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Charcoal Tips & Art Club

Good Morning,

Hope you're well on this beautiful Monday morning.

It was a busy weekend at the gallery/studio with the workshop 'Abstract Acrylics' which was full on. The day was sunny, the doors were wide open, Murphy welcomed everyone in his own individual manner, barking, wagging tail and a little kiss.

The finished paintings were beautifully executed in colour, pattern & texture.


  • Art club may be moved to alternate Thursdays. The purpose of Art Club is to bring your own ongoing projects and materials and to work on them in the studio. There is professional guidance on tap, a lovely way to spend a morning all for £12.00.
  • More dates have been added to the workshop calendar, remember to book via email or call me for a chat.
  • Murphy's 'bump' has completely gone, thank goodness, we think it was an insect bite. The vet suggested he may have been in a fight... he obviously doesn't know Murphy at all!
  • Next week, as it is the first Monday of the Month, there is an Art activity.

Charcoal Tips

Charcoal has been used for  drawing since prehistoric times: using soot & sticks of charred wood from the fire as drawing tools.

Charcoal Sticks:-

Stick is made from vine, beech or willow twigs charred at high temperatures in airtight kilns. Willow is the commonest type; vine & beech are more expensive but make a richer mark.

The only drawback with stick charcoal is that it is brittle & fragile, and, tends to snap if used vigorously.

Compressed Charcoal:

This is made out of powder ground from charcoal, mixed with a binder & pressed into short, thick sticks. It produces dense, velvety blacks. It is less easy to dust off than natural charcoal.

Charcoal Pencils:

They are made from thin sticks of compressed charcoal encased in wood. They are cleaner to handle & easier to control. Only the point can be used so they can't produce a broad side-stroke.


Charcoal is a wonderfully liberating medium, immediate & responsive. By simply twisting & varying pressure you can make fluid lines that vary from soft & tentative to bold & vigorous.

I hope this helps if you're unsure of charcoal but have always wanted to give it a go.

More next week. 

Have a great week,

Amina & Murphy xx


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