I’ve been asked many times to recommend a watercolour set for beginners. That’s difficult to do as my viewers are all over the world and the re are so many sets to choose from.
I use Winsor and Newton Artists Quality watercolours. This set is a grade below and quite a lot cheaper. It is a small set, so you can get used to the paints and the way they work and also get used to the idea of mixing.
Also, being a small set, it is great to slip into a pocket and take with you sketching.
I shall be using this set in my videos in the near future so if you want to follow along, I’m putting Amazon links below to the set and the Derwent watwer brushes too.
Twitter friend, americo neves, asked me if I ever used portable brushes, well I happened to have a set of Pentel Aquash Brushes and so I thought I would give them a go and show you how I got along with them. I happened to be drawing at the Keswisk Pencil Museum the week after and used them solidly for three days with Aquatone colour crayons and I had a lot of fun with them
I have to admit that when I first looked at them I thought they looked a bit cheap and plastic, but now I’ve used them I think they are great and will always have them in my bag for quick sketching. They are quick and fun and a lot easier to use than carrying around pots of water for your water colours. Good fun.
If you are thinking of trying them out, please use the US or UK Amazon links below and help support my videos, thanks!
I was so impressed with the sample pages I bought this book immediately and whizzed through it. This book helps refresh those of us who did geometry a LONG time ago, and puts everything simply enough that you can use it to help your kids learn it too.
The videos are superb instruction in how to construct shapes using a pencil, compass and ruler and bisect lines and angles. All of which is coming for your child in school, so it helps if YOU know how to do it. The great thing about the videos is that your child can select the chapter relevant to their current topic of study, use the video to follow step by step, pause, play and go again as necessary.
The jokes are enjoyably cheesy, perfect for a primary school audience, the comic-book character illustrations and simple animations attractively add to the text and I enjoyed the overall look of the book, which does NOT feel at all ‘textbookish’, but instead manages to get across all the important stuff in a fun story style. At the end of each short chapter is a 3-question quiz designed to point children to the right answers, and if they get it wrong, they can keep checking till they find the right answer. It feels very low pressure and I think children will enjoy it.
Cleverly done, and thank you for creating this book, Mr Rayner.