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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 :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Derwent Graphitint pencils, the tin of 24.

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Derwent/Graphitint
  • Item number: 0700803 (Set of 24)
  • RRP at time of writing: £35.75

Purpose

Quote from Product packaging:

  • Used dry Derwent Graphitint is a hint of colour but adding water transforms the tint into rich vibrant shades.
  • Available in 24 colour tints ranging from Soft Greys, blues and greens to glowing russets plums and browns.
  • It is ideal for landscapes, animal studies and portraits.

Reason For Buying

When dexterity allows, I’m getting back into pencil sketching. Although I like pure graphite sketches, when I heard about these I just had to try them. I was getting my sketching supplies together, when I dug out a little set of 6 of these that I forgot I had! They were great. So I invested in the whole range of 24.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • The round casing on the pencil makes it comfortable in the hand
  • Great colour coverage either on its own or over other graphite
  • Works well on a variety of surfaces. Lovely on smooth paper but for more textured projects try using on rough watercolour paper.
  • Colours are subtle and you can add highlights to a drawing using them dry
  • Colours activate well, and when the water is added the colours really pop.
  • Add more water to blend away pencil marks, or only just touch the surface gently to keep the original drawing. Depending on the style you are creating.

Cons

A yellow or lighter ochre would have been a nice addition to the palette. Also I find the lids have a tendency to drop off in transit, so I always secure them with an elastic band.

An old soap box grumble, I find the lids of these tins to have a tendency to drop off if you store the box in a sketching bag. This is a shame as the 24 tin is a great one to take on field trips and to classes. I like that the lid is fully and easily removable and that you can sit the pencils back in the lid, so if you are short on space its ideal. Their wooden boxes are superbly designed and hold everything secure, which are available for other products in the range. Perhaps if the lid was hinged and had a catch it would solve this issue. I have a work around, I always use elastic bands or other ties around the tins, at all times. Even if I’m not going out and about with them, the water-soluble cores are more delicate and need respect and TLC.

Build Quality

The pencils themselves are superb. Quality wooden casing, colour core is superb and a joy to work with, whether you are using them on smooth or more textured surfaces. The colour is super smooth and has great coverage. Delightful dry or used wet.

Value for Money

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Excellent. These aren’t the cheapest pencils but they are top quality and well worth the asking price. I haven’t seen any other make produce a product that looks like graphite with just a hint of colour, let alone one whose colour transforms like this does, when wet.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. I have the full range now, but the pencils are available individually which is great so as they wear out I can replace them.

Summing up

If you enjoy sketching in pencil, do give these a try. The colours are really subtle when used dry and would be a very gentle accent to a project. Adding water really makes the colours pop. If you aren’t sure you can buy individual pencils to give them a try.

Derwent Graphitint are available in individual pencils, blister packs of 6, tins of 12 and 24.

Have you used Graphitint pencils? I’d love to hear what you think about them too.

Links

  • Derwent Pencils Manufacturers website, colour charts, product lists, tutorials and so much more. Check it out!
  • Derwent on You Tube Tutorials on a selection of their products and previews of the DVDs
  • Graphitint pencils Manufacturers page about the Graphitint pencil range, and link to PDF colour chart.

Suppliers

Great places to buy your Derwent Graphitint pencils

For more details please check out my Art – supplies tab at the top of the blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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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 :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Pocket Pencil Wrap by Derwent

Derwent: Pocket Pencil Wrap

Derwent: Pocket Pencil Wrap

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Derwent
  • Item number 2300219
  • RRP at time of writing: £5.60

Reason For Buying

I wanted a small ‘container’ for my essential items for field trips, something I can pop in a bag/ jacket pocket without having to take everything with me. All too often I carry far too much and get fed up with carrying a heavy bag, especially if the day was a day out and I was just taking sketching stuff, just in case I saw something to sketch.

Purpose

Sturdy canvas wrap, holds up to 12 pencils, Slips easily into a pocket.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Denim like fabric looks like it would last well
  • Edges are bound so less likely to wear
  • All sides of contents are covered, so it will protect your materials well
  • Top flap folds over a divided pocket and the whole thing folds in half so it takes up very little room.
  • Sturdy without being either bulky or heavy
  • Velcro closure when folded in half, so secure in your bag

Cons

Haven’t got any. Looks like it will do just want it says on the label and just what I want.

Build Quality

Great

Value for Money

Excellent. A great price for a great product.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. I’m getting a spare one for myself and another for a Christmas gift for my husband.

