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Here's Issue #001 of Starting Art
May 03, 2007

Issue #001 - May 2007


And welcome to the first issue of Starting Art. Here's just a quick note about what you can expect from the Newsletter...

Firstly, there will be a minimum of six issues per year - perhaps more, depending on demand.

Secondly, what will each issue contain?

Well, if you've visited the site recently, you may have noticed I've started adding video tutorials.

Each issue will contain at least one new video tutorial on a popular painting or drawing topic. Also, I'll be offering practical tips for getting the best out of your art materials. Oh, and from time to time I'll reveiw a piece of equipment that you may not have tried yet.

Finally, I'd like to give subscribers a chance to contribute their own tips and techniques to fellow artists - including me!

With that in mind, please feel free to send me your comments, suggestions, hints and tips simply by replying to this e-mail. Also if there's anything you'd really like to see featured, let me know about that too.

I hope you enjoy this first issue as much as I did preparing it.

Warmest regards,


P.s. If this e-mail doesn't format correctly in your e-mail software (i.e missing images, broken links etc) you can always see the contents at the following back issues web page:


1. Video Tutorial - Painting Trees in Watercolor - Summer Trees
2. Q & A - Save a Fortune on Practising Your Watercolors!
3. Quick Tip - Conserving Putty Erasers
4. Art Supplies Review - Using Paint Mediums

1. Video Tutorial - Painting Trees in Watercolor - Summer Trees

Knowing how to paint watercolor trees is a real problem for many newcomers to watercolor painting. Often, they say their tree looks like a 'big green lollipop with a brown stick for the trunk'...

Well worry no more. In this two-part video feature, I'll show you just how easy it is to learn how to paint trees, using just two colors and three brushes...

Click here to see the videos...

2. Q & A - Save a Fortune on Practising Your Watercolors!

Q. Watercolor paper is expensive, especially as where I live in the world it has to be imported. What else could I use - or at least practice on?

A. If you can get hold of it, try this. For art classes, I often use a roll of lining paper for pasting on walls. We get it here from Home Improvement and DIY stores and it's about 2 ($4) per roll - about 30 feet long and 21" wide. It's quite sturdy and you get it in '800 Grade' or the thicker '1000' grade. In some stores I've seen even thicker 1700 grade. It's pretty good for practice and you get a lot for your money.

You can cut it up into manageable pieces or leave your paintings on the roll for future reference. And don't forget, you can use both sides!

3. Quick Tip - Conserving Putty Erasers

Putty erasers are excellent for drawing, being much softer and gentler on paper surfaces - especially watercolor paper. However, they are several times more expensive than ordinary 'school' erasers - but of course, just as easily mislaid.

The larger size of putty eraser is normally about 2" x 1.5" so I cut or tear a new one into four smaller pieces and use one at a time.

In reality, I rarely get through one piece without losing it and I've found through painful experience is that it's just as easy to lose a large eraser as a smaller one...

4. Art Supplies Review - Using Paint Mediums

Good paint additives (or mediums) are the unsung heroes for the artist.

They're often an afterthought once you've bought the brushes, paints & paper or art canvas, but knowing which ones to use and when, can help you turn the average picture into a minor masterpiece.

Click here to read the full article...

Copyright Bob Davies 2007

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