• Art Materials,  Materials & Techniques,  Techniques

    Exploring Pigments

    I have always loved the idea of making my own art materials, and at the same time have always been interested in their history. For me, pigments represent art materials in their purest form, and have a beauty all of their own. Nowadays, most people buy ready made art materials, with a vast array of pre-mixed paints available, but the basic pigments have always been available for artists to purchase and mix their own paints, while if you really want to take it even further and source your own pigments and colours from nature, it can be an entire voyage of discovery! Unlike many ready-mixed paints which will dry out…

  • Art Materials,  Materials & Techniques,  Techniques

    Dip-dyed Landscapes

    I love water-colour, I love landscape art, and I also love the dip-dyed effect. However in spite of my love of watercolour, I’ve never really mastered it as a technique – as a medium it can be difficult to control – and perhaps that’s where my problem has always been, I was trying to control it too much. I recently treated myself to some new water-colour inks, and decided to just play with them for a while purely for the sheer pleasure of it. Me and the boys did a lot of this while my computer was broken, and you’ll probably see lots more of it on here in the…