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Watercolour Paper Guide and How to Stretch Watercolour Paper

Watercolour Paper Guide and How to Stretch Watercolour Paper

by Ellie Jakeman February 18, 2021 11 min read

Stretching watercolour paper is a technique used to prevent your paper warping or cockling. Unstretched paper that is less than 200lb or 425gsm may move and create hills and valleys while you are working on it especially if you use a lot of wet-on-wet or wash techniques, resulting in your pigments pooling in one place.
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How to use Watercolour Brush Pens & Watercolour Markers.

How to use Watercolour Brush Pens & Watercolour Markers.

by Ellie Jakeman February 02, 2021 9 min read 1 Comment

There are many Watercolour Brush pens/markers on the market and a lot of them perform differently to each other, this can be somewhat confusing for the novice or beginner who would like to add them to their repertoire of art materials in their tool box!  Doing your research is vital for saving time and money. 

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Artist Interviews: Lucy Naylor

Artist Interviews: Lucy Naylor

by catherine peters February 01, 2021 4 min read

Lucy Naylor shares with us her inspirations, creative processes and obsession with colour. taking inspiration from Architecture, Lucy works primarily with ceramics and more recently has explored other 3D forms using textile
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OPPORTUNITIES, GRANTS & COMPETITIONS

OPPORTUNITIES, GRANTS & COMPETITIONS

by catherine peters January 19, 2021 4 min read

EVENTS & FEATURES

To help to give direction and a personal goal to aim for, we have listed below artistic competitions and call-outs for 2021, beginning with January deadlines, which we will update throughout the year.

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How to use watercolour pencils

How to use watercolour pencils

by Ellie Jakeman January 13, 2021 6 min read

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES

Watercolour pencils differ greatly from non-watercolour pencils. The difference is in the binder that holds the pigment. Whereas normal coloured pencils have a waxy or oil based binder, watercolour pencils have a water-soluble binder offering a wide variety of application from dry to wet. Once the colour has been laid down and water added, the vivid and vibrant hues are released, dissolving into beautiful washes or deep areas of colour.

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CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

by catherine peters January 05, 2021 4 min read

EVENTS & FEATURES

With museums and galleries closed across the world, many of our arts organisations have moved online, putting together programmes and activities you can access from home, creating communities to share ideas and artwork.            

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valerie ellis- artist

Artist Interviews - Valerie Ellis

by catherine peters January 01, 2021 4 min read

Valerie Ellis, born in the UK, with many years spent in Australia, Valerie is now residing back in the UK. After spending 20 years as a therapist in Australia, Valerie began rediscovering her artistic talents by teaching herself oil painting and developing the skills to make realistic portraits and figurative paintings.
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VIRTUAL CREATIVITY

VIRTUAL CREATIVITY

by catherine peters December 29, 2020 4 min read

EVENTS & FEATURES

As the restrictions during this current pandemic of 2020 look set to become more rigid as we go into 2021, we explore creative learning, available online. 

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HIVEJACKED- A TRAM STOP TAKEOVER

HIVEJACKED- A TRAM STOP TAKEOVER

by catherine peters December 22, 2020 2 min read

 EVENTS & FEATURES

This festive season the tram stops along Blackpool’s famous seafront will be taken over by several local artists, displaying their work in a unique open-air gallery.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

by catherine peters December 14, 2020 1 min read

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FESTIVE MAKINGS!

FESTIVE MAKINGS!

by catherine peters December 14, 2020 1 min read

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES

Alongside our christmas cards, we have been filling our sketchbook with wonderful festive artworks.

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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY - EPISODE 8

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY - EPISODE 8

by catherine peters December 02, 2020 2 min read

Episode 8 'Creating a Landscape'

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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Artist Interviews - John Charles

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

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY - EPISODE 7

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

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES

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

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY - EPISODE 6

by catherine peters November 18, 2020 1 min read

Episode 6  - MASKING & RESIST TECHNIQUES

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

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES

 

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

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY - EPISODE 5

by catherine peters November 11, 2020 1 min read

EPISODE 5 - 'Glazing Techniques'

We explore Glazing, an important technique for all watercolour artists, especially when using a limited colour palette.

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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY - EPISODE 4

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY - EPISODE 4

by catherine peters November 04, 2020 2 min read

EPISODE 4 'Exploration of Brushes (Part 2) Flat Brushes'

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

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 3

by catherine peters October 28, 2020 1 min read

EPISODE 3 'Exploration of Brushes (Part 1) Round Brushes'

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

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES

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

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 2

by catherine peters October 21, 2020 1 min read

EPISODE 2 'Creating a Colour Chart'

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

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WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 1

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 1

by catherine peters October 14, 2020 1 min read

EPISODE 1- 'Creating a Dilution Chart'

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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