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CAUTION: The varnishing of watercolour paintings is a non-reversible addition to the artwork that will permanently change both the nature and appearance of the piece. Understanding these issues as well as performing application testing is critical before applying any varnish to a watercolour painting.   Watercolour paintings are very fragile and easily damaged if not protected. Traditionally framing the watercolour under glass has been the solution. It is possible to varnish watercolour paintings with minimal change to the colour and texture of the painting and to make the varnish completely removable with the use of an isolation coat. Without an...

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Before mixing your oil colours, it is worth spending a little time thinking about the type of surface that you intend to put the colours on. The most common surface for oil colours and one that has been used for centuries is stretched primed canvas. Alternatives include wood panels and medium density fibreboard (MDF), which last a long time and will not bend. If you are thinking of working in the great outdoors then canvas boards may prove a sound investment. Winton Oil Colour pads are a popular choice for sketching and outdoor painting.CanvasArtists have been using canvas for more...

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Artisan Fast Drying Medium can be used to improve the flow and speed up the drying of Artisan oil colours. It also increases gloss and transparency and reduces the appearance of brush strokes making it excellent for glazing and creating fine detail. It is also resistant to yellowing.  By speeding the drying of oil colour by about 50%, Artisan Fast Drying Medium thins the colour and allows further layers to be applied more quickly. If you are painting in layers, Artisan Fast Drying Medium can replace linseed oil and be combined with water and/ or thinner to maintain the 'fat...

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Cream of Tartar is ideal for making your own Fun Dough!1 cup of flour2 tsp. Cream of Tartar2 tbsp. vegetable oil1 drop of Educational Colours Fun Dye1/2 cup saltMix dry ingredients thoroughly. Add food colouring to the water and stir into dry ingredients. Stir over medium heat several minutes until mixture forms a ball. The fun dough will keep for up to four weeks.

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