• Mountboard

    Place it, spray it and frame it!

    From students to hobbyists and fine artists, discover stacks of versatile mount board, foam and card to show off your masterpieces brilliantly. We stock the Salter and Harrison Mountboard, proudly made in Bollington, Cheshire. 

     

     

  • Art Supplies

    Northwich Art Shop stocks a wide range of Artists Supplies. 

  • Brushes

    We stock a wide range of different brushes from Windsor and Newton and Daler Rowney. 

    Finding the right brush can make all the difference to your work. When choosing a brush to use with oil colour and heavier applications of acrylic colour, consider a brush with hair that is able to move thick, viscous colour, such as hog hair or a stiff synthetic equivalent. If using thinners to alter the colour properties for a more fluid consistency or for a greater focus on detail, brushes with softer hair can be used.

    Natural hair is available in both stiff and soft varieties The quality of natural hair brushes is superb, especially Kolinsky sable brushes which continue to retain their spring over time.

    Hog hair is the most commonly used hair for oil painting brushes. It is a stiff, strong and durable natural hair, stout enough to pick up oil or acrylic colour straight from the tube. The best quality hogs also wear down gradually, maintaining their shape but getting smaller, so the initial investment will pay dividends.  

    Stiff synthetic brushes made for oil and acrylic paintings also offer good flow control and a well-defined tip or edge for detail and blending work.  An additional benefit is that they are resistant to damage from acrylic resin and won’t soften in water.

  • Card

    Card and card blank stocks for card making and load of other crafting applications. Come and check out our wide range of card stocks.

  • Craft Supplies

    From cutting boards, knives, masking tape, positioning and fixing glues to cellulose paints and resins as well as a range of starter kits for mosaics, rug making etc. Northwich Art Shop has something to inspire you to get crafting!

  • Daler Rowney

    Daler-Rowney operates from three manufacturing bases – all its Colours (paints) are manufactured in Bracknell, Berkshire.  Artists' paper and mountboard is transformed in Wareham, Dorset and artists' brushes are made in La Romana in the Dominican Republic.


    With its Paper, Brushes and Colour three pronged approach to product development, production and sales & marketing, Daler-Rowney is unique amongst the leaders in the fine art market in offering its own products in the three key fine art categories.

    As well as being divided into the three product categories, the Daler-Rowney range uniquely offers solutions to four groups of artists; professional artists, accomplished students and amateurs, emerging talents and beginners.  In each of the three product groups, every artist can find products adapted to their technical level of accomplishment as well as their financial means.

    Source: http://www.daler-rowney.com/content/about-us

  • Easels

    There's nothing to beat an easel for keeping a painting in place while you're working on it.

    Working vertically also means you're working in the same plane as the painting will finally be hung, reduces the risk of spilling anything on it, or dust collecting on it. You can work sitting on a stool or standing, though standing at an easel makes it easy to step back to see how the painting is progressing.

    The type of easel you get depends on the kind of painting you do the most. If you like working on large-scale canvases, then a table-top easel is unsuitable. Likewise, if you only ever work on a small scale, then a table-top easel may be more ideal than a floor-standing easel. If you enjoy standing to paint, then consider a floor-standing easel. 

    If you paint only with watercolors, you probably won't want an easel which will only hold your work vertically. Look for something that'll be easy to adjust the angle at which you're working. Oil paintings really should be held vertically or near vertical because they will collect less dust. Acrylics dry fast enough for dust not to be a real problem.

    Source: http://painting.about.com/cs/artmaterials/bb/bybeasel.htm

  • Goache

    Gouache paint is similar to watercolor but modified to make it opaque. A binding agent, usually gum arabic, is present, just as in watercolor. Gouache differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk may also be present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities. Gouache generally dries to a different value than it appears when wet (lighter tones generally dry darker, while darker tones tend to dry lighter), which can make it difficult to match colors over multiple painting sessions. Its quick coverage and total hiding power mean that gouache lends itself to more direct painting techniques than watercolor.

    "En plein air" paintings take advantage of this, as do works of J.M.W. Turner and Victor Lensner.

    It is used most consistently by commercial artists for works such as posters, illustrations, comics, and for other design work. Most 20th-century animations used it to create an opaque color on a cel with watercolor paint used for backgrounds, and gouache as "poster paint" is desirable for its speed and durability.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gouache

  • Gum Arabic

    Gum arabic is used as a binder for watercolor painting because it dissolves easily in water. 

    Pigment of any color is suspended within the acacia gum in varying amounts, resulting in watercolor paint. Water acts as a vehicle or a diluent to thin the watercolor paint and helps to transfer the paint to a surface such as paper. When all moisture evaporates, the acacia gum binds the pigment to the paper surface. After the water evaporates, the acacia gum in the paint film increases luminosity and helps prevent the colors from lightening. Gum arabic allows more precise control over washes, because it prevents them from flowing or bleeding beyond the brush stroke. In addition, acacia gum slows evaporation of water, giving slightly longer working time.

