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What does the word "Hue" indicate?

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This indicates that it is not the exact, pure pigment that has been used to make the colour. This can be for a number of reasons, although usually the main one is to reduce the cost, it can also be because there is a toxic element in the pure pigment, or even that a better alternative has been found for the original substance.

For instance, in student ranges you will notice that most Cadmium colours are Cadmium Yellow Hue or Cadmium Red Hue. This is due to the high cost of sourcing, refining and processing the pure Cadmium pigments, therefore a suitable alternative chemical pigment has been used which is cheaper, and this is indicated by the word "Hue".

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2009 13:31 )

What weight of watercolour paper is best?

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The weight of watercolour paper you need depends largely on your painting technique, i.e. how much water you apply. However, a general guide to use is that 140lb or 300gsm or above does not need stretching. Of course if you do apply a lot of water whilst painting you will need to stretch the paper first, or use a heavier weight.

Unfortunately this is a much general guidance as is possible - you may find that trial and error is the only way to ensure you find the right weight of paper for your individual technique. 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2009 14:08 )

Can I use Oil Colours without the strong smells?

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Absolutely!  There are two alternatives to solve this problem...

Firstly, there are low odour alternatives to Turpentine available. Winsor & Newton's Sansador is very popular, and a there is also a product called Zest It which is make entirely from natural substances and, as the name would suggest, has a light citrus odour.

Secondly, use could use the Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour range, which removes the need for solvents altogether!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2009 14:35 )
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