Paint Like A Professional With Oil Mediums

Oil paints have been most artists’ first choice for hundreds of years, with good reason. The colours are gorgeous, you can do anything with them and they last forever. Oil paints are slow drying, so you can remove what you don’t like while they’re wet or you can paint over them when they’re dry. They’re also easy to use once you learn the basics.

Oil painting mediums are a bit of a mystery in comparison. What do they do, and what’s the difference between them all? This blog post will answer those questions and give you an overview of our most popular oil mediums in to help you choose the right one for your artwork.

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Explore Limitless Creations With Watercolour Mediums

The possibilities for creating with watercolours are vast. It’s becoming increasingly more common for painters to experiment with manipulating watercolours through the use of mediums. Not only can you change the properties of the paints themselves, you can alter the properties of your surface or the finish of your painting with some very simple tools and techniques.

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Mix & Match Acrylics The Easy Way With Liquitex

Layer, smudge, blend and mix in your own individual style – intermixability allows you to combine any Liquitex Heavy Body & Soft Body Acrylics, Inks, Sprays, Markers and Mediums, any way you like. All Liquitex products are made with compatible binders for maximum versatility and archival quality. This means you can go your own way and create your own techniques. And that’s what being an artist is all about.

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Tips For Priming A Canvas

Once you have a stretched canvas the next step is to prime the canvas so you can paint on it. A primer seals and protects the support, makes the canvas less absorbent, helps the colours stand out, can provide a smoother surface with enough tooth for the paint to bind onto, and is, therefore, an excellent surface for both acrylic and oil.
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Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 2017

Make the most of our Christmas Sale offers, available both online and in-store until 1st January 2018! Whether you’re looking for some last minute gift ideas for Christmas or you’re looking to treat yourself in time for the New Year, we’ve got you covered.

Read on to find out when you can pay us a visit over the Christmas & New Year period…


Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Shoreditch, Camberwell & Highbury: Open 11.30am – 5pm

Canterbury: Open 10am – 4pm

Folkestone (Website & Customer Service): CLOSED

Monday 25th – Tuesday 26th December

Shoreditch, Camberwell & Highbury: CLOSED

Canterbury: Open 10am – 4pm

Folkestone (Website & Customer Service): CLOSED

Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th December

Shoreditch, Camberwell & Highbury: Open 9.30am – 6.30pm

Canterbury: Open 9am – 6pm

Folkestone: 9.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 31st December (New Year’s Eve)

Shoreditch, Camberwell & Highbury: Open 11.30am – 5pm

Canterbury: Open 10am – 4pm

Folkestone: CLOSED

Monday 1st January (New Year’s Day)


All shops will resume normal business hours as of Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at Cowling & Wilcox!

Introducing Spectrum Noir

Unsure which graphic marker is for you? Looking for something new or something different? Then you’re in luck! Introducing the new Spectrum Noir range from Crafter’s Companion, a series of affordable yet high quality markers for all kinds of crafting, colouring, art and design – whatever your interest or style, and no matter how experienced (or inexperienced) you might be.

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