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Welcome to the George Weil Blog FAQs which includes information about the art and craft products sold on this website. There are project ideas, photographs of items created by our customers, product reviews, and step-by-step instructions.  

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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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  • Little Miss Muffet, sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey, along came a ... Our spider is made with felted Merino wool tops. The wool tops are rubbed, rolled and agitated with soap and water until the wool fibres mat together to create a dense fabric. Step 1: The spider's legs are made from pipe cleaners covered in wool tops. Pull wisps of

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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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  • We often send out regular orders to our customers, but our curiosity was piqued when we began to receive an order every Tuesday for polymer clay from customer Cheryl Locke. Julie (who is an important member of our sales team here, and will often answer your calls) decided to investigate Chery's email address which included the word 'artlockedesigns

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  • Look who came back from Somerset with Philippa! This little fella was found at the One Craft Gallery in Shepton Mallet. We think we have identified the maker; jewellery designer Rachel Kerrison needle felts small animals and creatures when working at the gallery. Rachel has shaped the caterpillar so that he can sit on the edge of a shelf or another

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  • An armature is the framework or skeleton used as the base when making models of figures or animals. A good starting point for a model is a scale sketch or marquette. Once the design has been established, the 'skeleton' can be added to a full size sketch. This will help determine the size of the armature framework and where any joints will occur. T

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  • The Schacht Zoom Loom is a pin loom that is very easy and comfortable to use. The instructions contain a step by step process of how to use the loom and a selection of projects. The loom has been designed for creating woven squares which can be joined together to create scarves, place mats, throws and other items. A Trail Run I found the instructio

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  • These special little pots have been created by molding Modroc over the base of an empty bottle. The embellishments have been added while the Modroc is still wet allowing the resin based plaster to act as an adhesive. ModRoc can be reworked while still wet offering itself to detailed work. Once dry, it is lightweight but with a rock hard surface. Th

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  • Most of the materials featured are suitable for dressmaking, needlecrafts, dyeing, batik and interior design. The silk, satin and velvet fabrics will appeal to the Wedding dress maker as they are available in varying weights and differ in their light reflectiveness. They can also be dyed easily with the Acid Dyes to fit in with the Bride's chosen c

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  • There are two types of lino cutters available from George Weil. The traditional lino cutter requires you to push the blade away from you in order to cut the block. It is important to keep your hands well away from the moving blade in case the blade should slip while cutting. The blades for the handle in our photograph are held in the handle with a

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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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  • By Allison Holland I have very little weaving experience but wanted to see if I could add a continuous warp to the Mini Loom sold by us here at George Weil. I had thought that the loom was just a basic frame and that the size of the woven cloth would be determined by the looms length and width. However, the warp can be extended so that scarves or t

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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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  • Air dry clay is a versatile product that can be used in many craft projects. It dries solid, and yet allows additional clay to be added even after drying. The clay's nylon reinforcing fibres are an excellent bonding agent which reduces brittleness. This means it does not need to be heated, unlike traditional clays that need to be fired in a kiln at

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  • Have a go at this satisfying and effective method of creating highly textured, handmade paper from fibres (the silk papermaking or silk fusion technique). Here are just a few examples of what you can achieve. These examples use silk fibres, skeleton leaves, strips of paper, and scrim. The technique, which is similar to paper-mâché, can be achieve

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  • Lino Printing Lino printing is a subtractive process, meaning you cut away the areas you do not want to print. The remaining raised areas are inked with a roller (called a brayer) and a sheet of paper or fabric is placed over the inked lino block. The back of the paper is then either burnished (smoothed) by hand, with a baren tool or with the back

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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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  • PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED. Here's a great opportunity for all budding artists. BBC1 is looking for the best of Britain's amateur artists for a new competitive arts series. The programme is looking for amateur painters from all over the UK who have a passion for painting and drawing. Applications are invited from all no

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  • There are a variety of artists' paints offering different properties. Watercolour Paints Watercolours are made from a mixture of pigments and gums, water is applied to make the paint soluble. The colours appear transparent when painted onto paper, the intensity of which can be increased by allowing paint to dry before applying further layers. There

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