Tips and Tricks – 3: Poster style

Think vintage railway posters – they’re probably the most iconic. Blocks of colour. You can skip the detail but accentuate the shadows, highlights and the structure of hills and shapes. Looking at, for instance, Blencathra, pick 3 or 5 colours: highlights, midtones, shadows. Mix enough paint – it can difficult to match exactly once you […]

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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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