No artists’ studio is complete without the essentials, and for those, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a strong adhesive to put your artwork on display then choose from one of our 3M sprays. For your practical art-making needs we have all purpose adhesives and glues that are fit for a wide range of techniques.
Finding the perfect accessory can change the way you work and help improve your output. From palette knives to manikins, putty rubbers and colour wheels, with us you can find the tools you really need. Why not pick a colourful Pantone accessory to brighten up your workspace?
You can’t put a price on a quality brush, but fortunately, with Cowling and Wilcox’s excellent value range of artist brushes,
Natural hair brushes are great for watercolour painting – the softer the better. They hold large amounts of paint or water which is necessary for this medium. Red sable is considered to be the best choice for artist brushes, as sable hair comes to a fine needle-like point with excellent spring and resilience. Synthetic hair is now so good that many watercolourists prefer them to natural hair - particularly if price and durability is an issue.
For oils and acrylics, we recommend bristle artist brushes as they have the ability to carry large amounts of paint and work fantastically with a heavier body. Bristle artist brushes are more likely to be used in the beginning stages of a painting to distribute the paint and establish brush strokes. They’re incredibly durable and sturdy.
Whatever your material of choice, we have a range of shapes and sizes of brush to choose from, with both synthetic and natural hair options available. Whether you are a professional or beginner, we have the brush for you – so start browsing now!
Happiness is a blank canvas waiting for that first pencil mark or stroke of a paintbrush. Whatever your desired medium or level of expertise, we have the best artist canvas for your needs. Cotton canvas is fantastic for a wide range of purposes and is especially suited for acrylic and oil paints. For more professional use we’d recommend linen artist canvas, and for watercolour we offer a great selection of canvas board. All of our artist canvas comes in many different sizes, from some of the best brands including Winsor & Newton, Reeves and Johanna Basford. All of our artist canvas comes in many different sizes, including A1, A2, A3 and A4. Our range of artist canvas includes blank canvas boards and pads, canvas rolls, framed canvas and stretched canvas. Start browsing our artist canvases now from leading brands like Winsor & Newton, Reeves and Johanna Basford.
You can create until your heart’s content with our fantastic range of craft supplies! We're one of the biggest suppliers of craft products in the UK, with thousands of lines available from beads and jewellery to decoupage, modelling, home decor and textiles. We've got everything from the basics (such as paper and card) to specialist craft materials and decorations. We also have an excellent selection of children’s craft kits to keep young ones amused and help unleash their creativity.
Every artist needs an easel, whatever the medium - whether you're a wonder with watercolours or an acrylic enthusiast. When finding the perfect easel, sturdiness is key, which is why we only supply stock from the best brands, including Daler-Rowney, Loxley and Jakar. Browse our range of studio easels and table easels, perfect for your day-to-day projects. Or, invest in a portable field easel for creating artwork on location. Our range includes professional artist easels and those suitable for beginners alike. Our easels will also suit a variety of canvas sizes, leaving you free to create art at a number of scales.
Is there anything more satisfying than a brand new crisp and clean pad to start drawing on? We don’t think there is. Our extensive collection of papers and pads ensures you’ll never be stuck for choice in finding the most excellent quality material for your needs at the very best price. Our massive range includes everything from sketchbooks and tracing paper to coloured card. Whatever you’re chosen medium there’s choice aplenty, whether you’re working with pencil, marker pens, watercolour, oils or acrylics. We even have a fantastic array of foam and mount boards for all of your presentation needs.
We’re proud to be able to bring you the finest quality paints, whether you’re an experienced artist or an aspiring novice. Whatever your chosen medium, we’ve got you covered – from the smoothest oil paints to the chunkiest acrylics and the most vibrant watercolours. Our wide selection of leading brands such as Schmincke and Winsor & Newton gives you an extensive choice over finding the perfect paint to create your next piece of artwork with. We also offer a wide range of paint sets which serve as superb gifts for artists of all ages, or as the perfect starter kit for painters looking for the essentials. Finish your masterpiece off with one of our many mediums and varnishes. Whether you’re looking to extend the usability of your paint or simply to protect and preserve your artwork, we’ve got you covered. We also stock a fantastic range of brushes, canvas and easels to help you create your next painting masterpiece.
