No Bare Walls!

Ceiling of the Map Room in the Vatican, Rome.

I took this on a recent trip to Rome. Always worth looking up…especially in the Vatican Museums!

This is the Gallery of Maps – a 120m long corridor depicting all the regions in Italy as they were in the 1580s when Pope Gregory XIII commissioned the work. The Maps were created by Danti, a Friar and Geograpgher, who took three years to complete them.
The fantastic ceiling was the work of two other artists – Girolamo Muziano and Cesare Nebbia.



19th January 2017

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Super Sketchbooks with Khadi Paper

Khadi Paper Sketchbooks

Khadi Paper has proved to be a very popular surface this year. Artists, Illustrators and Crafters like the strength of the paper which allows for wet media such as watercolour, inks and acrylic and the hand-made feel of it which adds a decorative element to sketches and finished artwork.
These lovely bound sketchbooks in rough or smooth paper options will, therefore, make a nice gift as they look great and will be keenly received by anyone arty!

Close up of Khadi Paper

6th December 2016

Posted In: Art and Craft Materials, Inspiration, Painting

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Style and Practicality from Pro Arte

Pro Arte Easel Storage Brush Case

We have just received our new delivery from Pro Arte which includes these stylish and practical Easel Brush Storage Cases. The cases keep your brushes safe and secure whilst in storage or transit and, then, when you want to paint, the brush case folds to become a free-standing brush stand for easy brush selection.

Here, the Easel Brush Case is pictured with Curtisward short-handled Panache and long-handled Ivory Brushes to demonstrate the types of brushes the case can accommodate.


22nd November 2016

Posted In: Art and Craft Materials, Mark Making

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