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Make the most of a great combination

Julie Collins begins a new three-part series about the benefits of working with ink and watercolour with a look at what you’ll need to get you started


Rudbeckias, watercolour and fine waterproof drawing pen, 9╳7in (23╳18cm)

Ink was developed in China and Egypt over 4000 years ago and has been used by many cultures around the world for both drawing and calligraphy. Artists such as Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci made wonderful ink studies to prepare for their paintings in the 15th and 16th centuries. The British Museum holds a fabulous collection of works made with ink, and looking at the way artists use any medium is a very good way to learn. The energy and simplicity created by ink makes it a very attractive medium and it pairs up brilliantly with watercolour.

In this article I’ve included practical advice about colours and colour combinations, and will develop these themes further in the May and June issues.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our April issue, packed with inspirational how-to articles by our esteemed artist contributors and tutors. Improve your watercolour painting and colour-mixing skills with Hazel Soan, Paul Talbot-Greaves, David Howell, Judi Whitton, Julie Collins and Paul Weaver, plus learn how to make and use your own reed pen for expressive drawings with consultant editor Jason Bowyer. Enjoy Adebanji Alade's advice on how to sketch your children or grandchildren, and enter our fantastic new monthly sketching competition with great prizes every month and the chance to see your work publicised! If you haven't tried acrylics before, get started with help from Jo Quigley, and then capture the effects of sparkling light in seascapes by following Jenny Aitken's demonstration. We also include insights into how cover artist Paul Regan paints his atmospheric night scenes of urban streets, how to drive sales of your paintings in the digital domain, why you should consider using big brushes for small paintings and how drawing from the cast can be so important for your portrait painting skills. And don't forget to enter our 2018 Open Art Competition with over £17,500 worth of prizes to be won, and the chance to see your work exhibited! See pages 12-13 for full details