Love Your Hair

Sable brushes are not made from sable (Martes zibellina) but hairs from the weasel family. These hairs are less expensive. Kolinsky sable is the best hair, valued for its length, thick belly, fine point, softness and strength. Kolinsky is usually made from Mink and only the tail is used. If you are buying a Kolinsky

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Colours for a Seasonal Palette

To play your colours by eye is worse than playing the piano by ear – John Sloan (1875-1951) Caput Mortuum Pigment Red 101. A velvety purple earth colour, it is also known as Mars Violet or Indian Red. St Lukettes love the intensity and warm radiance of this pigment. Its unusual name is Latin for

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St. Luke Vernissage

Origin French, literally ‘varnishing,’ originally referring to the day prior to an exhibition when artists were allowed to retouch and varnish hung work. Why Varnish? -To protect the underlying painting from damage, dust and dirt. -To uniform the surface and give an even optical reflection. What you want from a varnish -All varnishes should be

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Low Toxic Solvent & Mediums

As artists we occasionally need to use our brains. If you use oil paint in your practice you will be familiar with the joys of inhaling distilled gum turps. If you are particularly naughty the odour of supermarket bought turps will be something you are also familiar with, but please, don’t tell us about your

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Brush Encyclopaedia Part 1

St Lukes brush sale ends this saturday november 20th. Get in quick to stock up on your favourites. Here is part one of the St Luke encyclopaedia of brushes, just so you can know what it does and how it works before you buy it. Ure Sable Brush – Long Handle, Round, Filbert & Flat

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Black and White Pigments

Got any Blacker? It’s not all black and white, there are shades of grey too. Grey areas can happen if you are not sure you have the right black or white when you are making art. St Luke is in Collingwood so we know how to dress in black and white and how to paint

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How to Varnish

It’s easy if you know how… Varnish, let’s talk about it. Are you worried about varnishing because you dont know enough about it? Recently we have had quite a few enquiries about varnishing, so we thought we would supply some tricks and tips to help you become a master varnisher. The following is an edited

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