6 Useful Items for Your Christmas List

So Christmas is coming up and it is a time when you can gain some extra art materials.  Perhaps friends and family are asking what art materials you would like?  What will you say when there are so many things you could ask for?  It is hard not to ask for something that is a bit more of a ‘luxury’ item but my advice would be to make sure you have the essentials first.

Everyone will have their own ideas about what they need materials-wise, but below I have made some suggestions of the materials that I have found most useful:

1. A Good Quality Sketchpad

A4 or A3 Sketchpad
A4 or A3 Sketchpad

If you haven’t already ask for a good quality sketchpad with thicker, grainer cartridge paper. They are much nicer to draw on and they are made better which means they won’t fall apart when you transport them.  It will also cope will with small studies in other media other than pencil. A4 or A3 are the best sizes to go for.  Hard-backed ones will last longer and protect your work.

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How Do I Handle Working Outdoors?

Just the thought of working outside is intimidating for many of the beginner learners on my courses.  There are many benefits of doing some drawing and painting outside, so here are some tips to prepare you to go out.

There are many obstacles to drawing and painting outside, the British weather is one of course as it is not always sunny and warm.  Then there is all the other factors like the fact you can feel very ‘on show’ with every passer-by looking over your shoulder! These interruptions in busy areas from inquisitive public are not always welcome or conducive to our best work. I will explain some ways of getting around some of the issues of working outside.

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