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Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks Painting & Sketching

Testing lightfastness of handmade artist grade paints

29th August 2022

The colors you use when creating a painting or drawing mustn’t fade over time. The last thing you need is your diligent work to gradually fade over time because the mediums you selected had poor lightfastness ratings. In this blog, I will share a simple test that you can do to get an idea of how your handmade colors will fare when exposed to sunlight. What is lightfastness? The lightfastness of paints or colorants is an attribute that determines how…

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Painting & Sketching

Expressive Illustration with Natural Handmade Watercolors

29th April 2021
Illustration of a flower shop

Inspiration is food for thought for all artists! As soon as I step out of my doorstep, I find inspiration everywhere!  It can be as simple as a simple cup of coffee to as large as scenery in the countryside. In this case, it was a local flower shop that got my attention on a morning run. I stopped by to make a quick scribbly sketch of the flower shop and a variety of subjects then transformed my sketch into…

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Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks Painting & Sketching Travel Sketches

Sketching and foraging for pigments in Southeast Styria

4th January 2020

The last leg of our summer holidays last year was spent in south-eastern Styria, locally known as the Steiriches Vulkanland (Volcano land). This region was a hotspot for volcanoes – but that was 17 million years ago. Today there isn’t any lava spewing out or any scorched black earth. Nature has done its course and created a beautiful lush green landscape of rolling hills. The hillcrests in this region are covered by forest and the valleys are dominated by farmland,…

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Painting & Sketching Travel Sketches

A tiny house experience!

7th October 2019

continuing with the Summer Holidays 2019 sketches ….! After coming back from our wonderful holidays in Upper Austria, we decided to stay a bit in our home city of Graz before hitting the road again. Our first stop on this trip was the headquarter of one of Austria’s best ice-cream makers, Eis Greissler in Krumbach (https://www.eis-greissler.at/manufaktur/). The weather that day wasn’t great,  it was cold,  wet and extremely windy in the Bucklige welt (land of thousand hills) After entering the…

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Painting & Sketching Travel Sketches

Capturing moments in my sketchbook!

4th October 2019

Watercolour sketching captured my heart only in the last couple of years. Before that, I didn’t know anything about sketching or how to use watercolours for that matter.  It’s magic to me that with just a few squiggly lines and some paint, I can record a slice of our life! I wonder why I never did this earlier in my life ..? During summer holidays this year, we decided to travel within our home country, Austria. We spent most of our…

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