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A Pretty Talent's regular blog often has useful product reviews. Those are grouped together here.

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Using Derwent Inktense on Fabric Fabric Painting, Fabric Art, Fabric Crafts, Free Motion Embroidery, Machine Embroidery, Derwent Inktense, Fairy Jars, Arts And Crafts, Diy Crafts

Using Derwent Inktense on Fabric

Derwent is renowned for great quality art products and their Inktense pencils and bars certainly rank among the best watersoluble products on the market today. I fell in love with Inktense on first use because if its intense vibarant colours. I had read that it could be used on fabric, but remained so fascinated by the beautiful results I got on paper, that I never bothered with using them on fabric. Then I started making hand-painted handbags and suddenly my interest was peeked by…

Chicken Love - A Mixed Media Project Product Review, Some Pictures, Animal Drawings, Decoupage, Mixed Media, Decorative Plates, Arts And Crafts, The Incredibles, Crafty

Chicken Love - A Mixed Media Project

I bought these two large round canvasses a couple of months ago and I could hardly wait to get started on them. Then, quite unexpectedly, my life took a strange turn as the relief post I was teaching in became more fixed. I also had to move house and settle in the town I was now working in, rather than stay in the temporary accommodations I had been occupying. The canvasses took a back seat to all of this. However, things have finally calmed down enough for me to throw myself back into that…

Using Inktense on Wood Product Review, Arts And Crafts, Wood, Pretty, Woodwind Instrument, Timber Wood, Trees, Art And Craft, Art Crafts

Using Inktense on Wood

Today's blog is about using Derwent's Inktense on wood. I know you will think me silly for even attempting this, but I found myself in a tight spot recently. You see, I had decided to show you how great Inktense was when used on fabric. You can read all about this here. When I was done, I liked the project so much that I did not want to condemn it to an album, but decided that I could much more easily use it in a panel for one of my Art Bags. I naturally painted a second one and had all but…

Using the Mouth Atomizer with Ink Product Review, Art Techniques, New Art, Arts And Crafts, Journal, Ink, Pretty, Artist, Blog

Using the Mouth Atomizer with Ink

The main aim of today’s project is to show you how to use the mouth atomizer with ink. I am going to make a page for my art journal commemorating a painting I have done repeatedly for clients (albeit every time with small changes). The scene is of the Knysna heads in the Western Cape province of South Africa. If you ever make your way anywhere, this is high on the priority list of places to see. I start by preparing a sheet of paper with gesso. Gesso will allow just about any paper to take…

Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Test 1 - Paints, etc. Product Review, Paint Markers, Wet And Dry, Fabric Painting, Airbrush, Dog Bowls, Pretty, Blog, Plastering

Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Test 1 - Paints, etc.

A while ago, I sent emails to two local paint and art product manufacturers, here in South Africa. I complained to them that the Clear Gesso available on the market, did not fulfill the need of its users. I sent them an explanation of what I was talking about, and being a blogger, I fortunately had a selection of photos to support my claims. I asked them if they would be willing to look into the possibility of putting a product on the market that would meet the needs I had specified. Both…

Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Test 1 - Paints, etc. Product Review, Paint Markers, Wet And Dry, Fabric Painting, Airbrush, Dog Bowls, Pretty, Blog, Plastering

Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Test 1 - Paints, etc.

A while ago, I sent emails to two local paint and art product manufacturers, here in South Africa. I complained to them that the Clear Gesso available on the market, did not fulfill the need of its users. I sent them an explanation of what I was talking about, and being a blogger, I fortunately had a selection of photos to support my claims. I asked them if they would be willing to look into the possibility of putting a product on the market that would meet the needs I had specified. Both…

An introduction to Dala Chalk Paint Product Review, Chalk Paint, Arts And Crafts, Decorating Ideas, Pretty, Blog, Painting, Painting Art, Blogging

An introduction to Dala Chalk Paint

I recently received a surprise parcel of Dala Chalk Paint. This was waiting for me at home when I returned from a dream holiday with a friend. Sheer joy! I was excited about dipping into my paints again and there is nothing to fan that flame like brand new products! Upon opening the box I found a selection of 12 bottles of Dala Chalk Paint inside, along with a can of Dala Furniture Wax. Lovely! I have been wanting to put these to the test for a while and now I could exactly that. And you, my…

An Introduction to Blackboard Paints Blackboard Paint, Blackboards, Product Review, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Blog, Painting, Chalkboard Paint, Painting Art

An Introduction to Blackboard Paints

Back in the day when I was in school, all the boards in the classroom were either painted black or green. Since then a whole range of fantastic colours have been introduced to the scene and local manufacturer, Dala, has a brilliant range of very high quality blackboard paints. They recently sent me a collection of these and I set out to test them to see if they held up. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they delivered even more than promised. In today's blog I'll introduce the paints…

Knowing About Gesso Product Review, Art Techniques, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Blog, Plastering, Blogging, Art And Craft, Art Crafts

