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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Winsor & Newton Galleria Acrylic paint in the metallic colours.

Winsor & Newton, Galeria Metallic colours

Winsor & Newton, Galeria Metallic colours

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor & Newton: Galeria
  • Item number
  • RRP at time of writing: £3.50 for 60 ml tubes

Reason For Buying

I love metallic colours for adding highlight to projects.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Galeria is a flow formula acrylic paint, which I find very versatile.
  • Easy to mix
  • Affordable price
  • Great quality
  • Each metallic colour more than doubles your existing palette by mixing and turning original colours metallic.
  • Well fitting lids

Cons

  • Haven’t got any.

Build Quality

Excellent. The tubes are durable, metal in the case of the 60 ml size. The lids fit well and the shape means there’s more to get hold of, when you want to remove them. Don’t be put off by the price, these are superb paints and perform well.

Value for Money

Excellent. A great price to try new colours without breaking the bank

Would I buy it Again?

Totally, I bought all the metallic colours currently in the range; Gold, Silver and Copper.

Summing up

If you haven’t tried metallic paint before, these are fantastic. The flow formula acrylic means they dry fast and are easy to clean off tools. They mix well with Galleria colours to turn your existing palette metallic. BARGAIN! I’ll be sharing how to do that in a later tutorial.

Links

  • Winsor & Newton Manufacturers site
  • Galeria. Manufacturers product page also links to colour chart

Available from all good art stores, check out my art supplies tab at the top of the blog for listings.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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This is a technique that I discovered by accident when playing experimenting with my new Interference acrylic colours. This paint works best over dark colours so I created a dark background and was layering the interference colour and really liked the effect. With a little practice you can make it look like brushed metal.

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journalling and surface decoration

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journaling and surface decoration

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
  • Daler Rowney Interference acrylic colour; Shimmering Gold
  • White Mount board
  • Plate to mix colours on
  • Two scraps of rag
  • Palette knife
  • Jar of water

Method

  • Use the palette knife to apply a layer of Burnt Umber over the whole mount board panel, allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag apply interference gold in ‘grain direction’ as seen in the video and previously in the weathered wood tutorial. Allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag, apply some Burnt Sienna in ‘grain direction’ like you did with the gold. Burnt sienna is semi transparent and will let earlier layers show through but this will warm the colours up and tone down any areas that are looking too bright. Allow this layer to dry.
  • Continue to build your layer till you have an effect that you like, if you like a darker tone go back in with some Burnt Umber with the rag to deepen some areas or perhaps create a frame to the piece.

Like with the other techniques, to get the best results it’s all about the blending. Build up the layers gradually for the best results and allow each layer to dry before you apply the next.

Options/Added Extras

Winsor & Newton Galeria is a flow formula acrylic paint, so the finished result will be flat. This makes it ideal for art journals, ATC and pieces you wish to write or stamp over. If you want a more dimensional effect use a heavy bodied acrylic paint such as Daler Rowney Cryla which will add more dimension to the piece.

Experiment with different base colours and mixes for other effects.

Links

Hope you have enjoyed the video and will give the technique a try, do let me know how you get on. I’d love to see what you create using this technique.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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As part of the online workshop

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Flow formula Acrylic paint: Winsor Violet
  • Daler Rowney; Shimmering Colours: Shimmering Gold
  • Cotton Rag
  • Jar of Water
  • Palette Knife
  • White Mount board
  • Plate to mix colours on

Method

  • Apply a layer of Winsor Violet to the mount board using the palette knife. Allow this layer to dry before you move on.
  • For a darker finish apply a second layer of Winsor Violet to the mount-board. If you apply the paint generously, you can also dab the flat of the knife into the paint to create additional texture. Allow this layer to dry fully before you move on.
  • Put some Gold Interference colour onto the plate. Pick up some of this colour using the rag. Dab off the excess paint on to a clean area of the paint. You only want a small amount on the cloth.
  • Swipe the rag over the board, just catching the top surface. The colour will catch on areas of texture and highlight them. While you get used to the technique, start on the sides of the board and work inwards, if you have too much paint on the cloth you will get a different effect! By starting at the edges of the board and working inwards, the excess paint will be worked off a little on the sides of the board.

Options/Added Extras

Vary how you apply the paint, for different effects. Use varying amounts of paint at each stage and experiment to discover an effect that you like. Try applying the Shimmering gold over other dark colours of card or paint to find more colour combinations you like.

