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All the latest goings-on in the world of art as well as 'how to' articles written by our in-house artists, artist and customer interviews and much more.

Meet MEEDEN; High quality Art Equipment, with the look of luxury.

Meet MEEDEN; High quality Art Equipment, with the look of luxury.

Apr 18, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

MEEDEN is a company known for providing high-quality art supplies and tools to artists and enthusiasts. They are committed to inspiring creativity and supporting artistic endeavours through their range of products, which include Easels, Artist Supplies storage drawers, Table Easels, and Artists’ Print rack with castors. 

Everything You Need to Know About Easels

Everything You Need to Know About Easels

Apr 10, 2024 Joseph Short

One of the most important investments you’ll make as an artist is your easel. Here's some advice before you take the plunge!

Product spotlight! ARTdiscount Watercolour panels

Product spotlight! ARTdiscount Watercolour panels

Apr 04, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

In this blog, we'll dive into the details of how to make the most of our Watercolour Panels, sharing tips, techniques, and inspiration to fuel your artistic endeavours. 

Beginners guide to using PanPastels

Beginners guide to using PanPastels

Mar 27, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

Read more about PanPastels on our blog to discover how this innovative medium is revolutionizing traditional pastel art techniques.

A beginners guide to using water-soluble pastels

A beginners guide to using water-soluble pastels

Mar 19, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

Join us as we delve into the world of water-soluble pastels – a dynamic medium that effortlessly blends the vibrant hues of traditional pastels with the fluid versatility of watercolour. Get ready to unlock a whole new realm of creative possibilities!

Artist Interview: Kim Eshelman

Artist Interview: Kim Eshelman

Mar 13, 2024 Izzy Latimer

Kim Eshelman is an American contemporary artist of whom specialises in pastel work. Her landscapes are inspired by her hometown in Washington, with references to trees/ponds/skies whilst playing with light. Kim is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies with regularly exhibiting and awards won. Her work is worldwide, including in the Pastel Museum in Saint-Auyale, France. 

A beginners guide to using Oil Pastels

A beginners guide to using Oil Pastels

Mar 07, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

Discover the vibrant world of oil pastels, prized for their creamy texture and intense pigments, offering endless possibilities for blending and layering on diverse surfaces. Whether you are a seasoned artist or just beginning your creative journey, delve into the versatility and expressive potential of oil pastels in your artwork.

A beginners guide to using Pastel Pencils

A beginners guide to using Pastel Pencils

Feb 29, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

In previous articles we have discussed soft pastels as a versatile and vibrant medium. In this article we will focus on discussing pastel pencils, which are often used in conjunction with soft pastels and PanPastels to provide a more linear quality to your work.

Abeginners guide to using soft pastels

A beginners guide to using Soft Pastels

Feb 22, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

Soft pastels are a delightful medium cherished by beginners and seasoned artists alike for their versatility and forgiving nature. In this post, we will delve into the basics of soft pastel artistry, from choosing the right materials to mastering essential techniques. 

Artist Interview: Phoebe Dee

Artist Interview: Phoebe Dee

Feb 14, 2024 Izzy Latimer

Phoebe Dee is an emerging Freelance Illustrator who is based in Brighton, England. Within her work she specialises in pastels, creating playful character designs! She graduated in 2023 with a BA in Illustration from Falmouth University and from then has took social media by storm with her colourful pastel artworks!

Symbols of 'love' through art

Symbols of 'love' through art

Feb 07, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

Artists from different cultures have been united by themes of love, passion and devotion, openly or symbolically in their paintings, sculptures, sonnets and poems. Paintings that are familiar to us may use many symbols to create deeper meanings within the more obvious narratives.

Artist Interview: Yin Wang

Artist Interview: Yin Wang

Jan 17, 2024 Izzy Latimer

Yin Wang is a figurative and portrait artist born in Nanjing China and currently based in London. Within her practice she primarily works with Watercolour, oil and Gouache and explores her identity and connection to her homeland. She has recently taken part in Sky Arts Portrait Artist Of The Year S10 Ep 6, where her artwork was taken home by Mishal Hussein herself!

Beginners guide to Pastels

Beginners guide to Pastels

Jan 10, 2024 Ellie Jakeman

Have you ever wondered how to use Pastels? Or what kind of Pastel would suit your creative style? We have put this article together to help explain the differences between the various forms of Pastels available!

Artist Interview: Mark Burrell

Artist Interview: Mark Burrell

Dec 13, 2023 Izzy Latimer

Mark Burrell is an English artist whose work is focused around the found object. He earned a BA in Fine Art from Leeds Polytechnic and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from UEA at NIAD. Within his practice he combines collage, print and found objects, truly understanding the relationship with objects and each other.

Arts and Culture Events  Your Creative guide for December 2023 ‘What's On and Where’

Arts and Culture Events Your Creative guide for December 2023 ‘What's On and Where’

Dec 05, 2023 Ellie Jakeman

This last instalment for 2023 brings us an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions and events; theatre, photography, Fashion, an Open exhibition that is 170 years old and a Renaissance Master, Francesco Pesellino!

Innovative and Interesting Gift Ideas for Artists

Innovative and Interesting Gift Ideas for Artists

Nov 29, 2023 Ben Platt

It can be a little tricky finding the perfect gift for art lovers but we hope with this article we can give you some great ideas.