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Palette knives and painting knives – the subtle differences explained by Hannah

Palette knives and painting knives – the subtle differences explained by Hannah

Palette knives and painting knives are very similar and can be used for mixing paint or applying paint to a canvas, however there are some subtle differences between the two. A palette knife will generally have a straight handle or one with a very small bend in and is ideal for mixing paint on a palette or plate so you can effectively mix your colours and scrape paint off your palette. A painting knife will have a larger bend in…

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Coliro with Lucy

Coliro with Lucy

Coliro is watercolour mixed with powdered mica – this creates effects to the naked eye that are pretty much impossible to capture using a camera but this blog will give you a flavour of what Lucy has been showing folks live on our Try it Tuesdays here at Tindalls Newmarket. We are going to start with black paper. Use any soft watercolour brush and wet it well with plain water Be patient it takes a little time for the top…

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Hand crafted Coliro Swatches by Hannah and Tash

Hand crafted Coliro Swatches by Hannah and Tash

We are publishing copies of the hand crafted swatches in PDF format so please contact helpline@tindalls.co.uk for a copy if you would like one. Coliro Pearlcolors  are non toxic pearlescent watercolour paints that come in individual pans or sets of 6 or 12. You can buy sets ready made up or you can buy an empty palette and fill it up with colours of your choice. They are handcrafted in a small village in Bavaria and made purely with pigment…

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Chameleon pens by Natasha Alliston

Chameleon pens by Natasha Alliston

I saw a video quite some time ago on Facebook were an artist was using the Chameleon pens and ever since I have been hoping that we would get some into stock and to my surprise and delight we finally received them this month. …Of course I just had to try them out and purchase some for myself for my calligraphy! The Chameleon pens are alcohol based which means you are able to use them along side ProMarkers and Copic…

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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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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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Alcohol Ink Taster Session with Robyn Parker-Love.

Alcohol Ink Taster Session with Robyn Parker-Love.

By Hannah Shepherd, Colchester. We have stocked Piῆata alcohol inks for some time now and Robyn has already taught a workshop in the inks last year. Although I’ve seen lots of Robyn’s artwork I was never quite sure how to use the inks myself. We had a little play with them when we first received them in store, teaching ourselves using Youtube but I have always wanted to see how Robyn creates her amazing pieces of art. We had a…

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Tulip 3D Fabric Paint – Tips, Tricks and Storage by Geoff Siddons

Tulip 3D Fabric Paint – Tips, Tricks and Storage by Geoff Siddons

  Overview Tulip 3D fabric paint is a water soluble, kid friendly paint that is fully machine washable once dry. Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint helps you get creative in 3D, it will hold its form in beads from 0.5mm to 6mm thick straight from the bottle. Available in a variety of colours and finishes, this premium quality non-toxic paint is formulated for lasting adhesion to fabric so your designs remain dimensional and won’t crack or peel, wash after wash. Each…

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