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Welcome from the editor

Patchings Festival last month was packed with fun and interest, and it was wonderful to watch so many children enjoying hands-on sessions, not worrying about spoiling good paper or wasting art materials – just enjoying the action of drawing and painting, and focusing on the moment. Back at home I took out a stack of pristine sketchbooks, which I haven’t been able to resist buying over the years, and pondered on why I can’t bring myself to use them while I have a box filled with drawings made on scraps of paper and the backs of envelopes. These sketchbooks are simply too good to spoil! What if the first drawing doesn’t work out? What if the paper doesn’t take the medium? Watching the children attacking those pieces of paper with such relish inspired me to mark the first page of one of my favourite books, albeit with more restraint. The drawing wasn’t so bad and with the first page full, I turned to the next page with an easier heart.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the September issue of Leisure Painter, your practical guide to all things drawing and painting for beginners and amateurs. This issue is packed with tutorials, demonstrations and practical advice on the use of watercolour, acrylics, drawing media, acrylic ink, water-soluble graphite, mixed media and digital. There's plenty on how to paint from photographs, techniques, colour mixing, brush handling and more. Take advantage of special offers on practical art books, try your chance to win the latest books by Hazel Soan and Soraya French, and enter our 50th anniversary competition by painting a nocturne.
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