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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Daler Rowney Paint set

Daler Rowney Paint set

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney/ Cryla Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
  • Item number Art Code; 128900400 (this actual set is discontinued, the review is essentially for the paint itself rather than the specific set)
  • RRP at time of writing: Single 75ml tubes £5.95 – £10.95

Reason For Buying

I had an introduction set of 22ml tubes of these from YEARS ago, that I bought for my late father. I love using them, so I bought this set to expand my pallet. I wanted a reliable quality acrylic paint, which would give me plenty of options for finished results and styles of painting.

Content

Item shown in picture is; Cryla Artist Qualtiy Heavy Body Acrylic; Classic set and contains 8 x 75ml tubes in the following colours; Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Crimson, Coreulum, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna.

 (This actual set is discontinued, the review is essentially for the Cryla paint itself, rather than this specific set)

Daler Rowney Cryla Acrylic Paint

Daler Rowney Cryla Acrylic Paint

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Artist quality Paint
  • Large colour pallet to choose from including metallic and interference colours
  • Large range of mediums to mix with the paint to create different effects and finishes
  • Well known established manufacturer & brand
  • Heavy Body Acrylic gives lots of possibilities for finishes

Cons

Haven’t really got any, there is still some smell, until the paint dries, but it is minimal with these paints. MUCH less than the System 3s that I had trouble with.

Build Quality

 Superb quality and very reliable.

Value for Money

Excellent! This is a top quality reliable paint that is worth the investment. The tubes are metal and look like they will last well. If you are confused by the pricing I quoted at the top of the review, the prices vary dependant on the pigment used in the paint. There are four different series of colours grouped by price, at the time of writing they are as follows

  • Series A; £5.95
  • Series B; £6.50
  • Series C; 8.75
  • Series D; £10.95

To see the full colour pallet available and which colour will fall into which price band, please visit the manufacturer’s website, which I’ll link to at the end.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, these are superb.

Summing up

I love the quality and versatility of the Cryla range. It blends and mixes beautifully and with the addition of the mediums you have a huge range of options for how the paint looks and performs. Well worth the price and I highly recommend it to you all.

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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 Hard Backed Sketch Book

Daler Rowney Hard Backed Sketch Book

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney
  • Item number 813500500
  • RRP at time of writing: £8

Reason For Buying

I’ve been using this range of sketch book style for years. I usually go for the Blue Wave but I can’t find it in the A5 format so I went for the Natural instead. Its cover looks like handmade paper with leaves embedded in it, but it is a wipe clean cover so fine to take out and about.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Sewn bound so no pages falling out
  • 150 gsm Acid free cartridge paper,
  • A5 Sketch book great for location sketching as its robust but not too heavy to carry
  • Great for pencil sketches, some ink sketches
  • Will take a light wash without cockling too much, but don’t overwork this
  • Great with Kuretake pens, no bleed through
  • Great for Art journalling

Cons

  • Havent got any

Build Quality

Excellent! Ive been using these for years and they are always a joy to use and reliable quality. The sewn in pages  mean theres no fear of pages dropping out as could be a worry with a glued in page.

Value for Money

Excellent. Not the cheapest sketch book but its quality cardstock, acid free, well bound so worth it.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes!

Summing up

A perfect companion for sketching away from home. No ring binding to snag on your bags lining. Keeps its shape well. I Have these in A4,5 and A6.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Aged Gold

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This is another in my series of throwing colour around and seeing what turns up. I love Cryla paint and the gold especially. Here is a piece I painted onto matt board, the kind of board that people use for picture framing ;)

Aged Gold Art

Aged Gold Art

This month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge is Paint. Go on give it a go, dig out the paints from the back of the cupboard and throw some colour around. Just paint em on, in what ever colours you fancy, like you did in primary school. Its much more fun and liberating when you stop trying to paint an image and just go with the flow of colours you like. You might not always end up with something that you want to show anyone, or put on your wall, but if you had a good time while creating YEY!!!!!

