Playing with a Sword Liner brush

Playing with a Sword Liner brush

By Natasha Alliston I have seen a lot of posts lately using Sword Liner brushes on Instagram and Pinterest, and was amazed at what you can do with the brushes. So I thought I would have a go and try some of the ideas myself. Knowing that we stock 3 different sizes from Proarte I decided to try using the large sized brush to play around with. These brushes are synthetic and are predominantly made for watercolour, so I decided…

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How to Decorate Canvas Shoes using Alcohol Inks, Setacolor paints and Tulip paint.

How to Decorate Canvas Shoes using Alcohol Inks, Setacolor paints and Tulip paint.

by Hannah Shepherd For quite some time I have wanted to try decorating shoes with alcohol inks. After watching a few videos online where people used alcohol based Sharpie pens to draw onto the shoe and then used rubbing alcohol to blend the colours. I wanted to try out the Piῆata alcohol inks on fabric just to see if they would work in the same way. I purchased some inexpensive, plain white canvas shoes and then experimented with putting the…

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Testing alcohol inks at Tindalls Colchester

Testing alcohol inks at Tindalls Colchester

In store we decided to test Piñata Alcohol Inks on different papers and surfaces. We tested on Yupo Paper, Bristol Board, Cartridge Paper and Mix Media Paper initially. The Yupo Paper is ideal, because the surface itself is less porous, so the inks sit on the surface as opposed to soaking in slightly which causes the colours to lose their vibrancy. This means we can come back at a later point and rework the piece just by adding more ink…

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Free Demonstrations at Colchester – 2019

Free Demonstrations at Colchester – 2019

FREE Demonstrations – Everyone is welcome, attendance is free, no need to book – product discounts on the day! We have some really exciting new artists demonstrating in Colchester over the next few months. All of our demonstrations take place on a Saturday, 10am – 4pm, are free to attend and we will be offering discounts on the products used. On Saturday 4th May we have Emma Traynor with us who will be using oil pastels in addition to oil…

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Easter Drop in Crafts at Tindalls Colchester

Easter Drop in Crafts at Tindalls Colchester

For Easter we are holding some drop in crafts in store. We are open 11am – 4pm on the bank holiday Friday and Monday. Between 11.15am and 3.30pm you can come in and use Brusho or marble some Easter shapes – bunnies, chicks and of course eggs – for just 20p and if that is not fun enough we also have little clay eggs to decorate with Posca pens for £1. We love Brusho and the Marabou Easy Marble Inks…

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GOUACHE & PITT PENS by Jess Aldridge

GOUACHE & PITT PENS by Jess Aldridge

For my March product of the month I wanted to create something with a splash of colour as I was feeling the spring vibe that came with the sunshine we had at the beginning of the month! Gouache paint sprung to mind! In my free time I create little illustrations using the paint for its vibrancy, fluidity, and opacity, which means you can build up layers of it. Being a lover of bold colours and an indecisive painter, I love…

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Schmincke Aqua Bronze Powders. By Natasha

Schmincke Aqua Bronze Powders. By Natasha

After seeing our Calligraphy tutor Anthea Power use the Schmicke Aqua Bronze Powder in Copper on a demonstration at Christmas I just had to have my own! These powders are lovely, they work beautifully on white but WOW do they ‘pop ’on darker colours like black. These powders come in 5 different colours: Silver, Rich Pale Gold, Rich Gold, Pale Gold and Copper.  What you will need: Schmicke Aqua Bronze powder in a colour of your choice (if you’re like…

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