Student Artist of the Year Review: Daler Rowney Art Box
Hello fellow blog readers !
Feeling inspired to improve your art skills yet, especially after the landscape episode of ‘The Big Painting Challenge’? I loved how the artists had to work in the changing weather of the coastline, made for a great watch, particularly because artistic ability wasn’t the only obstacle for the contestants. Working in the rain proved that working away from your comfort zone is the best way to evolve as a painter. It was also a great way to learn about how different paints and mediums take to water, in order manipulate the paint and work with the character that painting outside can produce. The show also brought back the importance of perspective again– I talked about this in my previous blog post too !
When is comes to painting, I often stay away from acrylics , as they blend too easily and are not as vibrant as oils. However, I am out of practice with oil paints myself and must admit the show has motivated me to try them out. Hobby Craft have recently sent me the ‘Daler and Rowney Deluxe Wooden Box’ which is filled with oil paints and goodies for me to review, so lets take a look…
- 14 Tubes of Artists’ Oil Colour
- Oil Colour, Titanium White
- 5 Artist Brushes
- 3 Oil Mediums– Linseed oil , alkyd flow medium &thinner
- 10 Assorted Charcoal
- Daler Board
- Palette Knife
- Wooden Mixing Palette
- Double Dipper
Okay, so here is the full set. Its pretty impressive and the box is great quality with extra room to add to it later! At the back is a full colour spectrum of oil paints, as well as a larger tube of white paint. When it comes to working with oils, you will definitely get though a lot of white. Mixing the colours will take practice, but no worries, there is a wooden mixing pallet included that slots neatly into the box for when you are finished. The wood has a shiny finish that means it will wash and dry well, plus the paint wont be absorbed, meaning your precious oils will not dry out before you have completed your artwork.
What I like most about this product, other than the is how it is designed for painters of all levels. The standard is reliable and affordable, but also includes little tips on how to get the most of the products.
After seeing the collections of brushes the contestants have on the show, basic brushes suddenly seem unprofessional. You want to get your hands on a set like this, with a range of sizes and shapes. Hobby Craft also stock there own brand, so you can experiment with lots of styles, without eating into your artists’ budget. Don’t be fooled by fancy packaging, especially with brushes. As long as the hairs are secure, and don’t feel ‘plasticky,’ the rest is a luxury. If you are a student like me, building up your dream artistic collection of equipment takes time. Don’t invest in high end brushes until you are sure they are right for you. I’ll write a check list of things to consider when buying new products.
On a side note, check out my ‘Faber Castel’ pencil crayon collection! An illustrators must have and I hope to have these pencils for a long time. It can be overwhelming walking to into Hobby Craft ( in a good way of course! ) All the rows of new stationary and brands, its really inspiring and temping to buy it all. But trust me, you will be the envy of your art community soon. However, a picture perfect art studio takes time and money to build up. Focus on what is practical, then invest. Its all about how your art looks at the end of the day.
The ‘should I buy this’ check list…
- Have I looked for different brands and other alternatives?
- Have I got a plan of what I could create with this product first?
- Is the product practical for me?
- Is it an inspiring product to use?
- Can I store it?
- Should I try out a few first, then add to it later?
How to use the bottles of oils and thinners, are clearly explained on the back , and are very useful when It comes to oil paints. The mediums will help preserve your work and thinners are to thin out the paint, meaning a little can go a long way. But thinners are also great for manipulating colours and creating unique techniques. This piece of mine below, was created mixing thinners and watercolours. See the ‘Deer’ for this.
Thinners also blend dry materials such as oil pastels together too! Great for playing with textures and creating highlights. See the ‘Dog’ for this.
The box also gives you a neat collection of raw charcoals. To be honest, I’m not sure why this comes with the box, mostly because, all the other products are for oil paints. So this could be an opportunity to experiment. Try using the bottle of linseed oil, on sugar paper to paint over a charcoal drawing. It creates a washy background, buy making the sugar paper slightly see through, and has a folky, newsprint feel.
There’s also a drawing set you can buy if you haven’t used raw charcoal before, from ‘Derwent.’ Don’t forget to spray with hairspray or fixative, to stop your drawing from smudging.
Well that’s my review for the ‘Daler and Rowney Deluxe Wooden Box!’ Let me know what you think in the comments box below, or if you have any questions and tips of your own, get sharing!
Thank you for reading!
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