Category Archives: Painting

Marbling on Fabric and Paper

Deka Outline Paste, 25ml

Think of marbling as a printing process. Paints or inks are suspended on the surface of a prepared solution of size. Size, is a jelly-like mixture of a thickener such as Manutex RS, Methyl Cellulose (CMC powder) or Deka Marble Medium and water. The marbling medium (size) is poured into a shallow tray and the […]

Printing and Painting with Procion MX dyes and Acid dyes

Painting with dyes

Painting or printing fabric with dyes will leave the fabric with a softer handle than with paints. Painting with Fabric Paints Silk and fabric paints contain pigments that settle on the surface of the fibre from which the fabric is woven, along with a fixative to attach the particles. The basic paint is made from the […]

What is Batik?

Applying wax with tjanting

Batik is a method of patterning fabric or paper using melted wax. This creates a barrier, or resist, to prevent dye from colouring the waxed areas. Wax Melting Pot The safest and easiest way to melt the wax is with an electric wax melting pot. The temperature in this wax pot can be thermostatically controlled […]

The Tixor Malam Wax Melting Pot

Wax melting pot for Batik

Planning to do a lot of Batik or Encaustic Art? A thermostatically controlled wax melting pot is an essential addition to your tool kit. This wax melting pot is mains operated through a British 3 pin plug. Temperature Control The melting capacity of the Tixor Malam Wax Pot is 300ml and the adjustable thermostat can be […]

The Fabulous Autofade Pen

Use the autofade pen to trace images onto silk

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 […]

DEKA Transparent & DEKA Cristal

George Weil have been selling the range of DEKA paints for many years and they continue to be popular with our customers. The DEKA Transparent and DEKA Cristal paints are fully transparent, bright colours which dry to a glossy finish on glass, metal, wood, ceramic, polymer clay, metal foils, acrylic and more. The difference between […]

The Pocket Color Wheel – a guide to mixing colour

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 […]

The Rain Stops Play with Jacquard Dye-na-flow

Attempt two of the Jacquard Dye-na-flow Sun Printing test was scuppered when, once again, the sun became swallowed up by rain clouds. I first discovered the technique of heliographic sun printing when Pebeo brought out their Setacolor Soleil paints and I was given the opportunity to test them with my children. This image (right) shows […]

Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Fabric Paint

Jacquard Lumiere paints come in a range of highly pigmented metallic and pearlescent colours. They can be used on a variety of materials including fabrics, leather, wood, paper, clay and knits. This thick paint is smooth to apply and does not spread, allowing good control during application. It can be heat set on fabric with […]

Types of Watercolour Paper

With such a large range of materials available to the budding artist it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. There is a huge choice of surfaces on offer and the artist will usually settle on a brand after some experimentation. Here we look at the types of paper available for painting with […]

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