Arts Inspiration and Exchange

For SA locals, you’re welcome to join me and some fellow arty folks to another Arts Inspiration and Exchange morning at 19onGreen, coming up this Saturday. If you need a little inspiration, an excuse to make time for your creativity, have a work in progress that needs some love, or just want some friendly company you’d be so welcome to join us. I have some basic supplies if you need but happy to offer advice in getting your own kit set up too. 

Tickets are only $10, you can buy them here or bring cash (correct change please!) on the day – email me to hold a spot for you. sarah@di.org.au

We had a very diverse group last time, with projects in acrylic, ink, watercolour, journaling and more. Some folks enjoyed trying new brushes, particularly my angled brush which is lovely to use. If you’d like to learn more about using an angled brush I think you’ll enjoy this video demonstration of using an angled brush to create watercolour flowers:

Introducing using an angled brush for watercolour

Angled brushes are available locally and online, I find the Princeton brand excellent without being too expensive, others like Neef. Remember to look at the type of brush and what it is intended for use with, working with water based mediums means you want very soft brushes. 

At the other end of the paint spectrum, some folks were working with very thick paint and impasto techniques. For this you want stiff brushes such as hogs hair, or even palette knives to move the paint around. Here’s an adorable little video about the meaning and history of impasto in painting – it’s usually done with acrylic or oil paints. One famous artist who loved to use the technique was Vincent Van Gogh who worked using very thick layers of paint so at times the canvas surface seems almost sculpted! 

Some folks were working on projects where they were learning how to do a graduated or variegated wash so that for example a flower petal might be pale at the tip and darker at the base. If you are still learning this, there’s many wonderful tutorials online such as this one:

Wishing you the right spaces and people to help you make time for your creativity.

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