The Traditional Artist’s iPad: a guide after 12 years of experience

This post is not sponsored or affiliated and I don’t get any money if you buy an iPad. My experience with the iPad as a (mostly) traditional artist I’ve been using an iPad for over 12 years and love it as a “sidekick” to my art endeavors. I know MANY artists who do digital painting […]

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How drawing with ink makes me (& you) a better painter

As most artists know, painting is an exercise in decision making. What materials to use, what colors to mix, how to apply each color…the list goes on. A single painting can be made up of thousands of small decisions.Some decisions are easier than others. And occasionally, the painting seems to decide everything for itself and […]

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New Gouache Travel Palette Colors for Plein Air (July 2022)

Lately I’ve been diving deeper into exploring GREENS and GREYS. At first I was determined to make an entirely separate travel palette containing custom mixes of greens and greys. Upon further thought I realized that two travel palettes wouldn’t align with my goal of slimming down my travel supplies. Less is more when painting outside. […]

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Etchr’s Gouache Brushes – Close Look | Comparison

Etchr is one of the few companies who have a set of brushes marketed towards gouache painters. Are they any good? And how do they compare to Etchr’s watercolor brush set? Let’s discuss! My first impressions were that the gouache brush hairs are very fine and very soft, and not as densely packed as the […]

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Comparing and testing BRUSHES FOR GOUACHE (flats) | Only vegan & under £20

This blog post will contain results from my search for the perfect brushes for gouache, comparing and testing brushes, and all my insights into the process with video examples. Each brush must adhere to my criteria: Must be under £20 Must be synthetic (vegan) Must be flat Must be easily available where I live (highlands […]

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How to DEEP CLEAN your Gouache Travel Palette

How to clean gouache travel palette

Do you use a gouache travel palette? If so you know how messy they get! I usually deep clean my palette every few months. In this post I’ll show you step by step how to clean, mix, renew your gouache from dry and filthy to new! I will also tell you everything I know about […]

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30 Day Outdoor Painting Challenge

During April I took part in a 30-day outdoor painting challenge known as #PleinAirpril – if you want to see lots of lovely artwork, use that hashtag to search on instagram or pinterest. So much good stuff out there!Anyways, for my challenge I used gouache in a toned paper sketchbook. See below for my travel […]

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Updated Shinhan Touch Twin Marker Color Chart (Feb 2022)

As I continue along my journey to learn how to use alcohol markers, I have decided to document the progress. Last time I mentioned markers, I shared my new set of Shinhan Touch Twin Markers and a color chart that was missing a lot of colors I didn’t know I needed. So it’s time for […]

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