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Pink Pig Sketchbooks

Pink Pig Sketchbooks

Popular sketchbooks Jane says a few words about the popular range of Pink Pig sketchbooks - prompted by a new delivery to the Market Place shop.Silk covered Posh Pig The silk covered posh pig is covered in a handmade silk paper front and back. We...

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Pebeo Marbling Inks

Pebeo Marbling Inks

Jane looks at Pebeo Marbling Inks.What do I need to achieve a marbling effect on paper? I’m going to look at Pebeo’s marbling inks. There are nine colours available and a thickening powder called Marbling Bath. This fantastic, colourful range makes...

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Gesso – buy or make?

Gesso – buy or make?

Last week Jane looked at making and using egg tempera. In a similar vein, this week she looks at gesso - making your own or buying it.What is gesso for? It is a primer! Traditionally gesso was a mix of an animal glue binder which is usually rabbit...

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Egg tempera

Egg tempera

Jane takes a look at using tempera (or egg tempera) as a medium for painting. It was replaced by oil paints centuries ago but, for aspiring artists, is offers some unique and valuable differences over the use of oil paints.What is egg tempera?...

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Cleaning brushes

Cleaning brushes

In this blog Jane takes a look at cleaning your brushes. She uses acrylics and has found that soapy warm water does the trick and then a good rinse to clean the soap away. But here she just checked whether she was doing the right thing?Cleaning...

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Using gold leaf for your art or craftwork

Using gold leaf for your art or craftwork

Adding a touch of luxury to your work Using gold leaf, whether it’s the real thing at 23ct or imitation gold leaf, will add luxury to your art or craft work. Jane takes us through the different options and gives an overview of how to use it.Why...

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