Summing up

If you want to travel light but keep your materials safe this if for you. It does indeed hold 12 Derwent pencils yes even the thicker barelled ones. Alternatively it will also hold three water brushes and still have room in the second section for pencils/pens.

A fantastic item, ideal for sketching away from home, without weighing you down. Just add a box of watercolours and a sketchbook and your fave pencils/brushes in the wrap and you are good to go. Would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves to draw.

Inside the Derwent: Pocket Pencil Wrap

Inside the Derwent: Pocket Pencil Wrap

If you are a coloured pencil artist and want more storage, check out the larger Pencil wrap that will hold 30 pencils. There is also a much bigger variation; Carry All, which has pencil storage on a ring binder clips within a bag. (Which I’d like to see, but think it would be a bit big and heavy for me).

Highly recommend this Pocket Pencil Wrap to everyone.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Derwent Inktense pencils.

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Derwent/ Inktense
  • Item number: 0700929 (set of 24)
  • RRP at time of writing: £35.75

Purpose

Quote from Packaging: Derwent Inktense combines the brilliant intensity of pen and ink with the versatility of line and wash. Apply pure, vibrant dry colour then wash the pigment out completely to leave a translucent ink like effect. Once dry the colour is permanent and can be worked over with other media. The possibilities are endless.

Reason For Buying

I went for these set of 24, for the wider range of colours. These pencils appealed to me for the fact they say once dry the colour doesn’t re-activate. I love water-soluble pencils but have struggled when using them, as when I try to overlay colours the earlier layers wash off. I hope to use these for mixed media work as well as quick sketches.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Love the colour range
  • Super smooth application of colour
  • Colour mix beautifully if applied in the same layer.
  • For a glaze of another colour let first layer dry and new layer will keep its own colour and not blend with earlier ones.
  • Able to layer with more colour without disturbing earlier layers
  • The 24 are a great mix of colours which you can blend for even more colour options. A great size for location/classes
  • The round pencil casing is comfortable in the hand for sketching for longer periods.
  • Useful that the lid comes off completely and will sit neatly under the box, while in use. Handy if you don’t have a lot of room.

Cons

The only issue I have with Derwent is the tendency for their lids to come off when you don’t want them too. I took a tin like this out in a sketching bag and when I opened the bag the tin had opened and the pencils were loose in the bottom of the bag.

This was on a different tin but of the same design, by the same company. Now I always err on the side of caution and always use an elastic band around the tin to keep it secure. The lid is easy to remove but it would be nice if it was more secure for travel, as this 24 pencil set is a great size for on the move.

Build Quality

Superb, the colour core is fantastic quality and the wooden casing is top quality and from sustainable forest.

Value for Money

Excellent. Like with anything of top quality not cheap, but the quality is well worth the price tag.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! I bought the 24 set thinking that would be plenty, but the pencils were so good, like the colour magpie I NEED them all. MIL gave me a donation for my birthday so I’m saving the difference and going for the LOVELY wooden box set of the full range of 72.

Summing up

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

These pencils are wonderful, the niggles I had about water-soluble pencils are solved by these Inktense ones. I love the versatility that you can use them like regular pencils dry, add water for a vibrant ink/wash effect and work over the colour without disturbing earlier layers. The quality is fantastic, if you are unsure if they are for you, the pencils are available individually so you can get just one to see if you like them.

I highly recommend the set of 24 as the colour range is more versatile than that of the 12s, the pencils are available in the following sizes

Individual pencils, blister packs of 6, tins of 12, 24, 36 and 72. For a special present there is also a wooden box of 72. I have had other wooden boxes and HIGHLY recommend them, not for travel but they are the most beautiful storage and take care of the pencils. Full sets are an investment, its worth a little extra for the wooden box for the security of the case which doesn’t drop open and looks and feels delightful to use.

Can’t wait to see all the things these pencils can do, really enjoying experimenting with them to find out. There are colour charts available on the manufacturer’s website. If you haven’t used water-soluble pencils before there is also a DVD of hints and tips available separately. It’s a great introduction to the media and you will truly get more from the pencils if you watch it.

Try these pencils, even if you can only get just one. They are a joy to use and will take your art in a new direction, maybe even tempt you to sketch outside (if the weather allows). A great partner product to these pencils is a set of waterbrushes. I use the Pental ones. Ideal for use on location and less fuss than carrying lots of kit.

Links

  • Derwent Pencils Manufacturers website, colour charts, product lists, tutorials and so much more. Check it out!
  • Derwent on You Tube Tutorials on a selection of their products and previews of the DVDs
  • Inktense pencils Manfacturers page about the Inktense pencil range, and link to PDF colour chart.

