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Zest It Acrylic Brush Cleaner

The Zest It Acrylic Brush Cleaner is a much safer solvent for use in the studio, it is easy to use and has a slight orange/citrus smell.

It is water soluble, non-flammable, non-toxic and contains no Aromatics or CFC’s, has low VOC’s and is kinder to the environment. It can be diluted with water if you find it too powerful or just use a small amount.

It is re-usable, which makes it economical and a little goes a long way.
The citrus oil element helps to stop the hair/bristles from becoming brittle and dry, so your brushes last longer.

It will remove old dried Acrylic paint from brushes that would normally only be good for throwing in the bin. Brushes ‘crusted’ with dried Acrylic from constant use can now be brought back to supple usefulness!

To watch the Acrylic Brush Cleaner in action please watch this video.

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St Cuthberts Mill – finest English Watercolour Papers


St Cuthberts Mill are experts in manufacturing high quality artists papers. Their master papermakers carefully make beautiful mould made papers, using one of the few remaining cylinder mould machines left in the world.

They have been making paper on the same site since the 1700’s. Surrounded by green fields and quiet country lanes of the English countryside, in the beautiful county of Somerset. We are located by the ancient Cathedral City of Wells, which is close to the mystic town of Glastonbury (the legendary resting place of King Arthur).

Precision manufacturing of St Cuthberts Mill English Watercolour Paper

Paper Surfaces

HOT Pressed

Hot Pressed paper tends to be favoured by artists that like to work delicately and with a lot of subtle detail, for example botanical artists. It is the least textured surface, and is completely smooth as it is pressed between 2 hot metal rollers. It is also favoured by artists who will want to reproduce their watercolour on smooth paper.

NOT (Cold Pressed)

Not and Cold Pressed paper amount to the same textured surface – this is the name given to paper with has a slight tooth to it. It is the most popular surface for watercolour painters as it allows for a little texture in your work, as the paint will sink a little into the dimples on the surface of the paper, but it will also be sympathetic to some detailed work.


Rough surface paper is pressed between sheets of textured felt during the drying process, which is why it has a felt like texture. The heavier ingrain of texture means that granulating (irregular colour application) effects are enhanced. This paper surface is not recommended for those interested in detailed work and is more suited to bolder, more expressive painting techniques.

Papers to meet all budgets and styles

Bockingford® Watercolour Paper

Wood & Acid Free


Internally Sized

Bockingford® is a beautiful English watercolour paper, traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine at St Cuthberts Mill. This is a high quality paper made using pure materials to archival standards.

Its attractive surface is created using natural woollen felts that give it a distinctive random texture. Appreciated for its excellent colour lifting abilities. This is an extremely forgiving watercolour paper valued by professional and amateur artists around the world.

In addition to watercolour the paper accepts pastel, gouache, acrylic, pencil, charcoal and pen & ink. The paper can also be used for certain print techniques and bespoke cartons.

Saunders Waterford® Watercolour Paper

Archival, Wood & Acid Free

100% Cotton

External Gelatine Sizing

Saunders Waterford® is an exquisite watercolour paper, traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine. This is the superior quality watercolour paper made by St Cuthberts Mill and comes with the Royal Watercolour Society’s endorsement. Made using 100% cotton, the highest quality papermaking material, to high archival standards. Each sheet is buffered with calcium carbonate to help defend finished pieces of work from discolouration caused by acids present in atmospheric pollution.

Its attractive surface is created using natural woollen felts that give it a distinctive random texture. The surface is sized in gelatine making it strong and resilient to scrubbing, and other rough treatments.

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PanPastel @Northwich Art Shop

We are excited to share our PanPastel range with you.

Highly pigmented pans of pure pastel

We have single pans, sets and the amazing Sofft Tools at great prices!

PanPastel Colours are genuine artists’ quality pastels, uniquely packed in a pan format; available in a range of 80 colours.

PanPastel Colours were developed so that artists can easily lift, apply and control pastel colour, just like true painting! The pan format holds the colour like paint for easy application. Loaded with the highest quality artists’ pigments; PanPastel Colours are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in a rich, ultra soft and low dust formulation.

All of these professional quality colours are highly pigmented, have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. Each pan contains 40%* more material than the average pastel stick. *(Average, based on a survey of leading brands).

PanPastel Colours are fully compatible with traditional pastel sticks, pastel surfaces, conventional fixatives and other artists’ colours.

Easy to Use – Blend, Layer & Apply like Paint For pastel painting and mixed media work use PanPastel Colours to:

• Quickly block in large areas of colour in seconds, e.g. for backgrounds and underpainting

• Achieve a more painterly effect in pastels • Apply controlled marks – from intense strokes to delicate marks

• Build up multiple layers while controlling the surface “tooth” fill

• Apply ultra thin “glazing” layers & veils of colour

The colours can be mixed and blended together to provide the artist with an infinite colour palette. Unique Packaging PanPastel packaging protects the colours, keeping them separate and clean. Making them perfect for both studio work, and for traveling / plein air work. The pans and storage jars (for Sofft Tools) interlock securely together making it easy to store and organize the colors and tools, minimizing the amount of storage space required.

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Alcohol Inks

If you like to work with vibrant colours to create abstract work then Alcohol Inks are something you should look at. They come in a stunning array of colours and go a long way! Used with our own brand blending solution you can achieve remarkable results.

You can further embellish your work using alcohol based marker pens (such as Promarkers and Promarker Brush pens). If you like a bit of bling you can choose to use the mixatives available in metallic (mixative) shades. these don’t blend in the same way as other colours but can add depth and iridescence. For outlining we suggest the Posca acrylic markers – once your work is dry and before varnishing.

Alcohol Inks are suitable to work on non absorbent surfaces, such as Glass, Ceramic Tiles or Yupo (plastic) paper. We recommend the use of a water based varnish to protect your work.

800Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile (Credit to artist Rebecca Yoxall)

You can browse our range or Alcohol Inks here:

Surfaces for use with Alcohol Inks:

Accessories for use with Alcohol Inks: