George Weil Blog & FAQs

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. If there is anything you would like to see included here or if you would like to contribute an item, please email graphics@georgeweil.com

A Comparison Between Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencil review

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 […]

Painting with Derwent Inktense Blocks & Pencils

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 […]

Natural Dyeing & Felt Making Courses in Scotland

Bristlewhite Long Flat Brushes series B48

Wild Rose Escapes run craft, wild cookery and relaxation holidays and courses in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Their courses include natural dyeing and felt making. We invited owner Rosie to tell us a little more about their craft holidays. “I have been running craft courses in the Highlands of Scotland for over […]

Speedball Speedy Carve Block for Printing & Texture

The Speedy Carve block is made from smooth and flexible rubber. It cuts easily with lino cutter blades and does not crumble, making it ideal for creating detailed prints. The latex free rubber also stops the block from slipping around while it is being cut. The wavy lines on this Speedy Carve block were cut freehand using […]

Help in choosing the right Artist Brushes for Painting

There are a huge range of artist brushes available from the George Weil website and showroom. When choosing a brush you need to consider the type of paint you will be using, plus the amount of ‘spring’ required. The spring of the hairs/bristles is determined by how quickly and easily they can revert to their original […]

Tie-dyeing Onesies using Jacquard Procion MX dyes

Professional Nannies Cara and Kim arranged this fun tie-dyeing Summer Holiday activity to entertain the children they look after. These cotton onesies were dyed by the children themselves. Tie-dyeing is a resist dyeing method. The dye is prevented from reaching the areas of fabric which are tightly bound with either elastic bands or string, or […]

Sun Prints with Transparent Fabric Paints – Tried & Tested

Transparent fabric paints are very effective when used to create sun prints. Here we demonstrate prints made using Jacquard Dye-na-flow and Deka Silk paints in the evening sunshine using leaves as the mask. Creating the Sun Print First make the fabric wet by spraying or brushing water across the surface and then apply the paint in […]

Sun Prints with Cyanotype Chemicals – Tried & Tested

Daler Rowney Soft Pastels - Greens

The glorious sunshine has given me a chance to use the Fibrecrafts Cyanotype Blue Printing Kit. Include in the kit are enough chemicals to make up to 1 litre of solution, a 1/2 metre each of silk and cotton fabric, and a step-by-step instruction leaflet. Cyanotype printing is a negative process – where light cannot […]

Learning Basic Weaving Techniques

For many people the idea of buying a loom, then weaving on it sounds complicated and confusing. Something perhaps best left to professionals and textile artists? This is how I felt whenever I contemplated the practical use of ‘heddles’, ‘warp and weft’ and many other weaving terms. However this week I found myself surrounded by opportunity. […]

Lampshade Decorated with Skeleton Leaves

Here’s a quick fix for a plain and boring lampshade. These lampshades were bought from a well-known bargain value high street store, and we have made them more interesting by decorating them with skeleton leaves. The skeleton leaves are available from the George Weil website as are the PVA glue, glue spreader and paint brushes needed to […]

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