Tips and Tricks – 2:Watercolour wash

I’ve generally tended to do a fairly dry watercolour painting (misnomer?!) but many people like a wash – so… how to keep your paper from getting too warped? Even the finest watercolour paper can buckle under a wash of paint. Our paper is 250gsm thick. It’s a general paper that the printer recommended because we […]

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Colour Sketch Scotland

We’ve just published “Colour Sketch Scotland”. Take it on your travels of Scotland or bring it back to enhance your memories! I really enjoyed drawing the views. Such classics. Makes me want to organise our next trip up there very soon! Read more and order your copy online: http://studioirena.co.uk/colour-sketch-scotland/

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Colour Sketch Cornwall

We’re very happy to bring you “Colour Sketch Cornwall”. Eight classic views of the Cornish landscape. We’ll sure you’ll recognise them! Hand-drawn sketches, then printed on thick paper, so you can create your own artwork with watercolour, acrylics, pencils, pen and ink – you choose. You can read more and order your copy: http://studioirena.co.uk/colour-sketch-cornwall/

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Tips and tricks – 1: scrap paper

Sounds obvious, but I always have a bit of scrap paper to hand when working on a picture. It’s useful for stuff like trying out a colour before you commit to the real thing. Seeing if your paint is too watery. And pencils… I’m still like a kid when I get a new set of […]

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May Facebook Give-away Winners!

Well done to Jane Macfarlane, Janis Galt Ellison and Sheila Brooke.   *** Competition winners ***Thank you to everyone who took part. Here's my little bucket for the draw…. and the… Posted by Studio Irena on Friday, 1 June 2018  

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May give-away on Facebook

*** May give-away! ***It's been a glorious May bank holiday here in the Lake District.Weather, colours and spring… Posted by Studio Irena on Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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Share your artwork

Kristie D.. painted this version of Ashness Bridge and kindly sent me a picture of it on Facebook. Kristie said: “Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for a great set of Sketches they are exactly what I have been looking for. I am by no means an artist at all but just enjoy […]

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Pencil or watercolour?

Pencil or watercolours? Why not try water soluble pencils! You can get your colours down fairly quickly and then just a little bit of water on a brush will mix the colours and give you a gentle wash. Useful tip: It’s always useful to have some scrap paper to test out what you want to […]

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