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, grainy cartridge paper. They are much nicer to draw on than low quality sketchpads 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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Why You Should Forget the ‘Finished’ Piece

I thought I would write this blog as it is another theme I have picked up on in my teaching experience, the obsession over the final piece.  I think we all like the idea of working towards a finished developed piece of artwork and there is nothing wrong with this.  It is just sometimes as beginners it might be better to approach smaller chunks at a time by doing several small things like sketching, drawing exercises and colour mixing, rather than being fixed to the idea that we have to complete final pieces and to perfection because this may not be realistic.

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