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Watercolour Hare

As you can see from this I am still in watercolour/animal mode. Quite different to my usual abstract stuff! I wasn’t quite so happy with this painting of a hare but there are some parts that I like, particularly the “hairiness”. That wasn’t intended to be a pun by the way!

I used Roman Szmal Aquarius watercolour paints for this, they have become my absolute favourite watercolours. My brushes are Kum Memory Point and a Rosemary & Co dagger brush, half inch, sable blend. I love the dagger brush and it gets used for about 90 percent of my painting. You can achieve broad marks or very fine lines from just the one brush. I am using it so much that I will have to get myself a couple of back ups. Rosemary and Co brushes are such excellent value for money, really good quality and they are hand made.

I still have a few more animals that I need to paint but I am getting very distracted doing some vinyl cutting designs for putting on to bags and t shirts. More about that in another, upcoming post. Speak to you soon!

Fabulous new brand of watercolours! Creepers and Grannies…

First of all I must apologise, as this review is long overdue. A couple of months ago, after reading glowing reviews of Roman Szmal‘s Aquarius watercolour paints, I decided to splash out and buy some. I got a bit carried away and ordered 53 pans of paint. Part of the reason for ordering so many was that I ordered them from Poland: https://www.szal-art.pl/szmal-aquarius-akwarele-w-kostce_1857_8170/ It was more economical on postage to buy in bulk. Another reason was the very reasonable cost of the paint, from 1.75 euros per full pan.

Since then, Jackson’s Art in the UK : https://www.jacksonsart.com/roman-szmal-aquarius-watercolour-paint have started stocking them, although they are a little more expensive there, starting at ÂŁ2.50 a pan. To be honest, I would probably order from Poland again as they were sent out the same day as I ordered and only took a week and a half to arrive.

I had meant to do a review as soon as I received them but time got away from me. As you can see I have been playing with these quite a bit since I bought them. These two boxes are cheap ones that I bought off Amazon and filled with the Aquarius paints. All except two of the pans in them are Aquarius. One, Cobalt Teal, was a colour that was out of stock when I ordered, so I substituted a Daniel Smith tube paint in that pan. The other non- Aquarius paint is another Daniel Smith, Serpentine Genuine, which I couldn’t find an equivalent of in the Aquarius paints.

I have to say that I absolutely adore these paints. As you will see if you look at my doodles below, I am fascinated by granulating colours (grannies). Many of the Aquarius paints granulate beautifully. Another thing that I love are what I call the creeper paints, which force their way into other pigments. So for example Cherry Quinacridone Red (PR209) put down alongside Perylene Green (PBk31) will push into the patch of green and all but take over. Many of the quinacridone colours behave in this way. Another example is Cobalt Turquoise (PB36) and Naples Yellow Deep (PBr24), this time it is the turquoise that pushes the yellow.

I very much enjoy using these paints, they are rich and lift up readily from the pan. There are a total of 140 colours! 116 of the colours, are single pigment colours which is great and the ones that are mixes are really useful ones. There are a couple of lovely greys, Shadow Violet and Przybysz’s Grey as well as some colours that settle into their component colours as they dry giving some beautiful effects. All of the colours are wonderful. 🙂

I think that as soon as I can save up some more money I will be trying the rest of colours on offer. I can thoroughly recommend these paints to anyone, amateur or professional. They are high quality paints at an affordable price.

New mixed media paintings

Stripes 2

I have been playing about with my acrylic paints, inks and Neocolors. I used  heavy weight water colour paper as a base.

The ink is from Sakura’s Pigma pens, which are pigment based and fade proof. I especially love the brush tip version.

The Neocolor crayons are water soluble, so will dissolve with water to create a watercolour effect. I used to be sceptical about their usefulness, until I got some to try. Now I wouldn’t be without them. They are great to take sketching too.