I think so! I doubt many artists realise that Muji offer colour pencils, nor that they are actually pretty damn good! I discovered them a couple of years ago when I went on a birthday shopping spree in London and visited one of their stores. Had I seen them online, I doubt I would have … Continue reading Muji colour pencils – Japan’s best kept secret?
This here, is the lovely travel mop brush handmade by Rosemary & Co here in the UK... I'd only ever seen the usual rounded and filbert-tipped travel brushes before, so imagine my delight when I found out that Rosemary & Co have a whole range of them! I'd been looking for a mop brush … Continue reading Gorgeous Rosemary & Co travel mop brush!
I recently got these Talens opaque watercolours, also labelled as gouache. They're a student range - the kind used in schools. I was curious - are they like the Caran D'ache gouache tins or more like the sets of cheap watercolours I have? I don't yet have the Caran D'ache gouache set, so I set about … Continue reading Royal Talens opaque watercolours gouache tin review
SET OF 5 RETRACTABLE TRAVEL WATERCOLOUR BRUSHES FOR £3.43?! Crazy! But... they aren't actually watercolour brushes! Read on to find out more... The picture above shows my entire collection of travel watercolour brushes - the retractable type. Three are from art shops here in the UK: PRO ARTE RETRACTABLE ROUND #10 £12.95 lawrence.co.uk RED SABLE … Continue reading Cheapest retractable travel watercolour brush set!
IKEA do sketchbooks! They have medium and large sized sketchbooks with thick, handmade-type paper in them. I decided to put one to the test! The A4 and A3 sized sketchbooks have plain-ish covers in black or white shades, but the one that I liked was more of a landscape sketchbook/photo album/notebook that came with designs … Continue reading Reviewing the IKEA sketchbook…
My new favourite art stylus!
Most artists will head to their local art shops to search for art supplies, or maybe even look for bargain second-hand items on eBay. However, I have a few other tricks up my sleeve when it comes to getting bargainous and quality art supplies - antiques shops and charity shops/boot sales! When I was on … Continue reading Vintage art supplies – setting up a vintage watercolour palette…
Recently, I decided to try out the Platinum Fude brush pen! I was curious to see how it compared to the Pentel brush pen. Here's what I thought of it! It's a lovely looking pen and comes in attractive packaging. A cartridge is included, but this is the only one - there is not one … Continue reading Fude brush pen versus Pentel brush pen!
I've just returned from a holiday in Wales and felt it was a great time to share with you what art supplies I take with me when I go away, as well as some of the sketching I did while I was there. My travel art kit consisted of: Moleskine watercolour sketchbook Filofax folio with … Continue reading My travel art kit & holiday sketches
This week I am trying out one of my new handmade watercolour sketchbooks that I recently made... I made it myself (and several other smaller sketchbooks) using large sheets of watercolour paper from my local art shop. In total the two sheets - one Bockingford 190 gsm and one Saunders Waterford 300 gsm - cost … Continue reading Painting in my handmade watercolour sketchbook with White Nights watercolours!