Colourful Zandra Rhodes talking about using sketchbooks

I discovered this wonderful Video of Zandra Rhodes talking about using sketchbooks. I love her “You just have to Live with it” comments and was amazed at how thin the paper is in her obviously well thumbed art journals.

In digging around I found this wonder piece of Zandra Rhodes at home in her studio. There are lots of images of her highly original work. Everything about her work makes me smile as it is all such a celebration of what she sees.

How did Vincent Van Gogh work out his colour schemes?

Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh used balls of wool to work out his colour theory? Or that some of the paint pigments he used have faded?

This 8 minute video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art explains some of Vincent Van Gogh’s approach to colour and illustrates how some of his paintings would have looked like when first created.

Take a coffee break as it is worth watching.

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Great tip for using watercolour pencils

Strathmore shares some very good videos on youtube. This video is worth watching as it is more than the usual ‘just add water’ advice. Sarah Becktel demonstrates using watercolor pencils and shares some useful techniques and tips.

I particularly liked the idea of creating a paper palette from swatches. Not only would it be handy to carry around when sketching outside but if you used it constantly you would really know how each pencil colour behaved.