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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Daler Rowney Gesso

Daler Rowney: Gesso; White

Daler Rowney: Gesso; White

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney/ Cryla
  • Item number: 128250006
  • RRP at time of writing:

Reason For Buying

I wanted to strengthen pages of a sketchbook so I could use it with acrylic paint. Also to cover over grey board/mount board and paper mache boxes for dimensional projects.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Opaque
  • Great Coverage
  • Can add acrylic paint for a coloured base
  • Great for collage

Cons

Not got any really. Just be aware that gesso in general does add a tooth or key to the surface. Which can make your paint and tools drag a bit over the surface. I save an old brush or use a sponge to apply gesso, to avoid wearing out my favorite brushes.

Build Quality

Excellent, great fitting lid to the pot. You can squeze small amounts out using the nozzle in the lid or unscrew the lid if you want to use a palette knife.

Value for Money

Great. I’ve had mine ages and it’s still fine.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. I love this gesso. It covers well and didn’t dry out in the pot, despite over a year of neglect. Worth the price for a quality product.

Summing up

Great for applying a less absorbent base for acrylic paint, I’ve used it on journal pages to give the paper more weight. On paper mache boxes to cover the board. Add acrylic paint to white gesso for a coloured base. A very versatile product, I’ll show some techniques using it in the coming weeks. If you haven’t yet, do try some gesso, it’s very useful and can be a fun way to experiment with more surfaces to paint onto.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes by Creative Expressions.

Cosmic Shimmer; Vintage Mica Flakes

Cosmic Shimmer; Vintage Mica Flakes

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Creative Expressions: Cosmic Shimmer
  • Item number: Tarnished Bronze; 055260 904440. Precious Gold; 055260 904457. Luna Silver 055260 904433.
  • RRP at time of writing: £3.65 each. I bought mine as a set of three on Create & Craft.

Reason For Buying

Impulse! I am not a fan of glitter because it gets everywhere and I have a lot of static so this makes it worse. THIS on the other hand has much larger flakes. I saw these Mica Flakes demo’ed on Create and Craft by Sue Wilson and they seemed much heavier than glitter and gave a dazzling result. I want to use them with a series of different mediums and experiment, I could see a lot of possibilities with these. I also liked that they were more vintage colours rather than bright or candy colours which isn’t my style.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • 50 ml pot. Large enough to experiment with but not too big to store
  • Good fitting screw top lid
  • The flakes vary in size which adds a nice dimension to projects too.
  • Nice stable pot, with a wide top for pouring the flakes back into. Although I’ll put mine into a bigger box, makes it easier to use and less to clear up ;)
  • Lovely vintage colours, I can see more potential for my uses for these than with bright or candy colours that glitter often comes in. The gold is a nice soft old gold kind of colour, the silver is more like soft pearl and the bronze is a warm version of autumn leaves. Tricky to photograph, but they are totally lush!
Cosmic Shimmer; Vintage Mica flakes. Precious Gold, Luna Silver, Tarnished Bronze.

Cosmic Shimmer; Vintage Mica flakes. Precious Gold, Luna Silver, Tarnished Bronze.

Cons

None, just a little outside my comfort zone ;)

Build Quality

Nice, I like the variation on flake size and the vintage colours. The pots have a nice wide opening making it easy to pour any unused flakes back in. The jars have well-fitting lids that hold well but aren’t difficult to open.

Value for Money

Fair. You get lots in the little pots, and a small amount goes a long way.

Would I buy it Again?

Ask me in a few months. I’m not a big one for glittery things, so I need some time to get used to the concept and how I’ll incorporate them into my style.

Summing up

This was a leap of faith for me, I wanted to add a more textural dimension to my projects and experiment with more colours.

When I’ve had more time to play and experiment, expect to see more projects and tutorials using this product. I can see a lot of potential for this and look forward to finding out what more I can do with it.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Daler Rowney Shimmering Colours set. Shimmering colours are Daler Rowney’s interference colour acrylic paints.

Daler Rowney; Simmering Colours. INterferenc colour acrylic paint

Daler Rowney; Simmering Colours. Interference colour acrylic paint

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney: Cryla
  • Item number: 128 900 125
  • RRP at time of writing: Individual Colours £6.95 for 75 ml tube. Shimmering colour set

Reason For Buying

I have interference colours from another brand, but they aren’t easy to source, the Daler Rowney ones however are much more widely available. I have enjoyed using interference colours so much, I was interested in trying more colours.