In a quote from Suzi Blu, repeat after me;

‘I give myself permission to create the worst art imaginable’.

GO on say it and mean it. I took Suzi’s advice and wrote that on the first page of a sketch book, and when doubts set in I read. ‘In this book I give myself permission to create the worst art imaginable.’ Do you know what happened? It took all the pressure off and I can honestly say there’s only one page in there that I don’t like, well that went ‘wrong’ and in fairness I learnt from that page, what didn’t work, so nothing has failed.

Put out some paper/ protect your work surface, get out a pile of paints and go for it, pretend you are 5 and have been let loose in the paint box. No rules, just fun. Play as messy (or not) as you like.

Then come and tell me how you got on, I’d love to hear your stories.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another ATC that I made after playing with my Daler Rowney System 3 acrylics.

Red Texture ATC

Red Texture ATC

This one has a dark base colour, some metallic and then ageing effects applied on top. It needs more work but I have left it as is at the moment. I’ll return to it again when I have more of a plan as to how I will use it.

On the back I made a note of what paints and colours I used, so I’d remember in case I want to develop this or remake a similar colour way. Do you do this too?

I really needed this months Virtual Crafting Challenge to give me the nudge to get the paints out and play, its been a lot of fun.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Daler Rowney; System 3, Acrylic Paper

Daler Rowney; System 3, Acrylic Paper

Daler Rowney; System 3, Acrylic Paper

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney, System 3,
  • Item number;
  • RRP at time of writing: A5 pad around £5

Purpose

For use with pencils, paint. Acid free 20 sheets A5 149 x 210 mm 230 gsm/ 140 lbs. 5.9 x 8.3″

Reason For Buying

I saw this demo’d on Create and Craft by Steph, who was using it for one stroke painting. I have Sheena’s Paint Fusion stamps and want to have something to practice my techniques on, without a lot of preparation time for surfaces.

Pros/Cons

  • Acid Free
  • Excellent weight for painting
  • Really makes paint colour look vibrant
  • No need to prime or prep the surface, just paint
  • Easy and efficient

Cons

Not a con, just be aware that the surface of this paper has a linen effect. This adds texture to your work and acts like a key to grab the paint.

Build Quality

Excellent. The pad is glue bound at the top edge. Pages stay stuck well but tear off cleanly without damage or residual glue left on the page edge.

Value for Money

Great, this size is really portable for sketching trips but there are also pads available in A6, A5, A4 and I think A3 but check with your local stockist.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! This is a fabulous surface to paint on. The paint glides on effortlessly no drag, the texture looks lovely with dry brush strokes. The paper really makes the paint colour show up well.

Summing up

I bought the A5 pad to try out and I love it. I will buy more of these. Great when you don’t have a lot of time for prep and just want to get straight into painting. I used this for One stroke painting with the System 3 Original acrylic paint and they really are a perfect pairing. It is a great surface for practicing those Paint Fusion and One Stroke painting techniques on and a good weight if you wanted to make toppers for cards. It would also be ideal as the base card itself, fold in half for an A6 card and paint on the front, job done!

Links

For more details of the manufacturer, the System 3 product range and stockists, please follow the links below.

A great starter collection in Daler Rowney System 3 Original paint.

A great starter collection in Daler Rowney System 3 Original paint.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Paints 'Original'

Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Paints 'Original'

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney, System 3, Acrylic Introduction Set (Original)
  • Item number 129100015
  • RRP at time of writing: £15-17.50

Reason For Buying

I saw these demo’d on Create and Craft by Stephanie for one stroke brush painting. I love Sheena’s Paint Fusion Stamps but didn’t want to be limited to the Pebeo paint she uses with them. The System 3 meant I could explore many different techniques at an affordable price.

