About & Table of contents

OK so this blog is turning into a sort of online book / resource centre which is exactly as I dreamed it might one day be… Of course not all the sections below are ‘finished’ and, in a way, they will never be as new products come out etc. But for now anyway, only those that are underlined will actually take you to a page, the others are still under construction. You can read the whole section by going to the main title in caps or pick your choice. (Hope you are not tooooo disappointed if you find nothing on one of the sections below… I am working on them… I promise!)

I thought it would be helpful however to put products already in their category to get a bigger picture and not in a dozens of tags at the top of the website… hope this was a good idea, you can also use the search engine of course and the alphabetical index.

I. PIGMENTS

I. a) an introduction + you can read here the whole 6 articles about pigments

I. b) What is a pigment? Pigments vs Dyes; Pigment classification by characteristics; Inorganic vs Organic Pigments; Historical vs Modern Pigments

I. c) Historical pigments Prehistory; Antiquity followed by the next 15 centuries

I. d) Modern pigments

I. e) Colours and families of pigments A description of the most commonly found colours organised in broader categories: blues, greens, etc. followed by a bit about the most important families: the Cadmiums, the Earth, the Quinacridones, etc.

I. f) A little bit about binders and making your paint

If you have an interest in Pigments you might also enjoy reading about my visit to

Guerra Paint and Pigment Corp. (New York City, New York, U.S.A.)

– Golden Artist Colours (New Berlin, New York, U.S.A.)

The PIGMENT store in Tokyo

Daniel Smith, (Seattle, U.S.A.)

II. DRAWING MATERIALS

II. a) An introduction

II. b) Dry drawing materials

II. b1) Carbon based drawing materials: Introduction + you can read here the following 3 pages

Charcoal

If you have an interest in charcoal you might also enjoy reading about my visit to Coates (Stoke-St-Gregory, Somerset, England)

Graphite

Carbon

II. b2) Chalk based drawing materials: Introduction

Soft (and semi hard) pastels

Chalk pastels

Hard pastels and Conté crayons

Pastel pencils

II. c) Wax based drawing materials: Introduction

Oil pastels

Oil sticks

If you have an interest in oil sticks you might also enjoy reading about my visit to R&F (Kingston, New York, U.S.A.)

Crayons

Coloured pencils

II. d) Ink based drawing materials: Introduction

Pens: Bamboo, Dip pen, Fountain pen, Technical pen

If you have an interest in calligraphy you might also enjoy reading about my visit to Mélodies Graphiques (Paris, France)

Ball point, Felt pen, Markers and Gelly pens

II. e) Accessories: Introduction

Erasers

Fixatives

Sharpeners

Extenders

Blending tools

Masking tape

Rulers, Protractors, etc.

II. f) Supports

Papers and Boards

Primers

III. PAINTS (more or less in order of appearance on the world stage)

III. a) an introduction

III. b) Gouache

III. b1) Gouache paint

III. b2) Gouache mediums

III. b3) Gouache varnishes

III. c) Ink: 1) Introduction

III. c2) Shellac ink

III. c3) Acrylic ink

III. c4) Fountain pen ink

III. c5) Etching ink

III. c6) Block ink

III. c7) Calligraphy ink

If you have an interest in sumi ink you might enjoy reading about my visit to the Kobaien sumi ink factory (Nara, Japan)

If you have an interest in calligraphy you might also enjoy reading about my visit to Mélodies Graphiques (Paris, France)

III. d) Encaustic

III. d1) Encaustic paint

III. d2) Encaustic mediums

If you have an interest in encaustic you might also enjoy reading about my visit to R&F (Kingston, New York, U.S.A.)

III. e) Tempera

III. e1) Tempera paint

III. e2) Tempera mediums

III. e3) Tmepera varnishes

III. f) Oil

III. f1) Oil paint

If you have an interest in oil paint you might also enjoy reading about my visit to

–  The Blockx factory (Belgium)

– Langridge Artists Colours (Melbourne, Australia)

III. f2) Oil sticks

If you have an interest in oil sticks you might also enjoy reading about my visit to R&F, (Kingston, New York, U.S.A.)

III. f3) Oil gessos & grounds

III. f4) Oil mediums

III. f5) Oil varnishes

III. g) Watercolour

III. g1) Watercolour paint

If you have an interest in watercolours you might also enjoy reading about my visit to Daniel Smith, (Seattle, U.S.A.)

III. g2) Watercolour sticks

III. g3) Watercolour markers

III. g4) Watercolours mediums

III. g5) Watercolour varnishes

III. h) Acrylic and Vinyl

III. h1) Acrylic and Vinyl paint + you can read here all four pages

III. h2) Acrylic and Vinyl gessos and grounds

III. h3) Acrylic and Vinyl pastes, gels, mediums and additives

III. h4) Acrylic and Vinyl varnishes

If you have an interest in acrylics you might also enjoy reading about my visit to

–  Golden Artist Colours (New Berlin, New York, U.S.A.)

–  Guerra Paint and Pigment Corp. (New York City, New York, U.S.A.)

IV. PAINTING MATERIALS

IV. a) an introduction

IV. b) Brushes

If you have an interest in brushes you might also enjoy reading about my visits to brushmaking companies: Escoda (Barcelone, Spain) or Houkodou (Kumano, Japan)

IV. c) Palette knives and other ‘instruments’

IV. d) Palettes

IV. e) Easels

V. SUPPORTS

V. a) an introduction

V. b) Walls

V. c) Wood panels

V. d)  Stretchers + Canvas, Linen, Polycotton, etc.

V. e) Papers

V. f) Others…

VI. In bed with… (read about some of my visits to art material making companies)

Jacques Blockx at the Blockx factory (Belgium)

The Coates dynasty (Stoke-St-Gregory, Somerset, England)

The Daniel Smith factory (Seattle, U.S.A.)

two generations of Escodas (Barcelone, Spain)

166 Golden owners (New Berlin, New York, U.S.A.)

Art Guerra from Guerra Paint and Pigment Corp. (New York City, New York, U.S.A.)

David Coles (and Louise!) at Langridge Artists Colours (Melbourne, Australia)

R & F, aka Richard Frumess (Kingston, New York, U.S.A.)

VI. Art stores I love

The Charbonnel shop, quai de Montebello in Paris

The Charvin shop, quai des Grands Augustins in Paris

The Guerra Paint and Pigment Corp. 510 East 13th Street in New York City

Mélodies Graphiques (10 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, Paris)

The PIGMENT store in Tokyo

The Sennelier shop, quai Voltaire in Paris

VII. My favourite books about colour (just click on the title to go to page)

VIII. Bits and pieces about me, what I feel in the moment, what I believe in…

in bed with… myself (just in case you had an interest in who’s writing all this)

the oldest profession in the world? Could my trade -swapping something useful to me (money!) for something useful to you (colour!)- be the oldest one human beings have ever exercised? Based on a National Geographic article: The first artists, how creativity made us human, that is totally the case…

What is Art? Café philo Byron Bay How could I resist. Of course I went. A wonderful facilitator and philosopher from Sydney was there, to help the discussion going and to help the new born branch with a few practical hints as to how one runs a café philo. These have been the rage all over the planet for some nearly twenty years I gather.

in bed… at… the Golden residency! (I wish) An article about my visit to that wonderful place the Golden Foundation opens to 18 different artists every year and, too, the story of the Golden family and through them of acrylic paints

2015, the year of… the pencil! From the Charlie Hebdo events to the worldwide rage for colouring books, this gentle and modest drawing implement seems to have been centre stage all year.

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