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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.

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
New Links to brushes, knives, surfaces and tools used in oil painting. Brushes, surfaces and tools for oil painting.
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 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
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
Zest-it ® and Zentangles ® If you've not tried Zentangles, an excellent tutorial on using Pencil Blend to blend coloured pencils to add colour to tangles. Blending Coloured Pencils
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
Karen was kind enough to send a link to a super Tutorial she has done on Coloured Pencil "Portraits using Zest-it Pencil Blend". Pencil Blend Tutorial by Karen Hull in the tutorial section
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
Lovely Parchment work by Aileen Childs, she also has free patterns. Parchment work
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.
Egg Tempera  
Egg Tempera - an introduction and step by step instructions. egg tempera instructions.
Beautiful Egg Tempera paintings with emulsion recipes and instructions. by James Eddie
Pete Saw and I have been friends for a long time, with many discussions about the merits of oil and watercolour painting! Good projects to try. Pete Saw's website
Pencil sketch with the pencil marks and methods used to render the drawing, more drawings can be found in the Pencil Gallery with technique information alongside. cottage

Pencil Gallery

New Lots of help and information here about many different types of Carbon and Graphite Pencils, definitely worth a browse. Pencils4Artists
The Pastel Gallery has been updated with some close up detail of the strokes used. Beech wood
Over the wall.
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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