Suppliers

Great places to buy your Inktense pencils

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Royal Langnickel K4 Palette Knife.

Royal Langnickel; K4 Paletter Knife

Royal Langnickel; K4 palette Knife

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Royal Langnickel/ Artists Palette Knife
  • Item number; #LK-4P
  • RRP at time of writing: £4.50

Reason For Buying

I have been very happy with the plastic set of palette knives I’ve been using so thought it was time I upgraded to the metal version, now I’m using them so much more.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight in the hand
  • Comfortable wooden handle
  • Flexible blade
  • Easy to clean blade
  • Perfect shape for applying and blending paint and mediums.

Cons

  • Not a deal breaker, just a niggle, but the lettering on the handle comes off. This is only a niggle if you were wanting to replace the knife in the future and couldn’t remember it was a K4 or the brand. The text is also slightly embossed into the wood, so hopefully that will survive the life of the blade.

Build Quality

Great.  The handle is super smooth and very comfortable in use. The blade is quite flexible and not scratchy like some metal knives I’ve had in the past.

Value for Money

Great. a reasonable price for a great little knife.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. In fact I already have bought a spare as its become a favorite tool and I’d hate to be without it.

Summing up

Love the versatility of the shape of this knife. If you have a pot of paint/medium its great to dig out material that hides under the edges of the pot. I love the option of a broad or narrow areas on the blade too. The flexibility of the blade makes all kinds of marks possible.

I highly recommend you try one.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Daler Rowney Texture Paste.

Daler Rowney; Texture Paste

Daler Rowney; Texture Paste

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney/ Cryla
  • Item number: 128250017
  • RRP at time of writing: £7.50 from SAA

Purpose

‘Quote from Daler Rowney Packaging’

  • Builds heavy layers of texture in fine art and craft work
  • Directions: Apply with a knife, stick or stout brush to any grease free rigid surface. Including wood stone unglazed ceramic, MDF and cardboard or shape with modelling tools. On flexible surfaces eg stretched canvas, use up to 1/1 with Daler Rowney Impasto gel matt medium.
  • Drying times vary according to conditions. Fill any cracks in very thick applications with more texture paste or Daler Rowney Impasto Matt medium. Sand, carve  and over paint with acrylic colours as required.
  • Suitable for acrylic painting.

Reason For Buying

I had ideas for dimensional projects using modeling paste-but that dries slightly soft. When I saw this demonstrated on Creat and Craft, I pounced on it, as this does the kinds of things I wanted to do. It also looked like it dried much harder.

Pros/Cons

  • Can be used alone for a white finish
  • Builds textures and dimension. Great for faux stone like finishes
  • Mixes with colours for a coloured ground
  • Dries overnight
  • From the jar it is white, so ideal to paint over
  • Stamp into it while it’s still damp for debossed effects
  • Easy to clean tools in water, clean immediately so the paste doesn’t dry on your tools
  • No smell, other dimensional products have had harsh ammonia smell, but there is no smell with this product YEY!!!!
  • Use with stencils and over textured paper for effects

Cons

Haven’t got any, its done all I asked of it and more

Build Quality

Excellent, It really holds shapes you press into it or create with it and mixed with colour or over painted performs superbly.

Value for Money

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Texture paste is excellent value for money, it is such a versatile exciting product. These are samples from just two afternoons playing with texture paste for the first time. Tutorials are planned  ;)

Would I buy it Again?

Totally! LOVE love this product, every time I use it I find a new technique.

Summing up

Lovely stone like texture, created with texture paste

Lovely stone like texture, created with texture paste

Very versatile product. Alters how paint behaves when mixed with colour. Great for adding textures and dimension to your creative projects. If you haven’t tried it yet but like dimensional effects and textures, get some, its fantastic. Because of the weight the product adds to the surface, it is best to use it on a firm support. I’ve used it mainly on Mount board, but have got away with using it on something lighter; 300 gsm, but I’m still going to mount that onto mount board for better support.

I adore textures and look forward to experimenting with a variety of tools with this paste to see if I can recreate my favorite textures in paint. If you have masks and embossing folders experiment with cardstock and paste combinations. I have now been able to use my collection of brass stencils that I haven’t had the dexterity to use before.

Really enjoying this product, its exciting and so much fun. Hope you get some soon and will share how you use this excellent product. I’ll experiment and see if painting over it will give me a good enough black, otherwise I’ll beg D.R  to make a black version of the product, as this is going to be FANTASTIC with those interference/shimmering colours they make.

Short version: Joy in a Jar! :) :) :)

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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