A short history of Ultramarine

A short history of Ultramarine

That deep and delicious blue that’s so loved the world over is Ultramarine and it has a fascinating history. This intense, midnight blue is created by grinding a luminous blue mineral called Lapis Lazuli, mined primarily from the Sar-e-Sang mines of Afghanistan, and was at one time more valuable than gold.

Self Portrait with Grey Felt Hat

Self Portrait with Grey Felt Hat

Van Gogh painted this self-portrait in the winter of 1887 when he had been living in Paris for nearly two years. He is heavily influenced by pointillism and it depicts him as a city gentleman.

100 Years of Sakura

100 Years of Sakura

Japanese heritage brand Sakura is 100 years old and we are celebrating with themed workshops using pen, ink and wash taught by Max Hale. We’re also delighted to launch a competition to win some gorgeous 100 years celebratory art materials ~ lots for you to get excited about!

Best virtual art gallery visits in the UK

Best virtual art gallery visits in the UK

Despite the challenging situation for museums and galleries, as consumers we now have virtual access to some of the most wonderful institutions that we might never have had the opportunity to visit. Here are a few ideas….

8 Tales about the history of art materials

8 Tales about the history of art materials

Art materials carry their own fascinating history. Here I share eight tales about famous artists, the materials they used & how they were made.