Colour Theory in a Nutshell


Get familiar with the the colour wheel, value scale, colour terminology, and how this all applies to artistic media.

July 18, 2022 — Karen Bullaro

Know Your Whites

When it comes to painting, there are often several whites to choose from, and not all whites are the same!  Whether you paint in oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, encaustics, inks, or pastels, there are a few things you should know about whites. 

June 23, 2022 — Karen Bullaro

Shiva Oil Paintstiks

Nothing quite compares to the unique characteristics and extraordinary versatility of Shiva Oilstiks; a truly perfect artistic medium.
May 01, 2021 — Karen Bullaro

Artist's Block

The good news is that a creative block is only a temporary state! Join us for a pep talk, some inspiration and a dash of comic relief

October 01, 2020 — Karen Bullaro

How to Choose a Colour Palette for Painting

How does one go about choosing a primary colour palette? Whether you paint in oils, watercolours or acrylics there are actually just a few simple factors to take note of


October 17, 2019 — Karen Bullaro

How to Varnish

Regardless of the type of varnish being applied (oil or acrylic, paint-on or spray-on), we're here to lay out some very simple steps for achieving the best possible results when varnishing.

May 24, 2019 — Karen Bullaro

What the Heck is an Isolation Coat?

Like thermal underwear, an isolation coat is a robust extra layer of protection for paintings. Find out when, where, how and why to apply an isolation coat to a painting.

March 15, 2019 — Karen Bullaro

Selecting Paint Brushes

There are only a few considerations to take into account when selecting brushes. Just asking yourself these 3 simple questions will help to narrow down your options significantly.
February 01, 2019 — Karen Bullaro

How To Choose A Sketchbook

There's so much information on the cover of a sketchbook that it can look like gibberish. We're here to help you decipher the madness and find the sketchbook to suit your needs

September 14, 2018 — Karen Bullaro

Pastel Madness!

Pastels are a very large and often confusing family of art materials, but they are a very versatile medium and are worth getting acquainted with! We'll go over the differences, the similarities, how to identify the quality, plus some tips on preservation (both for yourself and your artwork).

August 17, 2018 — Karen Bullaro

Pouring Acrylic Crash Course

Acrylic pouring (or dirty pours) are the new craze in art. The unique shapes and patterns from pours can be achieved in countless ways so we tried most of the products and most of the variations just to share with you what works and what doesn't.

July 26, 2018 — Jasmine Ashlie

Colouring Resin

Resin has become very popular as an art medium with artists finding all kinds of creative uses for it. There are specific resin dyes available, but they seem to be tricky to locate so we wanted to illustrate that some more easily accessible products (that artists may already have in their studios) can be used to successfully colour resin.

June 07, 2018 — Jasmine Ashlie