Knowing About Gesso

I have had lots of people asking me about Gesso. When to use it. Why do I use it. How many coats are necessary, etc. Then Dala sent me a bottle of their own Gesso and naturally I set out to test it. I decided it would also be the ideal time to answer all of those privately asked question in a blog so everyone could be privy to the answers. Today's blog gives you the lowdown on Gesso. When an artist buys a canvas, it will probably state that it has been triple primed or triple gesso primed…

A Pretty Author - Miekie: Merry detriment Charcoal, Merry, Product Review, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Author, Change, Artists

Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils

I love working in charcoal! So when I discovered Derwent had a set of Tinted Charcoal there was no doubt in my mind that I would get myself a set of these. This was a couple of years ago and I am still as in love with the pencils, as I was when I first tested them. Let me share my enthusiasm with you. The only products I am going to use are my set of Dewent Tinted Charcoal Pencils and an A4 sheet of Fabriano Elle Erre 220 gsm pastel paper in pale pink. I draw the outline of the bear in Burnt…

Derwent Inktense and a splash of Derwent Watercolour Pencils Derwent Inktense, Watercolor Pencils, Watercolour, New Hobbies, Smurfs, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog

Derwent Inktense and a splash of Derwent Watercolour Pencils

I recently had a conversation with a friend about which product would be the best to buy, Derwent Watercolour pencils, or Derwent Inktense pencils. I stated unequivocally that I would save up and buy both rather than have to choose between the two. That conversation inspired today's blog. Most of the painting is done in Inktense pencils, but I did use two watercolour pencils as well. I'll explain my choices as we go along. I laid out all the products I might use, but in the end used only the…

Product Overview - Wax-bars Part 2 Product Review, Wax, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Artists, Painting Art

Product Overview - Wax-bars Part 2

In the previous blog of this two part series I did a product comparison of Derwent’s Artbar and Reeves’ Watersoluble Wax Pastels. I concluded that both were rather great products that could be used with great success. The question remains if one would be able to use the two in conjunction. This is exactly what I intend to find out in this blog. I decided to copy a fun oil painting of two clowns by C Henning. I cannot be more enthusiastic about Fabriano’s Elle Erre paper. In the comparison I…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Product Test - Faber-Castell Watercolour Tubes Portrait Sketches, Flat Brush, Paint Drying, Faber Castell, Product Review, Watercolor Paper, All The Colors, Color Mixing, Vibrant

Product Test - Faber-Castell Watercolour Tubes

Last month I went to Hobby-X 2019 at the Ticket Dome in Johannesburg. I bought a number of fun things and some brand new and unfamiliar. But I also bought some more familiar products, among which was a set of watercolour tubes. This set was produced by Faber-Castell. I could hardly wait to get my hands into all of the new products, but first up were these wonderful watercolours. I decided to blog about this, as watercolours often get a bad rap for not being bright enough. I deliberately…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Application 2 - Bible Journaling Sample 6 Burnt Offerings, Pitt Artist Pens, Highlighter Pen, The Tabernacle, Sharpie Markers, Product Review, Adult Coloring, Journaling, Arts And Crafts

Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Application 2 - Bible Journaling Sample 6

Over the past couple of blogs, I have shared the tests I have done on two sample bottles of Clear Gesso, with you. Today's blog is the last of the blogs in this series. I have one bottle of gesso left to test in my Journaling Bible and I do so in this blog. I once again share the results with you, making sure to use a variety of products on these two pages. The test sample we use today is labelled Test 6. I start the process by treating the page, preceding the ones I will be conducting the…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Application 2 - Bible Journaling Sample 5 Burnt Offerings, Watercolor Pans, Sharpie Markers, Ink Wash, Journal Entries, Product Review, Adult Coloring, Journaling, Arts And Crafts

Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Application 2 - Bible Journaling Sample 5

It is time to put the sample bottles of Clear Gesso, sent to me by a local manufacturer, to a real test. In today's blog, I finally dare to use Sample 5 in my Jounaling Bible. This is the sample that I liked best after putting it through some rigorous testing. However, this will not prevent me from testing the other sample in my Bible as well, as I liked that one almost as much as this one, and nothing is final until tested on the actual thin Bible paper it is intended for. I deliberately…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Application 1 - Colouring Pictures Colouring, Adult Coloring, Product Review, Metallic Colors, Arts And Crafts, Crafty, Projects, Blog, Pictures

Product Test - Clear Gesso Trial Sample: Application 1 - Colouring Pictures

I have been testing two sample products of Clear Gesso, sent to me by a local manufacturer. In the past couple of blogs, I have been telling you about the various tests I had put the products through. In today's blog, it is time to start applying the products. I wish to be able to use these in my journaling Bible, but I will test it on another page, before risking its use in my Bible. I decide to prepare some colouring pages with the sample gesso to test the products. I share the results of…