into permanent ink. They can be combined with other media to create a variety of stunning effects. Inktense blocks are perfect for large expres

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  • The Pocket Color Wheel (yes color - it is made in the U.S.A.) is an essential tool for learning all about colour. The wheel consists of three cardboard discs which are joined in the centre. The middle wheel has the 12 main colours positioned equally around the edge while the discs either side have holes cut-out which reveal different colour results

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  • This post is for those of you who haven't yet discovered the magical autofade pen. It is a fibre tipped pen which can be used to trace or sketch out designs on fabric and paper. The violet coloured ink magically fades within 3-4 days or it can be removed immediately with water (see our page Prepare Design for Silk Painting, which also explains how

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