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Left-handed issues

Val Rayner asked in Leisure Painter, November 2017, how to overcome the problems of left-handedness when following the instructions of righthanded tutors. I have come across this in calligraphy and found that using left-handed oblique nibs solved the problem of having the thick and thin strokes reversed as when trying to use a ‘normal’ right-handed nib.

When drawing or painting and trying to follow one of Leisure Painter’s excellent demonstrations, I simply stand to the right of the easel or board, and follow the instructions. This exaggerated stance removes the problem of smudging work previously done.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the February issue of Leisure Painter, including our 16-page art holidays and courses guide. Leisure Painter publishes a wide range of inspiring and practical tutorials and projects for the beginner and amateur painter each month, from step-by-step demonstrations from photographs to illustrated techniques, practical tips and ideas for making the most of your favourite hobby, and plenty of inspiration to pick up your brush and try for yourself. This month: how to paint landscapes in different styles using watercolour, acrylics, oils and pastels. There are ideas for portrait painting and 5-minute sketching exercises. If you're new to watercolour painting, you'll need David Webb's step-by-step tutorial on how to stretch paper. There are drawing exercises ( yes, you can learn to draw well!), first steps in abstraction, Japanese ink techniques to paint a frog, and ideas on how to fill your sketchbooks. Have fun with your hobby this month.