Pros/Cons

Pros

Super smooth although the packaging lists them as being heavy bodied they are more fluid than Cryla, had I know this, I’d have bought them AGES ago.

Easy to mix with other acrylic paint for interesting results

Subtle ‘mother of pearl’ like effect when used over light colours or on white card

On dark card the interference colour REALLY pops.

Translucent so you can see some of the earlier layers through it.

No granulation from the mica

Cons

I haven’t got any. There is some smell, but nothing too fierce (and I’m REALLY sensitive to smells). If you have used Daler Rowney Cryla, they smell similar to that.

Build Quality

Fantastic. Really impressive colour flip on dark surfaces, no granular particles visible. As I mentioned before the packaging lists this as heavy bodied acrylic paint, but it is more fluid than Cryla. The texture is more like that of room temperature butter, super smooth and velvety.

Value for Money

Good. Not the cheapes-but well worth it for the quality and versatility of the product.

Would I buy it Again?

YES! I bought a couple of individual tubes to try (careful not to pick the ones that were in the pack) and loved them so much I immediately bought this Shimmering Colours set. I wanted something more fluid than they Cryla paint and these were just that.

Summing up

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Buy them, they are better than chocolate! Simple as that :) If you see the colours on the card and went WOW, then this paint is for you. If you are still on the fence (why?) but check out friday’s video tutorial where I’ll show you all the colours on camera. If you are unsure buy a single colour to see if it works for you. My advice would be to buy a colour that isn’t in the set though, as once you try one, you are bound to love them and want them all.

You will see a selection of videos using these paints in the next few weeks.

Links

Quote: Daler Rowney Site: EFFECTS

Shimmering Colours (Interference Mediums) Available in six colours: Shimmering Gold, Copper, Violet, Red, Blue and Green. Used straight from the tube and applied to a black surface they produce a magical shimmering, metallic, transparent lustre. The most dramatic effects are on black, where colour shows with electric intensity. – Gold  Code 128 075 709 – Violet  Code 128 075 710 – Blue  Code 128 075 711 – Copper  Code 128 075 712 – Red  Code 128 075 713 – Green  Code 128 075 714

Shimmering Colours Set  Gives a shimmering pearlescent metallic lustre when mixed with pure acrylic colour. – Code 128 900 125

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, as part of the Adventures in Acrylics workshop, I will be reviewing; Royal Langnickel Palette Knives for Painting set.

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Royal Langnickel
  • Item number: LP71
  • RRP at time of writing: £9.18

Reason For Buying

I had already bought a Royal Langnickel K4 painting knife and loved it, this set included the K4  and also P10 and P2. So by getting these I can try these out and see what they will do for me. Looks like I got a bargain, I paid £3.75 for mine, but when I checked he manufacturers site they are listed at £9.18.

Pros/Cons

  • Nice and light in the hand
  • Flexible not at all scratchy
  • Beautifully made wooden handles

Cons

Haven’t really got any.

Build Quality

One of the knives in my set had some surface marking on it, but at this price point, you can’t complain, I’m happy to try these out for experiment and if the marking becomes an issue I’ll re-buy this individual knife. The handles are very comfortable and although light are solid. The blades are flexible and not at all rough as some more expensive knives I’ve had, have been.

Value for Money

Excellent, these are good-looking knives and great quality for the price point. Well worth trying a set.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally

Summing up

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Palette knives are great for colour mixing without gunking up your brushes. The knives in this set are superb for applying paint to your chosen surface and great for larger areas too. Palette knives come in a huge variety of shapes and kits like these are fantastic for trying different shapes and seeing which ones you like. The knives give an amazing array of options for applying the paint and creating texture. It took me a long time to try knives, but now I have I love them, I’m using these more than I do my brushes :)

This is an affordable set, I highly recommend you try them. If you have been wanting to try knives for a while, this is an excellent place to start. There are different kinds for different purposes, and when you start out its tough to know which to choose, these sets are an ideal place to start.

Links

The links below will take you to the manufacturers site, from here you can find more information about the product and locate a store near you.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, as part of the online workshop; Adventures in Acrylics, I will be reviewing; Royal Langnickel: 6 Piece Flexible Palette Knives.

