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This painting techniques section, which is continually expanding, has information, demonstrations and step by step projects, not only from myself, but other artists as well.
It's hoped this will give a good cross section of different painting methods, techniques and skills you may enjoy trying or learning about.

Cold Wax Painting  
New Zest-it Wax focused site at About Zest-it Cold Wax Painting Medium
New Information about the Cold Wax Painting Medium on Zest-it site Cold Wax Painting Medium
New Brushable Wax Resist for use with watercolour instead of masking fluid Brushable Wax Resist
New Zest-it Wax Solvent Wax Solvent on Zest-it dot com

Oil Painting Techniques

A step by step guide to painting flowers with oils wet-on-wet. A Hibiscus flower painted using oil paint on canvas. Wet-on-wet Hibiscus flower
Colour mixing information especially for oil paint - what you need to know to help with mixing oil colours. colour mixing and how to avoid 'making mud'
Painting techniques to use when oil painting with warm and cool colours from the 'colour wheel'. About 'Colour' used in painting
Painting mediums can cause confusion for those new to oil painting, if you would like to know more about using them, try this page. Zest-it Clear Painting Medium.
Use this link if you would like to know more about how to give a final protective varnish to your oil painting. Using Damar Picture Varnish
Tole Painting Techniques
Tole painting and a little history about Traditional Tole painting can be found on these pages on our Zest-it site. traditional tole history
Single Leaf Tole painting project. A step by step guide showing the method of painting a single leaf using oil paint. Single leaf oil painting demo
Very popular page of basic Tole brush strokes using oil paint. tole brush strokes 
About One-stroke brushes for Tole painting using oil paint, also suitable for use with other media. One Stroke Brushes
Pen and Ink
New Vintage Pelikan Graphos Pens, nibs and sets. Lovingly reconditioned and in super working order again. Spare nibs and feeds. Vintage Graphos Pens
New Need to remove Indian and Permanent Ink from your dip pen nibs? Have a look at the Zest-it Dip Pen Nib Cleaner, since its introduction earlier last year it has become very popular - 'efficiently does the job!' Dip Pen Nib Cleaner
A guide to using Pelikan inks for fountain and dip pen. Pelikan inks
John W Johnson if you are interested in pencil drwing and 'pen and ink' lots of information.
The Pen and Ink section has the links below plus others, including fitting reservoirs to dip pen nibs. Pen and ink
The properties of ink and its use with dip pens, getting the ink to flow, types of ink to use and more. Properties Ink and its use
 Classical Transparent, Liquid Gouache, Permanent Pigment (India ink) and Natural Historical Ink About these Inks
Dip Pen nibs for drawing - an introduction into the type of dip pen nib to use in pen and ink drawing and how to choose them. Dip Pen Nibs
Vintage dip pen nibs and many others at our new online shop for those interested in anything Pen and Ink. Dip pen nib shop
Coloured Pencil
New Zest-it Pencil Blend and the Blending Sponge reviewed by this excellent pet portrait artist Amie Howard, you can find a link to the review on her website, you can also watch her work live! Amie Howard
If you are new to blending Coloured pencils and blending techniques using Zest-it, you may find some insights using the link. Coloured Pencil Blending
Terri uses a brush to blend her CP's and she demonstrates this in the video link. Terri pencil blending video
Lots of information, interesting links and artists demo's on using Coloured Pencils, different papers and solvents. Making a mark
Zest-it Blending Sponge for blending Coloured pencils. Blending Sponge
Parchment Craft
Blending Coloured pencil on Parchment paper, using the Blending Sponge and inking using a dip pen nib. Blending and Inking on Parchment
This parchment craft was supplied by a good friend of mine who teaches. parchment techniques
Oil Pastel
The in-depth Oil Pastel page on covers surfaces that can be used, blending the pastels and using Zest-it with Oil pastels.  Oil pastels
Gouache Painting Techniques is a new book I've produced, to help those wishing a solid introduction into using Gouache. PDF format  Gouache Painting Techniques
An Introduction to Gouache paint, it's properties and painting techniques. Gouache Paint
Liquid Gouache Ink, super, easy to use alternative to tube Gouache. Liquid Gouache Ink
Regardless of the medium used, the information on these pages relating to colour, colour mixing, tonal values and the colour wheel still applies.
colour wheel
tonal values
Silk Painting
Silk painting techniques, galleries and instructions can be found on Leonard Thompson's site. silk painting instructions.
Acrylic painting
New Acrylic Brush Cleaner, bring stiff acrylic coated brushes back to life. An introduction to the brush cleaner including a video. Acrylic Brush Cleaner
New If you are looking for tuition in Acrylic painting then pay a visit to Will Kemp's art school, well worth it. Will Kemp's Art School

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