Whether you’re just starting out with drawing, or you’re an accomplished artist, a drawing board is a practical investment. The purpose of this article is to present the most popular brands of drawing boards and to compare their relative advantages and disadvantages.
We’ve written a lot about the various media and tools that are available to today’s artist. Now we’re taking a closer look at the products that are used to clean up after a painting or drawing session. In this article, we closely examine several brands of brush washers and cleaning systems, solvents and brush conditioners. Using feedback from artists in the WonderStreet community and reviews from consumer websites, we’ve compiled a list of the best cleaning supplies on the market.
In this article, we explore the world of pencils and all of the different variations on this popular artistic medium. This guide has been written as an introduction for beginners and as a reference for more experienced artists who may be searching for a new product or looking to compare their current favourite to other pencils on the market.
In this article, we define and explore the 9 main styles of easels that are commonly used by contemporary artists. Easels are wood or metal structures used to support and hold work of arts while they’re in progress, or to display them once they are complete. They have been used by artists for centuries. We see images of easels in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Roman author and philosopher, Pliny the Elder, mentions an easel being used to prop up a work of art in his book, Natural History, which was published in 77 AD.
Shopping for art supplies can be overwhelming, especially with regards to paintbrushes. There are literally hundreds of options when you consider the various styles and brands available on the market. This guide was written to help you make better-informed decisions when shopping for paintbrushes and to provide some recommendations from artists around the world.
Someone once said that painting with watercolours is a lot like playing golf… every stroke counts. Unlike acrylics and oils, the artist who paints with watercolours has less margin for error and lacks the possibility to go back and correct mistakes. For this reason, it’s particularly important to choose the right brand of paint. In this article, we compare the brands most frequently used by the watercolour artists of the WonderStreet community, using their feedback and consumer reviews from a number of online retailers.
In this article we present feedback on 29 well-known brands, which we have gathered from a variety of consumer review sites and thousands of artists who display their oil paintings on WonderStreet’s platform. To our knowledge, this is the most comprehensive comparison of oil colours that you will find online.
Today, we take a closer look at the top 19 brands of acrylic paint that are most frequently used by artists around the world.
We have some good news for all London-based artists. A new art supply shop in the Shoreditch area in a beautiful space of about 800 square metres at 41-49 Kingsland Road, is now open for business. GreatArt has been in operation online for the last 15 years and has finally opened its first flagship brick and mortar location.
Here at Wonderstreet we were delighted to be able to speak recently with world famous illustrator, Lynne Chapman. Lynne is perhaps best known for her distinctive illustrations in children’s books such as ‘Bears on the Strairs, ‘Class Two at the Zoo’ and ‘Giddy Goat’. Her style is bright and bold, yet has delicate textures, achieved through her use of chalk and pastel paper. Perhaps less well known is Lynne’s work as an urban sketcher – someone who draws people and scenes in everyday settings, in-situ, often without them knowing! These sketches capture natural expressions and commonplace situations that we can all identify with and recognise. We talked to Lynne about these main facets of her career, but also learnt that she has many, many other strings to her bow!
At Wonderstreet we love to find out more about our artists. This week, artist Jill Griffin from Devon has taken time out of here busy schedule to answer some of our questions.
We've already revealed some of the best ways to get your pictures to the top of the Wonderstreet homepage. Here we reveal another great tip that will help ensure that your pictures get noticed by the people you want to see them.
From January 20 to January 23, the rooms of the Meliá White House hotel in the charming Regent’s Park area of London will be transformed into an exhibition space featuring the work of 70 different artists from all around the world. The show is called ARTROOMS and has been offering artists and collectors the chance to interact face-to-face in a somewhat unconventional space since its foundation in 2015. Each artist will have the opportunity to transform one room into a showcase of their individual work. We spoke with Cristina Cellini Antonini, founder and art-director of ARTROOMS, to ask her a few questions about this exhibition.
Being associated with top-rate cricket and popular TV programmes clearly isn’t enough for Phil Tufnell: he is now also turning his attention towards keeping children safe by backing a brand new safety campaign.The Tufcat campaign follows in the footsteps of those 1970s, 1980s and 1990s promotions aimed at teaching children how to stay safe in a number of different circumstances. Famous previous campaigns included the Tufty Club (for road and rail safety), the Green Cross Code (famously backed by stars such as Alvin Stardust, Jon Pertwee and footballing legend Kevin Keegan) and Charley the talking cat (to protect against stranger danger).
Think you’ve seen the world? Think again. Here we present 11 mind-blowing places that will make your jaw drop.
We recently spoke to Tom Henderson Smith, an artist based in Cornwall specialising in landscape and seascape paintings. We learned more about his experiences in Africa where he spent part of his early life, his years in Italy after graduation and much more.
As one of the UK's largest online art and design platforms, Wonderstreet has thousands of UK-based artists and designers posting their photos every day. There are now over 20,000 pictures on WonderStreet, with around 1,000 more being contributed each week. All of that is great news for visitors to the site looking for inspirational and beautiful artwork, but how do you get your pictures onto the top of the homepage? In this article we'll give you some hints. If you follow these tips you should soon see your pictures reach the top of our homepage regularly - and all for free!
We recently spoke to Anne Bate Williams, an artist from Cheltenham who has a passion for mixed media/collage. She studied art and education at LSU in Southampton from 1969-1972. After completion of her studies she worked as a primary school teacher coordinating art at schools in Birmingham, and Swindon, and was also art coordinator in Cheltenham. Today we talk to her about many of her experiences as an artist and as a teacher.
