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Calligraphy art supplies

Say what you feel with calligraphy art supplies

There is definitely something romantic about the ancient art and historical nostalgia of calligraphy. To simply define it as ‘beautiful writing’ is apt as it comes from two Greek words: ‘kallos’ which means ‘beauty’ and ‘graphein’ which means ‘to write.’ The personalised and tactile experience of creating expressive, rhythmic brushstrokes and beautiful lettering with artistic...

A basic guide to art pastels with art pastels

Art pastels – A basic guide to pastel painting

Scouring art supplies online is an inspirational exercise, and a set of art pastels – with its gorgeous colour offering – is likely to motivate you to get out your art paper and start experimenting. Fun factor aside, many artists love using pastels as they are a predictable medium; what you see is what you...

Abstract art

For the love of abstract art – It’s all about playing with art supplies

Having its roots in Cubism (thank you, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque), abstract artists love to experiment with shape, colour, line, texture and a range of art supplies in seemingly random and chaotic ways. And yet the skilful melding of soft hues or splatters of energetic brightness results in a balanced and harmonious visual ‘story’...

Art materials for beginners

Basic art supplies & tips for beginners

You’ve watched the art tutorials, signed up for the free webinars, created a Pinterest board and inspirational art ads are conveniently popping up on your FB and IG feeds. You cannot wait to get started. But then you go online for beginner art supplies and quickly feel deflated as you are not sure what you...

Art papers for differnt paint mediums

Which artist paper is best for which paint medium?

As you scroll through the many inspirational art materials and supplies online, your muse is interrupted by the overwhelming selection of art papers on offer. Your first step is determining the type of medium that fits your artistic personality – oils, acrylics or watercolours? From there it gets a little bit easier in determining the...

Plein Air Painting

Get outdoors & start painting ‘Plein Air’

Let’s get straight down to business and suggest that if you haven’t yet painted en Plein Air, then you haven’t painted outdoors. Pardon our French, but ‘Plein Air,’ literally translated, is ‘outdoor painting.’ If you have lugged your easel, palette, paints, brushes, canvas and sketchbook to some idyllic outdoor location, then you are in good...