Purpose

Student quality acrylic Paint. This set includes a set of 10 22ml tubes. These are the Original set which is a flow formula, as opposed to the Heavy Bodied set also available in System 3.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • A great selection of colours
  • Can be mixed with each other for a wide selection of colours from a small pallet
  • Original is the thinner more fluid version of the acrylic paint
  • Student quality so more affordable than Cryla (artist quality) for getting started and trying ideas out.
  • Mixes well with a variety of mediums for different effects, can be mixed with Cryla the artist quality heavy bodied variant.
  • There is a heavy bodied version if you want a more dimensional effect
  • Works well with Sheena’s Paint Fusion style of painting.
  • Works well for one stroke painting too.
  • Cost effective way of starting out.
  • Easy clean up with soap and water
  • These are a great size to travel with

Cons

Just one the smell! I started getting a tickly throat, which turned in to a cough, then I realised it was the smell from the paint. If you have ever walked into a room just after someone used hairspray and caught the remaining spay in your face, that’s what they smell like.

Possibly not how they are designed to be used, but being used to ‘craft’ paint, I made the mistake of using a heat gun to speed dry a layer or two of paint. This made them smell so much worse! Don’t get them hot! Later when I read the technical specs on the paint, it does say avoid heating them and that they contain formaldehyde (in a very small quantity) as well as ammonia, hence the smell that gets to your throat. If you are less of a sensitive flower ;) and used them in a well ventilated room and avoid the heat gun, then you will probably be ok. My painting that I did on water-colour card, still smells strongly nearly a week later though :(

Build Quality

Excellent. Well fitting lids, superb paint. Daler Rowney are long-standing art company and a name to trust. The paint is also manufactured here in the UK. The flow formula is wonderful and real quality, superb if they call this a student range!

Value for Money

Excellent. This is a versatile paint that will mix with various mediums and paints within the Daler Rowney Acrylic brand. Ideal if you want to try acrylics for the first time and want to try a few varieties before you settle on one you like.

Would I buy it Again?

No but only coz of the smell! The performance, coverage and easy clean up make them wonderful in all other aspects.

Summing up

Fantastic paint to get your started or for quantity without melting the credit card. The smaller size of tubes in this set, are 22ml, which is a great core pallet and ideal for travel. They are also available in sets of six for just over £10 if you are on a tight budget but want to try them. This set mixes a huge range of colours from just ten paints, I added a tube of Titan buff to mix with them, for more muted versions of the colours.

They are a student quality paint (ignore C&C who keep saying its Artist Quality, the manufacturers quote it as a student grade). They are great for trying acrylics for the first time, for trying new ideas and give beautiful vibrant results. Try them on the System 3 paper also available to see the best results. The paint isn’t watery or oily, but super smooth, it blends and mixes beautifully.

There are 60 colours currently in the range, which are available individually in 75 ml tubes, or pots of 250 ml, 500 ml. See links at the end, for further details on colours and sizes available.

This is a lovely paint to use, (if you can get over the smell). It flows beautifully and brushes clean up in soap and water (never leave acrylic paint to dry on your brush or your brush will go permanently hard!) I tried these with Sheena’s Paint Fusion techniques and they worked really well. Definitely try those techniques on System 3 paper, it works a dream!

A great starter collection in Daler Rowney System 3 Original paint.

A great starter collection in Daler Rowney System 3 Original paint.

The System 3 Original, is a flow formula but it is also available in heavy body. They do mix well with Cryla which IS the artist quality heavy body paint.

Links

Quote from Daler Rowney website:

Available in 75 & 150ml tubes, 250 & 500ml pots, the System 3 Original range consists of 60 colours with 16 of the most popular colours also available in 2.25 litre and 6 colours in 1 litre pots. There is also an assortment of sets made up of the key colours, allowing a comprehensive mixing capability.The System 3 Have Body range consists of 34 colours and is available in 75 & 150ml tubes, with 10 popular colours also in 500ml pots. An assortment of Heavy Body sets is also available, allowing effortless colour choices.

For more information and colour charts follow the link to the System 3 area of the Daler Rowney website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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