Links

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, do let me know what you think and I’d love to see your experiments with this technique.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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It’s nice to be posting pictures of projects again :) This book features a purple distressed panel that I’ll show you how to create in friday’s video tutorial.

Distressed Purple book, check out the gold.

Distressed Purple book, check out the gold.

Delicious isn’t it? You only need two paints to achieve this effect, come back on friday to see how to create this effect.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some holly berries that I recently painted.

Holly Berries in watercolour

Holly Berries in watercolour

At Christmas my sister-in-law put a sprig of holly to decorate my parcel, since I’ve been trying floral painting I thought it would be a good chance to practice with my new pallet of colours. My colour choice was based on Billy Showell’s pallet in her book; Flower Portraits.

The great thing about this subject is that it doesn’t quickly deteriorate like fresh leaves and flowers, which is VERY useful when you are as new to all this as I am and everything takes you ages! This was painted in my Daler Rowney sketchbook, perhaps not the ideal paper for the number of layers of paint I used. Great for practice though.

 Here’s another view of the painting, without the help of Photoshop enhancing the dull light of the day the photo was taken on. It’s a dilemma in the winter, the light is too dark to take good photos without flash bleaching out all the colours, but if you use Photoshop to brighten things back up, it often changes the colours too much.

Holly Berries in watercolour 2

Holly Berries in watercolour

Items used

Hope you like it too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of holly leaves and berries that I painted recently.

Holly Leaves & Berries

Holly Leaves & Berries

At Christmas my sister-in-law put a sprig of holly to decorate my parcel, since I’ve been trying floral painting I thought it would be a good chance to practice with my new pallet of colours. The great thing about this subject is that it doesn’t quickly deteriorate like fresh leaves and flowers, which is VERY useful when you are as new to all this as I am and everything takes you ages!

Items used

What do you think? Hope you like it too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Winsor and Newton; Heavy Weight Enamelled Box

Winsor and Newton; Heavy Weight Enamelled Box

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor and Newton/ Artists Quality
  • Item number; 94376 91740
  • RRP at time of writing: £110

Description & Contents

A heavy weight enamelled metal box containing a selection of 16 Artist watercolours. Colour selections vary from box to box

Winsor & Newton Enamelled Box

Winsor & Newton Enamelled Box

Reason For Buying

Having painted for years with Winsor and Newton Cotman colours which are their student colours, all the book I read recommend using artist quality paint. So I saved up and treated myself to this set. I chose it because given the cost of artist quality paint – I wanted a sturdy box to keep them safe in.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Artists quality paint is as good as people tell you. It IS worth the investment
  • Room for a small brush in the center section of the box
  • The center section can be filled with pan paint if you want to extend your colour pallet
  • The long ‘v’ section clip that holds the paint in place is very secure, but can be taken out to replace or add extra colours as needed
  • There is a fold over section, which gives you extra mixing space but also keeps a dirty mixing pallet off your paint if you are working on location and haven’t time to ‘clean up’.
  • Great for travelling, very secure lid and the v section clip is very secure to prevent paints moving in the tin.
  • Thumb ring at the base of the box

Cons

As the title suggests this is a heavy weight box. I found it a bit too heavy to carry around all day, by the time you add in the weight of a sketch book, water bottle, brushes etc. But I do suffer from limited dexterity and I’m sure people without this would not find the weight an issue. I have added extra pains through the centre section and my box now weighs 272 grams with space for one more half pan left.

Build Quality

Superb! A really top quality box, well made and works well doo. Lid is easy to open yet very secure. You can even use the indents in the closed lid for resting your brushes on to dry. When the box is open they become the mixing pallet.

Value for Money

Excellent. The artist quality paint is as good as its reputation suggests. This box is sturdy and look like it will last for many years. Well worth the investment.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally! Highly recommend this set either for yourself or it would also make a wonderful present too.

Summing up

There is a lot to be said for the phrase; ‘You get what you pay for’. This set is not cheap, but it is top quality paint in a well made, robust and quality box. There are plastic and lighter weight boxes also available from Winsor and Newton if you want the artist quality paint at a more affordable price. But if you have a special birthday or Christmas is coming, this is a wonderful set to give or receive. One that looks like it will give many years of service. I’ve had mine 8 years now and it still looks like new.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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