Both pastels and charcoal are ideal for that immediate, hands-on approach to creating artwork. There’s nothing quite like using your finger to blend pigments together and create beautiful pieces that make fantastic use of colour and shade. Whether you’re using a wax, oil or soft pastels, charcoal or carbon pencils we’d recommend that you use a good fixative to preserve your work and ensure it lasts for as long as possible.
The pencil is the most traditional and essential tool for artists the world over. They are ideal for creating intricate and detailed pieces as much as they are for creating a rough sketch or draft. A good pencil has to be able to stand a lot of punishment and make it easy for the artist to execute an idea as quickly and as smoothly as possible.
In manufacturing a pencil, clay and graphite are mixed in varying proportions to produce the various degrees of hardness: More graphite gives a Blacker result and more clay gives a Harder line. These degrees vary from, 9B which gives the softest and blackest lines to 9H, which is very hard but paler in colour. HB is halfway with 50-50 clay and graphite.
We have an extensive array of sketching and drawing pencils and sets, as well as a whole host of coloured pencils from long-established brands such as Faber-Castell and Derwent. Whether you’re a sketcher, doodler or colourist, we have you covered. Just don’t forget your sharpener, erasers and to shop our range of pads, paper and board.
The very best pens are comfortable to hold and effortless to use. With our vast range of pens, markers and inks you’re bound to find the right fit! Fulfil your writing needs with one of our fine liner, gel or calligraphy pens, from big names such as Staedtler and Sharpie. For drawing, we have a whole host of markers to choose from, allowing you to produce a wide variety of colouring techniques. Try something new with one of our many sets or stock up your existing collection with some brand new colours from manufacturers you can rely on, like Winsor & Newton. Just make sure you have plenty of paper!
We’re responsible for creating the very first artist portfolio in the 1960s and understand exactly how important having the right portfolio is for displaying your work. We have the widest and most exciting range you’ll find and are at the forefront of seeking out the very best products on the market to add to our collection. As well as our large range of presentation portfolios and archival boxes we also offer customised products and a complete design-your-own service, giving you that extra special professional touch. Choose from a whole host of names synonymous with quality, including Pina Zangaro, Prat Pampa, Mapac, Permajet and more.
All of our technical tools and accessories offer everything you need for precise technical work. Our cutting mats, compasses and array of cutting tools go hand-in-hand for practical endeavours including paper crafts and the like. Choose the perfect ruler or French curve for creating top notch technical drawings, whether you work as a student or professional, and make the most of our Rotring sets to help you put together those fine and intricate pieces that can really show off your skillset.
We know it can be difficult choosing the right gift sometimes. Cowling & Wilcox Gift Vouchers allow you to show your appreciation for someone by allowing them to pick their perfect present. It's easy to do - you can buy a voucher online bewteen £5 and £250 and instantly send to your loved one.
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Mediums can be a very important tool when painting, affecting many elements of the performance of a particular paint. A variety of painting styles can benefit from the use of mediums, but perhaps the most common is oil painting. Oil paint mediums are an important part of the oil painting process. While you can work with oils without using a medium, this completely changes the process and many artists find this to be a very difficult way to work.
Depending on the item you use, the right medium can alter drying time to achieve either a slow drying time or a faster one. Mediums can also manipulate consistency and the finish of a painting. We carry a wide range of mediums including oils such as Linseed oil, varnishes, liquin, solvents, pouring mediums and more, from leading brands like Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Schmincke. Our range will allow you to find the perfect oil painting medium recipe to create just the effect you are looking for with your oils.
Our Paint Madness offers have been extended for an extra week! Enjoy up to 65% OFF acrylic paints, sets and accessories, from leading brands such as Liquitex, Sennelier, Schmincke and more. Offers available until Sunday 29th March, while stocks last.
We carry the highest quality art products and supplies from top brands like Faber-Castell, Winsor & Newton, Daler-Rowney, Reeves and more. At Cowling & Wilcox, our mission is to supply artists of all levels with the best products available for their creative journey. So, whether you’re a master oil painter or just starting out with watercolours or pastels, we stock everything you’ll need at affordable and competitive prices, from the early stages of sketching and planning through to finishing touches and presentation. Browse our range of vibrant paints, pencils, brushes, artist accessories, craft products and so much more.