    The addition of a little Gum Arabic to watercolor pigment and water allows for easier lifting of pigment from paper and thus can be a useful tool when lifting out color when painting in Watercolor.

  • Northwich,

    Northwich is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of CheshireEngland. It lies in the heart of the Cheshire Plain, at the confluence of the rivers Weaver and Dane. The town is about 18 miles (29 km) east of Chester and 15 miles (24 km) south of Warrington. Northwich has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK according to the Sunday Times in 2014. The town also made the list in 2013.

    The area around Northwich has been exploited for its salt pans since Roman times, when the settlement was known as Condate. The town has been severely affected by salt mining with subsidence historically being a large problem.

    Source & Find Out More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwich

  • Pastels

    Pastel sticks or crayons consist of pure powdered pigment combined with a binder. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer.

    Dry pastels have historically used binders such as gum arabic and gum tragacanthMethyl cellulose was introduced as a binder in the twentieth century. Often a chalk or gypsum component is present. They are available in varying degrees of hardness, the softer varieties being wrapped in paper. Some pastel brands use pumice in the binder to abrade the paper and create more tooth.

    Dry pastel media can be subdivided as follows:

    • Soft pastels: This is the most widely used form of pastel. The sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder, resulting in brighter colors. The drawing can be readily smudged and blended, but it results in a higher proportion of dust. Finished drawings made with soft pastels require protecting, either framing under glass or spraying with a fixative to prevent smudging; hairspray also works, although caution should be taken, as fixatives may impact the color or texture of the drawing. White chalk may be used as a filler in producing pale and bright hues with greater luminosity.
    • Pan Pastels: These are formulated with a minimum of binder in flat compacts (similar to some makeup) and applied with special Sofft micropore sponge tools. No liquid is involved. A 21st-century invention, Pan Pastels can be used for the entire painting or in combination with soft and hard sticks.
    • Hard pastels: These have a higher portion of binder and less pigment, producing a sharp drawing material that is useful for fine details. These can be used with other pastels for drawing outlines and adding accents. Hard pastels are traditionally used to create the preliminary sketching out of a composition. However, the colors are less brilliant and are available in a restricted range in contrast to soft pastels.
    • Pastel pencils: These are pencils with a pastel lead. They are useful for adding fine details.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastel

  • Sable

    A Kolinsky sable-hair brush (also known as red sable or sable hair brush) is a fine artists' paintbrush.

    The hair is obtained from the tail of the kolinsky (Mustela sibirica), a species of weasel rather than an actual sable; The finest brushes are made from the male hair only, but most brushes have a mix of about 60/40 male-to-female hair. Kolinsky bristles tend to be pale red in colour with darker tips. The weasel is not an animal that is raised well in captivity, and is generally isolated to the geographical region of Siberia. Due to this difficulty in harvesting the hair, and the fact that other natural and artificial bristles are not comparable in quality, these bristles are extremely valuable and consequently expensive. Those who use the kolinsky sable brush claim it has superior strength, slenderness, and resilience when compared with other sable brushes.

    The finest Kolinsky Sables are usually used in Watercolour brushes. Lesser grades of Kolinsky Sables are also frequently used in oil painting, and sometimes for glazing in acrylics.

    Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolinsky_sable-hair_brush

  • Winsor and Newton,

    In 1832 chemist William Winsor and artist Henry Newton brought together the knowledge of the scientist and the creativity of the artist to offer an unprecedented choice of colour, clarity and permanence to fine artists.
     
    Winsor & Newton pinpointed what was really needed – a regular source of reliable colours and brushes. Winsor & Newton first developed vastly-improved watercolours, followed by a number of other innovations including Chinese white, the first durable opaque white watercolour, and collapsible tin tubes for both oils and watercolours.
     
    New era, new approach
     
    A series of royal appointments and awards in the late 1800s paved the way for Winsor & Newton to take its colours around the world.
     
    In the early 20th century Winsor & Newton expanded its range to offer key value ranges. It also expanded its factories to ensure colour and brush production carried on through both world wars. But William and Henry’s original ethos stayed at the heart of the business – whenever there was a new, exciting or better pigment or binder available, Winsor & Newton introduced it, including Designers gouache, fast drying oils, water mixable oils and the revolutionary Artists’ Acrylic (now Professional Acrylic).
     
    Classic yet contemporary
     
    William and Henry’s commitment to quality and innovation are part of a rich heritage which informs Winsor & Newton to this day. We’re dedicated to the craft of the fine artist and to providing them with new ways to explore their creativity, allowing them to share their work with a worldwide community. We embrace new ideas, we seek out the latest technologies and materials – we devote our time to creating the world’s finest art materials, which are used by some of the world’s finest artists. 
     

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