Tips & Info

  • How to Choose an Easel: Types of Easels, Tips & Pointers

    How to Choose an Easel: Types of Easels, Tips & Pointers

    Date: 30-Nov-2018
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  • What are these brush shapes for..?

    What are these brush shapes for..?

    Artists are always looking for new ways to make marks, and German brushmakers da Vinci work closely with artists to develop special tools to suit... Read More...
  • NEW da Vinci Brushes!!!

    NEW da Vinci Brushes!!!

    The new da Vinci MICRO-Maestro & MICRO-Nova brushes enable the finest painting techniques for the Read More...
  • NEW! Milliput! A 2 part epoxy putty

    NEW! Milliput! A 2 part epoxy putty

    Milliput is a two-part, cold setting, non shrinking epoxy putty sold in cartons containing... Read More...
  • NEW from Hahnemuhle: Harmony Watercolour Paper & Pads

    NEW from Hahnemuhle: Harmony Watercolour Paper & Pads

    Harmony Watercolour is a brand new watercolour paper from one of the world’s oldest paper mills. Although this natural... Read More...
  • 10 NEW GOLDEN COLOURS!

    10 NEW GOLDEN COLOURS!

    Golden have added two new yellows, seven new tints, and brought back... Read More...
  • NEW! Aerocolor Candy from Schmincke

    NEW! Aerocolor Candy from Schmincke

    Date: 05-Jun-2018
    Schmincke have made a limited release of 12 Candy colours in their Aerocolor Acrylic Ink range. Candy are extremely... Read More...
  • Acrylic Pouring Techniques!

    Acrylic Pouring Techniques!

    Acrylic Pours are the popular new trend in acrylic painting, creating random marbled patterns through a combination of colour, fluid binder, and method of pouring Read More...
  • Making Great Art on a Student Budget

    Making Great Art on a Student Budget

    Date: 26-Apr-2018
    Picasso said “You should trust your art supplier more than your art dealer”. At Gordon Harris, we make it our job to help you find the best materials for your budget. Here are some of our Top Tips for starting out Read More...
  • Artists’ Paint:A Closer Look At Quality

    Artists’ Paint:A Closer Look At Quality

    Date: 14-Feb-2018
    Paint quality varies, depending on who the intended user is. We make sure that even our most affordable paint is the best quality that price will allow. For passionate recreational painters and... Read More...
  • All About the Surface

    All About the Surface

    Date: 13-Feb-2018
    The surface you choose to paint or draw on not only becomes a part of your artwork but affects how your materials perform and ultimately survive the test of time. With over 25 years experience in the art materials industry and as a painter, Evan Woodruffe has seen almost every problem that can occur when working on the plethora of surfaces an artist can choose to work on. In All About the Surface he shares with you his recommendations for preparing many different painting surfaces. Read More...
  • Brilliant Colour: About Paint and Pigments

    Brilliant Colour: About Paint and Pigments

    Date: 12-Feb-2018
    Colour is seductive, applealing to us on both cultural and instinctual levels. Everyone responds to colour, but for artists, it's our primary tool. The term "artists' quality" generally stands for the strongest, lightfast colours in the clearest, most durable binders, and while student quality paint suits basic application, colour in its most concentrated form is what really makes a painting zing! Read More...
  • How Artists' Brushes are made

    How Artists' Brushes are made

    Date: 28-Aug-2017
    Evan Woodruffe shares his visit in September 2011 to brush manufacturer Da Vinci in Germany and explains what's involved in making quality brushes for artists Read More...
  • Acrylic Gels and Mediums

    Acrylic Gels and Mediums

    Date: 30-Jun-2017
    Professional acrylic colour, like Golden Heavy Body, Fluid, & OPEN, is concentrated, so it pays to extend it with a medium or gel - but which one should you use? Read More...
  • Banish Solvents with New Medium W

    Banish Solvents with New Medium W

    Date: 26-Jan-2017
    This exciting new oilpainting medium from Schmincke expands painting possibilities with no harmful fumes: mixing 1 part Medium W into 2 parts oilcolour makes the paint water-miscible… you can now thin it with water! Read More...
  • A Closer Look at Drawing

    A Closer Look at Drawing

    Date: 25-Dec-2016
    Drawing is one of our first languages – we use it to communicate even before we can write. As artists, we draw to work out our initial ideas, sketch to free the hand and mind up, use it to acutely observe our subject, as in life drawing and use it to produce finished works. Here we will look at how various drawing materials can be used to effect your desired end result Read More...
  • How Brilliant Colours are made at Schmincke

    How Brilliant Colours are made at Schmincke

    Date: 21-Dec-2016
    Schmincke make colours you fall in love with. How do I know? I've been painting with Schmincke paints for 15 years now and haven't found another colour I would rather use. They are incredibly consistent, and their colours stunning. In 2011, I was able to realise a long-held ambition to visit the source of these wonderful paints (and pastels), the Schmincke factory in Düsseldorf, Germany. Let's take a look at how some of their special and unique colours are made Read More...
  • Artists' Paint: A Closer Look at Quality

    Artists' Paint: A Closer Look at Quality

    Date: 18-Dec-2016
    Paint quality varies, depending on who the intended user is. We make sure that even our most affordable paint is the best quality that price will allow. For passionate recreational painters and discerning professionals, however, there are many qualities besides price our colours must satisfy - the colour must sing! It must perform flawlessly, feel gorgeous, seduce the viewer, last for decades ... in short - it must reflect perfectly what we have in our mind's eye. Read More...
  • Outside Art

    Outside Art

    Date: 16-Dec-2016
    Drawing and painting in the environment "en plein air" is the best eye exercise. It makes us see our environment more keenly than others who merely look. It's an experience unique to artists, akin to the immediacy of life-drawing, and summer is the perfect time to indulge in it. Read More...