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Equipment needed for watercolor painting.

Plein air painting easel for watercolor

Plein air painting easel for watercolor

From time to time I wondered about the weight and functionality of my plein air painting easel. It took too long to set up and was heavy. This got me thinking about just what is important in an outdoor watercolor easel and how I could reduce the weight so that carrying it around is not Continue Reading …»

Plein air easel for watercolor painting

Towards St Marks Plaza Venice watercolor painting

You can see a photo of my light weight plein air easel below. The whole thing, excluding my plastic palette weighs only 1.146KG (2.527 lb) which is less than a third of the weight of my original setup. The old metal palette weighed 495gm when filled with watercolor paint while my new, modified plastic palette Continue Reading …»

Watercolor brushes – 10 things which will damage them

Do not leave watercolor brushes sitting in your water container

Caring for your watercolor brushes I am often giving my students advice about what to do and not to do with their watercolor brushes so I thought I would see if I could create a list of 10 things which will damage a watercolor (watercolour)brush. It took a bit of thinking but here is my Continue Reading …»

Buying Watercolor Brushes

Round Watercolor Brushes hold lots of paint and bounce back to a point

What to look for when buying round watercolor brushes If you are thinking of buying some new watercolor brushes what should you be looking for and how much should you spend? In the past the answer to this question would have been quite simple, “The most expensive brushes you could afford”, usually this meant one Continue Reading …»

Cheap Light Box for Artist’s Use

Cheap light boxTape tracing paper onto window

How to make a cheap light box About six years ago I was given a great tip for transferring drawings you do on tracing paper or light weight paper such as Bank. This cheap light box is very cheap – in fact it is so inexpensive it is free! After to you complete your sketch, Continue Reading …»