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    Finetec Metallic Watercolour Paint | Review

    I am a huge fan of metallic paints, I use them all the time in my art. And while there are a few brands which sell metallic paints, I think there is one which stands out above the rest. So today I’m going to show you why Finetec makes some of the best metallic and pearlescent inks and why they should be your first choice for metallic paint. About the Finetec Metallic Watercolour It can be slightly confusing when discussing Finetec metallic inks because they are sold under two names. Finetec and Coliro began as one company but recently split into two brands, distributing in different areas. Both carry some…

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    How To Choose The Perfect Sketchbook

    As a design student turned freelance artist, I’ve bought many sketchbooks over the years. Some were bought for a specific purpose,  others because they were the cheapest thing I can get.  Choosing the right sketchbook can be a surprisingly difficult task. I could tell you my favourite sketchbook (MD Paper with dot grids) but what works for me almost certainly won’t work for you. Choosing the right sketchbook involves figuring out what sort of creative activity you want (or will) be doing and finding a sketchpad which allows you to do that thing.  Today I’m going to share some of the aspects you should consider when buying a new sketchbook.…

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    A Beginner’s Guide To Keeping An Art Journal 

    Art journalling can be a fantastic form of creative expression. Art journals tend to take the form of part-written and part-visual journal. You could think of the bullet journal as a sort of art journal; the more visual ones at least. But others choose to have a separate art journal. I love using a sketchbook, it’s an integral part of my creative process where I can save my thoughts and ideas and work on my skills. Though I use this art journal as part of my process, you don’t need to be a professional artist to have an art journal. You don’t even need to be good at art. You’ll…

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    What I Keep In My Bag For Art School

    A long time ago I decided that at some point during my university education I would share a what’s in my bag type post. I know how cliched these types of posts have become but I wanted to do it. Just based on reading a few other similar posts I think what I take with me to university is quite different compared to other students. I’m not saying this in an oh I’m so special sort of way. But art students have different needs compared to English or science students so I thought it would be interesting to share what I keep in my bag for art school.  If things…

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    How To Improve Your Handwriting

    My Instagram bio says that I am a graphic designer with nice handwriting. It says this because I think it’s a fun way of telling the internet I do calligraphy. But also technically it’s a lie because I don’t actually think I have good handwriting. And that’s okay because I don’t always need to have good handwriting. There is a pretty good chance you feel the same way about your handwriting. So today I want to share some of the reasons behind why we think this way and also some small tips which could help you improve your handwriting.  I should probably add that I am not an expert when…