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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor & Newton
  • Item number;
  • RRP at time of writing: £3.50 each or sets of 8 at £24.99

Reason For Buying

Lately I have come back to art journalling, one of the things that put me off before was that most pens died as soon as you tried to write over acrylic paint. I have permanant ink drawing pens such as Faber Castel but unless you write before any colour or gesso goes on the page I was afraid the pen would die. Sharpies from the USA work great, especially the white one but are not easy to get in the uk. This just left Sarpie permanent marker which works but you don’t always want thick nibs! On holiday I bought a dip pen so decided to give drawing inks a try, as you can get a variety of nib styles for these pens so it would give a lot of versatility if it could survive acrylic paint.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Inks contain water soluble dies in shellac solution, this makes them durable
  • If you wash the ink off immediately you can clean nibs in just water.
  • Range of 26 colours available, including; Black, white, gold and silver which are useful for many subjects.
  • Good fitting screw on lids
  • Glass bottles are square section at the base making them easy to store and easy to get hold of
  • The black has stayed stable under and over acrylic paint, water colour paint, watercolour pencil (that has been washed out), and Watercolour crayon (again lettering applied after pigment has been washed out to activate it)
Comparison of W&N Drawing ink; used first used under then over the medium named.

Comparison of W&N Drawing ink; used first used under then over the medium named.

Cons

Not a con, just something to be aware of, with the exception of black & white the inks are not lightfast as they contain dyes. This is fine for arj journals as with in a closed book they wouldn’t have exposure to excessive light. The gold & silver are said to show tarnish over time. Please read the full details at the Winsor & Newton website, listed below.

Build Quality

Excellent, a good range of colours and the ink seems stable for mixed media projects as well as more traditional lettering applications. The colours are also mixable to further extend the colour palette. The ones in the picture below are from the Winsor & Newton William Collection

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Value for Money

Excellent. The test bottle I used for this review was my husbands and YEARS old, yet it had not dried out and still worked fine. Having got on so well, I have now bought a set for myself and his old one is just as good as this brand new set I bought, this bodes well if like me you are only an occasional user.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, the set I bought myself was called The William Collection which you can get bundled with a pad of paper from the SAA. I have the second collection called Harry on my Christmas wish list ;) and on a promise for it from DH :) :)

Summing up

If you love lettering these inks are a joy, you can get a wide collection of nibs to use with a dip pen and with just a few inks create wonderful lettering projects and they are also fantastic for mixed media projects too. I had feared these inks would smell bad or be difficult to clean from nibs, neither has proved the case. The white has worked very well over dark coloured acrylic paint, and although you may need to go over your lettering a couple of times for a very opaque result they are still an excellent option for art journalling projects.

Links

If you would like your own inks to try, here are a few places where you can get them from.

For a great selection of dip pens and nibs check out Scribblers website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This month’s stash dive includes the following mixed media items.

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

  • Creative Lettering book by Jenny Doh
  • Winsor & Newton Drawing ink
  • Dip Pen
  • Zig Writter
  • Zig Art & Graphic pens
  • Zig Wink of Stella

Growing up I was a huge fan of lettering and spent hours playing with different letter styles. Over the years I’ve built quite a collection of different pens and so I invested in Jenny Doh’s book for more ideas for lettering for my art & journalling pages.

The inks were due to the purchase of a dip pen and the wish to find an ink that would work over the top of acrylic paint. I’m especially looking for a white ink. I’ll share the results of my experiments and review some of these products on the blog too.

Will you be joining me this month? What will you create from your stash?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A quick picture of a mixed media tag I created after a creative afternoon in the studio;

Mixed media art tag

Mixed media art tag

This mount board tag features,

  • Aluminum self adhesive tape
  • Paints: W&N Galeria, W&N Artist Acrylic paint
  • Mediums: Daler Rowney Texture Paste

Love a bit of distress don’t you? Really pleased with how the mat colour toned down the silver tape and the texture created with the texture paste. Texture paste is definitely something I want to explore and see what I can do with it.

Whats your favorite medium?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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At the beginning of the month as part of the stash dive I wanted to have another go at art journalling. Here is the first page of my new art journal.

Art Journal page; I give myself permission.

Art Journal page; I give myself permission.

Isn’t it a great quote? I read this on Suzi Blu’s blog several years ago and it has made a huge psycological difference to sketchbooks since. Now I have permission to stuff up it takes the pressure off and you can just create. I’m making individual pages so I can stamp off the page and also work on more than one page as an earlier one dries.

