As I wrote in my previous blog post I modified my tiny and trusted watercolour box in order to hold 30 colours. The idea of holding 30 colours in tiny wells came to me when I realized that large watercolour palette boxes were neither convenient nor useful for my painting style, that is to paint […]
I have talked elsewhere about my tiny watercolour box that it is actually a modified old cigarette case. This box turned out to be the most convenient box for outdoor sketching as it is small, compact and super lightweight.
Royal Talens the company that produces Van Gogh watercolours, updated recently this line of watercolours by adding some new colours and improving the consistency of the already existed ones. Van Goghs are the watercolours that I favour, partly because I use them for countless years due to their high quality and affordable price but mostly […]
Hi! I’m back on my blog with some new tutorials and reviews. Here I share with you a rather straight forward tutorial on how to mix skin tones in watercolours. The concept is quite simple. I’ve swatched light medium and dark skin colour mixes, that are useful when you are painting realistic portraits.
Large watercolour paintings can be quite tricky to photograph sometimes. The camera has to be of a very good quality, with very good lens that doesn’t distort the edges of the image, and good sensors that can catch accurately the colours of the painting, mounted on a tripod with a good light installation in order […]
Let me present you here how I modified my vintage metal Prang watercolour box. This was a box that was gifted to me among other Prang boxes. The metal box was the most promising one and so I took the decision to change it a bit. This box’s dimensions are 21,5 x 5x 1 cm […]
Last September I received as a gift a variety of Prang watercolour sets, sent to me straight from US. Prang watercolour sets are ( as far as I know) very popular school watercolour paints. They are not available though at European market and the sets that are retailed from European online stores are ridiculously expensively […]
According to this site: Chalk resist: Chalk resist is a thick paste made from powdered chalk mixed with water. This paste is brushed onto the desired areas of a sheet; once it is dry, the thick layer of chalk protects the underlying paper from wet watercolor washes. The chalk can be easily removed by counter-rolling […]
I have reviewed till now various sketchbooks but I want to make an honourable review to my Neochart sketchbook. Honourable because Neochart is a local paper company that produces mainly various school paper stuff. Its watercolour ( and drawing ) sketchbooks is a relatively new addition to their collection and of above average quality ( […]
Time for my next review.. This time I’ll give a review for Strathmore 400 series Watercolour 300 gsm paper sketchbooks hardbound. I recently bought two of them in two different sizes. A4 portrait and A5 landscape.
It is the time to give my review on Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook.
Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours have become quite popular among watercolourists and crafters so I was very curious to check myself what is going on with these watercolour sets. Kuretake Gansai Tambi are Japanese watercolours. Kuretake and other reviewers claim that they are something between watercolour and gouache due to the binders that are used, in […]
I recently purchased a Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media 190 gsm vellum surface sketchbook and roll and below you can read my review about this particular paper. Strathmore’s 500 series papers are advertised as this manufacturer’s most expensive and of the higher quality papers. I bought this time a relatively light paper at 190gsm and […]
Back from my holidays and I have already uploaded my travel journal sketches. This trip was marked by small but quite irritating disasters that had mostly to do with my equipment and the weather in Alexandroupolis. As this city is a coastal one the weather was hot and humid working on 300grs all cotton paper […]