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Abigail Van der Weerden
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If you look after your paint brushes they should last a long time. Firstly lets look at how to look after them whilst they are not in use. Where do you store your brushes? Brushes should be stored horizontally ie lying down, not hanging, not upright and…

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I store my brushes in separate boxes for each painting medium ie a box for oil brushes, another for acrylic and another for gouache, my watercolour brushes have ended up in a brush roll instead of a box for some reason. Today I am going to talk about the…

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There are many different types of brushes on the market, it can be very confusing for a beginner  and even an artist starting a new medium. So, let us examine the brushes that can be used when painting with watercolour. Watercolour brushes are using made…

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A little while ago I took the opportunity to study the changes of light and shadows across a the length of a single day upon a still life setting. The still life was set up near a set of double doors that faced north, this allowed for the morning sun to…

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Watercolor Fun! Wet in Wet is a playful and exciting watercolor technique to use when mixing colors. It sure beats the boring color wheel approach. Wet into Wet Watercolor Wet in wet, its fun and exciting. Its not boring. Its a great way to build your…

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Painting from manipulated photos. #painting #referencephotos #photomanipulation #paintingtechniques

Last year I was introduced to playfulness of painting from computer manipulated digital photos.  Using photos that I had taken from around my environment I chose a few to manipulate through photo editing software.  The two free software programs I tested…

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This is my first ever blog post and while I was trying to think of the best way to start my gaze fell on the newly finished painting on my easel; my first subject. An oil painting on one of the roses from my garden. 18 x 24″ in size. When the canvas was…

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