If you want to try art journalling, do give it a try its a lot of fun if you just do what you enjoy and don’t put too many rules round it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Ohh how I’ve missed my paints,even the smell and feel of them makes me want to create. After reading Chris Cozen & Julie Prichard’s book, part of this month’s stash dive, I decided to give some of the techniques a try. Here is the result of gel and tissue paper, don’t you just love the texture it creates.

Mixed media art. 'You Inspire me.'

Mixed media art. ‘You Inspire me.’

I adore textures and making things look old, the paint I used was Winsor & Newton Galeria and the dark chocolate colour is Vandyke Brown when I added the water to get it to run down the colour broke up a bit and left the most wonderful gritty look. The finished result is a bit shiny for me so I’ll have another go with matt medium and compare the difference. The Stamp is one of Glenda Waterworth set.

Join me later in the week to read my review of Acrylic Solutions.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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If you have ever wanted to create a vintage crackle effect for your projects, then you have come to the right place. In today’s video tutorial I’ll show you a really quick and easy way to create a crackle with a vintage look and feel. Here’s the kind of look you can achieve with this technique.

Vintage Gold Crackle. Paint Effect

Vintage Gold Crackle. Paint Effect

You Will Need

  • Jar of water
  • Black mount board or chip board painted black
  • Palette Knife
  • Piece of rag or cloth for cleaning tools
  • Small pot or lid from plastic milk bottle to mix in
  • Palette to mix colour
  • Winsor & Newton: Galeria; Modelling Paste
  • Daler Rowney Interference colour: Shimmering Gold

Method

It’s easiest to understand with the video tutorial, but given the global nature of the internet, I’ll put written instructions in as well so if English isn’t the language you use, click on the translator tab at the side of the blog for translation.

Put some modelling paste into bottle top

Mix some Shimmering gold into the modelling paste, a little at a time

Apply the modelling paset onto the mount board using the palette knife (then put the knife into water so the paste doesn’t dry on to it)

Press another piece of black or dark coloured mountboard on to the paste, move the boards around a little to create more texture.

Peel the boards appart while the paste is still wet.

Set boards aside to dry. The gold colour will be more obvious once the paste has dried. Less paste will show more colour.

Options/Added Extras

Another way to add texture is using a scrunched up plastic bag. Apply layer of paste to the board, then while the paste is still wet, dab into it using the bag. As you lift the bag off it will leave texture on the board in the paste.

You will get different effects depending on

  • How much paste you apply to the boards
  • How long you wait before applying the board/bag
  • Experiment and see what effects you can create and which you like.

Links

For links to suppliers of modelling paste and acrylic paint, please check out the Art tab at the top of the blog.

You can also use the techniques I showed previously in my earlier films, to add different texture effects to your paste

  • Faux Crackle
  • Embossed Stone Texture

Hope you give this technique a try, it would be great to add small areas of texture to projects or as surface decoration to boxes and cards. Would love to see what you create using the technique, do let me know what you create.

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;

Winsor & Newton: Galeria; Modelling Paste. Acrylic Medium

Winsor & Newton: Galeria; Modelling Paste. Acrylic Medium

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor & Newton: Galeria: Acrylic Medium: Modelling Paste
  • Item number: 304o815
  • RRP at time of writing: £7.60

Reason For Buying

I wanted to add some dimension to my projects, and experiment with different mediums to see what they could do.

Description

Quote from packaging: Stir well before use. A fine texture paste with a soft yet thick sculptural consistency. Build up depth in layers. Do not over thin with water. Apply with a palette knife and clean equipment with water immediately after use.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Mixes well with coloured paint, but will lighten colours because its white
  • Minimal smell
  • Smooth texture – feels like hair mouse but thicker
  • Cleans up easily from tools using water
  • Dries with a matt finish
  • Great size tub with options of nozel for small amounts or unscrew the lid to use with a palette knife.
  • Lid fits well and is secure

Cons

Haven’t got any. Does what it says on the tin :)

Build Quality

Excellent

Value for Money

Excellent, it costs less than the artist quality range, so is more affordable for trying out ideas, but performs well.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes

Summing up

Great for vintage metal and rust effects for adding some dimensional texture. You can stamp into this when it’s still wet or use it over stencils for specific patterns/designs. Great fun to experiment with, a great addition to your creative palette.

Links

Check out the Art tab at the top of the blog for links to suppliers and manufacturers.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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