Royal Langnickel Flexible Palette Knives

Royal Langnickel Flexible Palette Knives

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Royal Langnickel
  • Item number: RD70
  • RRP at time of writing: £1.99

Purpose

The packet says Quote” Ideal for all arts and crafts projects. Use for maxing paints canvas painting and all creative texture applications. These knives are made of flexible plastic for ease in mixing oil or acrylic paint.” End quote

Reason For Buying

There are a bewildering array of shapes and sizes of palette knives to choose from. I wanted this kits as it has 5 different knife styles to experiment with. Also being plastic, they won’t ruse of be as scratch as metal knives that I’ve seen in the past can be.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Good choice of styles in the pack to experiment with
  • Light in the hand
  • Easy to clean
  • Very affordable
  • Comfortable to use

Cons

Just a niggle, sometimes these knives can be a little too flexible. I was trying to stir gesso and they were bending more than they were moving it. Not a problem with the paints or thinner mediums. Can’t complain, given the price point. I’m still happy with them.

Build Quality

Fair for the price.

Value for Money

Excellent. A great way to experiment with different designs of knife, to see which you will use the most.

Would I buy it Again?

Maybe, but just for spares

Summing up

Royal Langnickel Flexible Palette Knives

Royal Langnickel Flexible Palette Knives

I have another set which look identical to these bur are un-branded. My unbranded ones are a better quality and have a smoother finish and are a bit firmer. That sais when you don’t want to spend a fortune or ruin expensive knives to stir up paint/mediums/ gesso, then these are fine. Ideal to experiment with, but once you find a style that you like, upgrade to the metal versions. I’ll be reviewing the Royal Langnickel metal equivalents soon.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing the; Avon Box Easel

Avon box easel; open

Avon box easel; open

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Avon
  • Item number: Unknown
  • RRP at time of writing: £19.99

Reason For Buying

I wanted a small table top easel that wouldn’t take up too much space to store but be stable in use. Since my sketch book is A5 and I tend to work on this size of paper for my painting too, a lot of easels have been too large and also very heavy.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Light
  • Stable
  • The angled part of the easel folds flat for storage and has a latch to keep it closed.
  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable handle
  • Feet underneath so it doesn’t scratch your table in use
  • Affordable
  • Secure, well-fitting latches for all opening/folding sections
  • Sturdy handle
Avon Box easel; closed

Avon Box easel; closed

Cons

Just a niggle not a deal breaker.

  • Since it has a handle you can carry it by one of the short ends, little feet or some protection for the opposite end would have been nice in case you want to put it down.

Build Quality

Good. The handle and latches ar brass fittings and sturdy. You want to treat it nicely for it to last well but I’m not one to mistreat my tools so its fine.

Value for Money

Excellent. I like the portability and the storage option. I could dispense with some other bags and just use this on a sketching trip.

Avon Box Easel; storage drawer

Avon Box Easel; storage drawer

Would I buy it Again?

Yes.

Summing up

I love this easel! I work on small-scale paintings so don’t need anything larger. Folding flat for storage is a very helpful feature of the easel. The built-in storage space is big enough for essentials and I think I’d try using this on my lap on sketching trips too.

If you want something small, not too heavy but sturdy I’d highly recommend this easel.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; A-Z of Flower Portraits by Billy Showell DVD

A - Z of Flower Portraits DVD

A - Z of Flower Portraits DVD

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Teaching Art/ SAA
  • Item number: TA BSAZD
  • RRP at time of writing: £25.52 or £20.20 to SAA Members

Reason For Buying

This year I want to improve my watercolour painting techniques. To learn more about mixing colours and a more realistic style of painting too. My mobility hasn’t been great, so getting out and about to paint buildings hasn’t been an option. There are however, lots of flowers in the garden, I can try to paint.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Double DVD
  • The DVD is divided into chapters, so you can go directly to a particular project
  • Colour mixing is shown during the painting process
  • Each technique shown, is well described in detail
  • Run time is 130 minutes

Projects included are;

Narcissus, hellebore and anemone. An extra section for adding a water droplet and a gallery of Billy’s work is also on the DVD.

Cons

  • Haven’t got any

Build Quality

Excellent. Sound, lighting and camera work are all superb. Perfect close-ups and nothing seems rushed.

Value for Money

Excellent. Getting to a one to one class would be much more expensive. With the DVD you can re-watch techniques as often as you like, till you get the hang of them. It will be helpful to paint along with Billy on the DVD, to try some techniques too.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally, I have also bought the book by the same name.

Summing up

Billy has really inspired me to get painting flowers, her style is beautiful and she explains techniques so well too. I want to practice these techniques and learn this more realistic style of painting. The book goes into greater detail and is great to have on hand next to me as I paint, but I’m a visual learner and the DVD is excellent. I found the fact that the colour mixing is shown, very helpful too. If you like this style of painting, I highly recommend you get this DVD.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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