Art Materials

So you have taken up art and don’t know what to buy or the differences between each product?  I aim to demystify the area of art materials, explain and offer some tips and advice for beginners…


Which Pencil?  – I explain the differences between the pencil grades

Pencils Explained for Beginners – My advice on pencils for beginners


Which Size Sketchpad? – A look at the pros and cons of each size

Which Sketchpad? – I go through the different types on offer

Watercolour Papers Explained

Dry Media 

Do Artists use Colour Pencils? – A look at the types of colour pencils

Why Are There Different Types of Pastels? – Pastels explained


What is a Blending Tool? – I explain their uses

What is a Viewfinder?


Erasers Explained – Different types of eraser and their uses


What is Gesso? – I explain what primers are for in painting

The 4 Most Useful Brushes – The four brushes everyone should have

What is a Stay Wet Palette? – Explains the importance of a Stay Wet Palette for acrylics


What are Acrylics? – Acrylics explained


What are Oils? – I explain the qualities of oils

Do I have to use Turpentine? – I suggest some alternatives

What are Water-based Oils? – I  explain the differences between oils and water-based oils