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Watercolour Wednesday-Episode 8 'Creating a Landscape'

Watercolour Wednesday-Episode 8 'Creating a Landscape'

by catherine peters December 02, 2020 2 min read

Our final episode of 2020 brings together all the techniques showcased over the last 7 episodes along with new techniques, to conclude with a final piece.
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John Charles.  photo credit: @dayvidbolton

Artist Interviews - John Charles

by catherine peters December 01, 2020 4 min read

John is a contemporary artist based in the city of Liverpool, growing up in Kirkby, he was extremely proficient in art and loved it during his time at school, he did not consider making it a career until his road to recovery lead him back to his childhood passion......
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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY EPISODE 7 - 'Creating Textures'

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY EPISODE 7 - 'Creating Textures'

by catherine peters November 25, 2020 1 min read

Episode 7 - 'Creating Textures'

Our episode shows you how to create texture using non-specialist supplies such as sponges, rock salt and clingfilm.

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Which Gold is Gold?

Which Gold is Gold?

by catherine peters November 23, 2020 6 min read

As our beloved Museums and Gallery doors close once again, let's open up our studio or kitchen tables to the Arts and Crafts for Christmas!
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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY EPISODE 6 - 'Masking & Resist Techniques'

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY EPISODE 6 - 'Masking & Resist Techniques'

by catherine peters November 18, 2020 1 min read

We are looking at Masking and Resist watercolour techniques in this episode.

Our In-House artist Ellie Jakeman takes you through resist techniques using both tea-light and Taper candles plus masking techniques with our own ARTdiscount masking fluid and masking tape.

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Create your own Christmas Cards!

Create your own Christmas Cards!

by catherine peters November 16, 2020 1 min read

Using watercolour Glazing techniques from episode 5 of Watercolour Wednesday, Ellie guides you through some festive creating to make your own Christmas cards using techniques shown in our previous episode.

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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY EPISODE 5 - "Glazing Techniques"

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY EPISODE 5 - "Glazing Techniques"

by catherine peters November 11, 2020 1 min read

An important technique for all watercolour artists, especially when using a limited colour palette.
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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 4 'Exploration of Brushes PART 2-FLAT'

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 4 'Exploration of Brushes PART 2-FLAT'

by catherine peters November 04, 2020 2 min read

Welcome to Episode 4!

Ellie Jakeman, guides you through how to use your new flat and fan brushes with mark-making, textures and patterns......
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Artist Interviews- Garth Gratrix

Artist Interviews- Garth Gratrix

by catherine peters November 02, 2020 7 min read

Garth Gratrix, a Blackpool based Contemporary queer artist, curator & director who successfully established the only contemporary studio within Lancashire coastline and whose work represents how his choices are influenced by his own queer identity.
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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 3 'Exploration of Brushes PART 1-ROUND"

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 3 'Exploration of Brushes PART 1-ROUND"

by catherine peters October 28, 2020 1 min read

This episode, Ellie Jakeman, guides you through how to use your new brushes with mark-making, textures and patterns......
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How to use graphite pencils

How to use graphite pencils

by catherine peters October 22, 2020 3 min read

All great art starts with a sketch 

Picasso owned an impressive 175 sketchbooks filled with ideas at the time of his death. Pencils are a great way to sketch ideas quickly or make beautiful, detailed drawings. Using a good range of graphite pencils allows you to explore a broad tonal value and achieve varying results.

 

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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 2- 'Creating a Colour Chart'

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 2- 'Creating a Colour Chart'

by catherine peters October 21, 2020 1 min read

Welcome to Episode 2!

Create a colour chart with your new watercolour pan set or tubes

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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 1- 'Creating a Dilution Chart'

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 1- 'Creating a Dilution Chart'

by catherine peters October 14, 2020 1 min read

Welcome to our first episode for Watercolour Wednesdays! We are joined by artist Ellie Jakeman who has extensive experience using watercolour both as an artist and an art teacher, designing courses for large classes and small groups

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Artist Interviews - Ellie Jakeman

Artist Interviews - Ellie Jakeman

by catherine peters September 30, 2020 4 min read

Ellie Jakeman is an artist deeply connected to her home town of Blackpool. After studying at Blackpool School of Arts and Manchester Metropolitan University, Ellie became a teacher, developing curriculum across Textiles through to Fine Art. 

 

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Bob Ross Happy Accidents

Bob Ross Happy Accidents

by catherine peters September 28, 2020 4 min read

An American painter, art tutor and television host, Bob Ross is now a household name. Ross created and hosted “The Joy of Painting’ an instructional television programme that aired from 1983 to 1994 in the United States.
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What is Heavy Body Acrylic Paint?

What is Heavy Body Acrylic Paint?

by Ben Platt July 23, 2020 3 min read

In this article we discuss heavy body acrylic paint, its what it is exactly and ways you can utilise this exciting medium in your own painting.
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What supplies do you need for GCSE art?

What supplies do you need for GCSE art?

by catherine peters June 17, 2020 5 min read

As we approach the time of year to begin preparing for a new school term, many of our teenagers will be embarking on their new G.C.S.E subjects in September, whether that be physically in their schools or virtually from home, they will still need certain equipment.
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Acrylic Pouring Mediums: How to Get Started

Acrylic Pouring Mediums: How to Get Started

by catherine peters June 10, 2020 3 min read 1 Comment

If you are feeling the urge to play with paint and colour then using an acrylic paint pouring medium, also known as fluid art and liquid art, is the perfect way to start.

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New: ARTdiscount Brushes

New: ARTdiscount Brushes

by Sean Keogh May 06, 2020 1 min read

ARTdiscount are expanding our own branded brush range. Look below to see what we've added to our collection:
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Royal Academy: Summer Exhibition 2020

Royal Academy: Summer Exhibition 2020

by Jessie Crook January 30, 2020 1 min read

Get ready to discover works by household names and emerging artists at the Royal Academy of Arts annual celebration of art and creativity. Open for entires. 
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Piñata Alcohol Inks

Piñata Alcohol Inks

by Larissa Brierley January 22, 2020 1 min read

Add more brilliant colours to your art or try something new, with Piñata alcohol inks. Now available at ARTdiscount.
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What are the best acrylic paints?

What are the best acrylic paints?

by Ben Platt January 15, 2020 4 min read 5 Comments

Acrylic paint is still a comparatively young medium unlike watercolours and oil which have been used by artists as far back as the 1500’s and earlier still. In this article we discuss what we consider to be the best acrylic paints to get your hands on. 
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Own brand: Extra Soft Pastels

Own brand: Extra Soft Pastels

by Jessie Crook January 14, 2020 2 min read

As you may know, our essential collection has expanded once again. This time we have added two sizes of pastel sets, in this post you will find out all about them.
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A Guide to Artists Wooden Panels

A Guide to Artists Wooden Panels

by Ben Platt January 13, 2020 3 min read

Wondering how to get started with painting on wooden art panels? Well we've got you covered with some advice on how to prep your panels for your next masterpiece.
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