We recently spoke to artist Lynn Gibson from Glasgow who shared lots of interesting thoughts about Glasgow, her work and her sources for inspiration.
This week we spoke to artist Josie McCoy, who talked about her work and shared her experience as an artist spreading time between London and Valencia.
Illustrator Ed Org is known for his mystical creations and traces his early inspiration for becoming an artist to wandering around the pristine natural environment of his home in Shropshire – an experience he laments many children growing up today will not have due to the crowded urban settings most live in. Here, in an interview with WonderStreet, Ed talks about how he's now finding stimulation for his mythological illustrations in very old things, such as items at antique fairs, and how today, the internet and social media is driving a whole new wave of artists – but will any really stand out?
Around a century ago, Swiss/German artist Paul Klee suggested that 'One eye sees, the other feels'. In this weekly series, we'll be asking contemporary artists to share their complete vision with us in a series of in-depth interviews. We kick-off with Mark Langley, who grew up near Derby and cites the adjacent Peak District as a source of much inspiration.
There has been a lot of activity in our Art Gallery this week and we couldn't help but notice a similar thread running through some of the more popular pages... Anglophilia!
Today's menu du jour is chicken three ways! Three artists from our community, Vicky Palmer, Marta Kisiliczyk and Brian Williams, each take a unique approach to the same subject, showcasing the variety of styles that we have available in the birds category of our WonderStreet Art Gallery.
It may seem like winter will never end, but we promise that spring is on the way! Soon the snow will be melting and the birds will be chirping in the trees. In the meantime, freshen up your interior space with a beautiful floral piece from one of today's featured artists or one of the many talented WonderStreet artists who list their work in our flowers category.
In addition to paintings and drawings, we also have a lot of great sculptures on WonderStreet. Today, we're focusing our attention on three very talented artists whose work can be found in private and public gardens all over the UK. They are available for commissions and can be contacted through their respective WonderStreet pages.
Whether you're ready to re-decorate your little one's special space or you're still waiting for your delivery from the stork, today's post features artists whose work would feature well in a child's room or nursery.
Bring out your feathers, masks and beads... today is the day people all over the world will celebrate Carnival. Our featured artists have all created pieces that encapsulate the vibrancy and vivacity of this special day.
If you already have a lot of bright and beautiful paintings in your interior space, one way to balance out all of the colour is with a simple, but gorgeous, black and white photograph. Today, we're featuring three artists from the WonderStreet community who use the camera as their tool of the trade.
Lists are great for keeping track of pictures and organising them in the way you want. You have different types of lists on Wonderstreet: your personal lists can be made up of photos you upload yourself or those of other members that inspire you.
We recently had the chance to learn more about an intensive, diagnostic programme for artists at the Plymouth College of Art. This institution, located in Devon and founded in 1856, offers the standard bachelor programmes in different specialised concentration areas, and students can also pursue an MA degree on one of seventeen different tracks.
Birds, flight and feathers – together these subjects have fascinated artists and scientists for centuries, touching on both the practicalities of flying and also the metaphor of soaring skywards. Artist Chris Maynard brings all these elements together in his work, which, with painstaking precision, makes the feather his means of expression.
The image of a bicycle loaded with unbelievable amounts of stuff – whether it’s food, furniture or wares to sell at a market – is a staple image of developing-world travel reportage. But one design company has taken the idea of carrying your life on your bike a step further, creating a fully functioning house that can be transported by tricycle. As a response to overcrowding and issues of land ownership in their native Beijing, design and architecture practice People’s Industrial Design Office has come up with the world’s first person-powered mobile home.
On this blog you will find tips and tricks to get the most out of Wonderstreet, and every month we will also place one of our designers in the spotlight in our Designer@Wonderstreet sessions. But lets first have a look at a few Wonderstreet basics.
We talked to wildlife artist Andrew Forkner about his travels in Canada, the inspirational wildlife on his doorstep, and his annual residency at Nature in Art.
10 Wonders of The Week is a chance for you to get your artwork in front of hundreds of interested art buyers. Every week we’ll pick five to 10 different artists and showcase a selection of their work. One of the main ways we do this is by allowing members to bid on the artwork via an auction. 10 Wonders of The Week is a fantastic opportunity for you to get your work showcased and to help it stand out from the 30,000+ different items from 1000s of artists listed on WonderStreet.
Painting and drawing came naturally to me at a young age as I have always enjoyed creativity, whether making things in 3D or drawing on a sketch pad. I particularly enjoyed drawing things that I was interested in and found it fulfilling to do. I was and still am interested in painting Steam Locomotives/Railways ("Reflections of a Princess" see photo) and when I saw what the famous Railway Artist Terence Cuneo could do with the subject, I wanted to create something similar, but in my own inimitable style. I took art at school and attended evening classes for a while at a local College, where I garnered some painting techniques. I particularly enjoyed drawing still life's and painting portrait busts and still do. A good likeness of the person (s) is always the aim. "Follow a Star" Norman Wisdom (see photo) was one of my comedy heroes and was a challenge to paint.
WonderStreet is an exclusive, invitation-only platform where you’ll find thousands of UK based artists, designers and crafts people showcasing their work. Our mission is to help artists and designers optimise their marketing strategy.
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I have been into art ever since I can remember. I've never taken art classes.I believe every artist should be his own teacher.