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Leisure Painter Magazine

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Leisure Painter magazine is the UK’s number 1 painting magazine, where you can find all the latest tips and expert advice on how to create amazing drawings and paintings you can be proud of. Leisure Painter magazine is the ideal source for inspiration, offering dozens of learn-to-paint projects, demonstrations and real-life art advice.

Every issue is packed full of tutorials and techniques to improve your illustrations and paintings. This magazine offers just the right amount of inspiration you need to draw and paint successfully.

Leisure Painter magazine offers something for everyone at all levels to help improve their work - Don’t miss out!

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Leisure Painter  |  Start Art 1  


Start Art is your introduction to drawing and painting in all media with simple exercises to get you started.

Be inspired by the following demonstrations in this issue (scroll down to read more):

- How to get started
Advice on choosing and using materials

- On the right lines
Linda Birch sheds light and shade on drawing techniques

- Drawing with colour
Jackie Simmonds paints a simple still life with water-soluble coloured pencils

- Step into colour
Choose and mix the right colours with Tony Paul

- Pick up your paints
Alwyn Crawshaw demonstrates basic watercolour techniques

- Your first landscape
Use your new skills to paint a simple landscape with Alwyn Crawshaw

- Making a splash!
Paint a beach scene step-by-step with June Crawshaw

- Make your own greetings card
Jane Greenwood shows how simple but striking ideas can be turned into cards for your friends and family

- Come into the garden
Jill Bays explores a colourful garden scene

- The moving picture
Hazel Soan shows how to paint figures at speed in watercolour

- Paint your pet
Using coloured pencils, follow Sally Michel's simple step-by-step demonstration to paint a cat

Leisure Painter magazine was founded in 1967 and is the UK's most popular art and painting magazine that is published 12 times a year. The award-winning company was created to assist amateur artists of all levels and cover all aspects of painting and drawing including pencils, acrylics, charcoals, oil paints, pastels and watercolours. Not only does Leisure Painter cover a range of materials, but also a huge variety of topics are covered too, including flowers, landscapes, buildings, animals, boats and portraits.

With Leisure Painter magazine, you can gain access to an online community of like-minded artists who share their top tips and advice on how to develop your skills, as well as enter regular competitions including David Bellamy's sketchbook challenge. Plus, you can pour over the exhibition and art events pages to find opportunities to dive further into your hobby with other enthusiasts.

Try your hand at one of the Leisure Painter’s painting projects - for example, “how to capture the character of an old building using watercolours” or “step-by-step guides on how to complete your drawing of distant mountains with charcoal”. Regular projects from our regular contributors are a great way to expand your artistic skill set.

Subscribe today to Leisure Painter Magazine UK and access these regular benefits:

  • The latest art exhibitions
  • Tip shares
  • Suggestions and ideas from readers
  • Art bookstore
  • ‘Holiday of The Month’ for artists
  • Art clubs
  • Art club gallery
  • Online gallery
  • Art offers
  • Art Competitions
  • The sketchbook challenge
  • Master wet-into-wet watercolour tips
  • Seasonal features
  • Painting projects

You'll receive 13 issues during a 1 year Leisure Painter magazine subscription.

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Leisure Painter

I have learned a lot with the step by step tutorials. I have also tried new media. Always enjoy seeing what other artists are doing. Reviewed 10 July 2020

Leisure Painter

Perfect for the hobby painter Reviewed 23 June 2020

Great Mag for the Leisure Painter

Great Mag for the Leisure Painter, good ideas and insights. Reviewed 19 June 2020

Leisure Painter

Love the demos and articles.
Reviewed 17 May 2020

Leisure Painter

I just love having my art magazines on line as this has saved space by not storing hard copies.
I thought I would miss holding a magazine to read but actually it is much better as
1. I can enlarge the digital pictures
2. I can more easily go back to earlier editions when there are a series of painting lesson over several months.
Thank you x Reviewed 15 May 2020

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