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£50 OCTOBER GIVE AWAY WINNER

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Alan Black

Congratulations to Cecilia Cardiff the winner of the Art Req £50 October Give-away. 

Cecilia's website can be found at http://www.ceciliaartist.co.uk/

Be sure to sign up to the newsletter to be entered in our £100 Christmas Give Away.  The next draw will be made on the 11th of December 2015.

STORING YOUR CANVASES

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Alan Black

HOW TO STORE YOUR STRETCHED CANVASES

Care should be taken with your stretched canvases both before and especially after they have been painted.

STRETCHED CANVAS STORAGE

Your canvases should be stored vertically whenever possible. If they are stored angled against a wall they may warp over time. If they are stored horizontally they may sag and become unusable. Sagging canvases can be re-tensioned but this can be avoided is they are stored correctly.
Keep your canvases in a temperature controlled environment such as your home or studio. Do not store them in out buildings such as garages or sheds where they may be susceptible to moisture. This can warp and damage them prior to use.

If possible store your canvases in darkened areas and not in direct sunlight or near heat sources.

Multiple canvases should be stored back to back. Another option is face to face. This minimises the chance of canvases being marked or stained. If possible use bubblewrap on completed paintings.

Framing your finished artwork can protect a painting and reduce the chances of it warping in the future.

Always make sure you choose the ideal canvas for your painting. Lighter canvases can be affected by just a wet or thick wash of paint. Remember you are dealing with natural materials that will react to temperature changes or moisture.

Posted in Storage, Stretched Canvas

OIL PAINT & SOLVENT SAFETY

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Alan Black

This article is intended to give general advice regarding oil paint and solvent safety. Use this article as a starting point and follow up by doing your own research. Some additional resources are listed at the end of this post.

OIL PAINT SAFETY

The following suggestions are designed to minimise the likelihood of contact with oil paint and your mouth or skin. Many oil paints contain toxic materials that can be absorbed by the body. Always read the labels and be aware of what you are using.

  • Do not smoke while painting.
  • Ensure you have adequate ventilation.
  • Avoid sanding oil paints. Dust particles from paint can be dangerous if inhaled.
  • Do not lick your paintbrush.
  • Never paint with your fingers.
  • Do not eat while painting with oil paints.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes, nose or mouth while painting.
  • Remove paint in contact with your skin as quickly as possible.

SOLVENT SAFETY

Solvents should be treated with as much care as oil paints both during and after use.

  • Always keep your painting area well ventilated.
  • Lids should be kept on solvents as much as possible. Be conscious of the likelihood of solvent fumes at all times.
  • As with oil paints, no smoking, eating or drinking while using solvents is recommended.
  • Do not use solvent to remove paint from your skin as this may increase absorption by the skin.
  • Avoid handling solvent or paint rags with your hands.


SOLVENT FIRE RISK

Solvents used to dissolve paint are highly flammable and can self-ignite.  Care should be taken with bunched up cleaning rags soaked with solvent. They can catch fire as they dry. Soak rags in a container filled with water or store them in a sealed metal container where they will be unable to light. Never burn any solvent soaked rags. Do not wash solvent rags in a washing machine or tumble dryer.

 

FURTHER READING

While most artists are aware of these rules they can easily be overlooked or ignored due to deadlines or bad habits but sticking to them will ensure being around to paint for many years to come. More detailed reading on this subject can be found in the links below.

More detailed information on the Michael Harding range of Oil paints can be found on their website.

More detailed safety information can be found in the following books:-

Health Hazards Manual for Artists Paperback – by Michael McCann (Author)

or

The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide Paperback – by Monona Rossol

Posted in Oil Paint, Safety, Solvent

BUY ROSE MADDER PAINT NOW BEFORE THE PRICE INCREASE

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Alan Black

Rose Madder from Michael Harding has been recategorised as a Series 5 paint causing the price to rise.  We have limited stock of Rose Madder available at Series 4 prices.  Click the link below to buy it now before the price increase.  

ROSE MADDER

Latest colours from Michael Harding now in stock

Posted on March 22, 2015 by Alan Black

We're pleased to announce that we have the newest colours from Michael Harding in stock now.  They are Amethyst and Neutral Grey.  Click the links below to buy them now.

AMETHYST

NEUTRAL GREY

 

 

 

 

Welcome

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Alan Black

Thank you for visiting Art Req.  It is our intention to use our blog to not only feature new products we add to our range but to also highlight the Art World and in particular the numerous artists we are proud to have as customers and friends.

Please check here regularly for updates.