Northwich Art Market May 12th

Come along to our first Northwich Art Market.

May 12th 2017 2pm – 9pm

We are excited to be running our first Northwich Art Market. This will be tied into a national cycling event ‘The Tour Series‘ as it winds its way around the country from Redditch to Aberdeen, calling at Northwich on May 12th! This promises to be a huge event for Northwich and will offer a fun atmosphere for all of the family, and it is being televised by Channel4 too!

We are so pleased to welcome a mix of Artists and Crafters to our Northwich Art Market, with demonstrations and products to sell we suggest that you take some time to stop and browse.

Northwich offers a fabulous place to stop and shop, with FREE car parking and a fabulous blend of national and independent retailers as well as award winning tourist attractions on the door step, it is certainly somewhere to explore.

If you are planning to stay in the area then come back on Saturday and experience our very own Artisan Market! Find out more about visiting Northwich, our town and local attractions – Click Here

Our confirmed list of artists is:

  • Visual Arts Cheshire (VAC) website
  • Brigitte Watkinson (Watercolour & crafts) website
  • Lindsey Berbridge (Crafts) website
  • Christine Wilcox-Baker (Sculpture)
  • Samie Cain (Acrylic Art) website
  • Jean Briers (Portraits) website
  • Lea Williams (Acrylic Ink Portraits) website
  • Rebecca Todd (Alcohol Ink)
  • David Cameron (Ethereal art) website
  • Carol Dooley (Paintings & Cards)
  • Claire Crawford (Prints, Cards, Keyrings and mugs) website
  • Jane Percival-Stewart (Oils) website
  • Bernice Tackley (Original Art, Prints, Cards) website
  • Chris Newsham (Artworks & Textiles)

Northwich Art Market is being run in partnership between Northwich Art Shop and Northwich BID (Business Improvement District)


Art Demonstrations – Rebecca Yoxall

We were entertained by the very talented Rebecca (Bec) Yoxall working with Acrylic paints to create a loose and flowing floral canvas recently.

Bec showed us how to create a blocked-out background using Winsor & Newton’s Powder Blue Galeria Acrylic and, then working from a couple of photographs for reference, she crafted a painting of blousy flowers. Bec was working with Winsor & Newton Acrylic paints (and a few others …  ahem!). The Galeria range of paints are suitable for students and semi-professional artists. Offering great value they are available in tubes and pots.

The demonstration was well attended and everyone enjoyed their evening with Northwich Art Shop.

Thanks to Bec and to Winsor & Newton for sponsoring this event!

  • To find out more about Rebecca’s work you can click here
  • To see more events from Northwich Art Shop click here
  • To see what is happening at Winnington Hall click here

Marabu Easy Marble

Using this ideal marbling paint, beautiful marble effects can be achieved on many different substrates.



Suitable for use on plastic eggs and balls (always try a test area first on plastic objects), glass, acrylic, wood, papier mache, blown eggs, candles, metal and polystyrene.

All objects should be plain and paint-free. Papers, Japanese paper, many fabrics and silks can also be marbled using Marabu-easy marble.
The paint is organic solvent based and is touch-dry after about 15 minutes. The paint is not permanent and will wipe off with a damp cloth after drying; therefore the decorated objects are not washable and not wash-resistant – but a quick spray of varnish will soon solve that!

Liquitex Acrylic Ink

Liquitex acrylic inks
Professional Level Paint
Spectrum: 30 Colors
Properties: Highly Pigmented, Fluid
Consistency: Extremely Fluid
Finish: Satin

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! is a range of extremely fluid acrylic paints that use super-fine pigments in a state-of-the-art acrylic emulsion. They dry quickly, are permanent, water resistant and non-clogging, which makes them ideal for a variety of techniques from watercolor effects to stamping.

  • 30 professional color spectrum
  • Intense bold lightfast colors
  • Extremely fluid, no need to dilute for airbrushing or calligraphy
  • Superior water resistance
  • Non-clogging
  • Fast drying
  • Ideal for watercolour effects, colour blocking and under painting
  • Intermixable with all other Liquitex acrylics and mediums
  • A balanced color line of opaque and transparent colors


  • Dip Pen
  • Brush
  • Technical Pen
  • Stamping
  • Ink Brayer
  • Screen Printing
  • Fabric Painting
  • Book Arts
  • Calligraphy
  • Stippling
  • Photo Tinting
  • Airbrush
  • Drybrush
  • Stenciling
  • Pouring
  • Watercolor
  • Collage
  • Drafting

Northwich Calendar 2017

Town Bridge and the Weaver, Northwich
Town Bridge and the Weaver, Northwich

Working in partnership with Visual Arts Cheshire and Development for the Arts Northwich. Northwich Art Shop is proud to announce the Northwich Calendar 2017.

The calendar consists entirely of local artists works covering Northwich and surrounding Areas.

It is on sale in a variety of local outlets and from Northwich Art Shop priced at only £5

A great gift that we know is sent far and wide!

Using Watercolour paper with Gesso

I had an enquiry from a customer who was using watercolour paper to paint with acrylics (they wanted a particular size of paper

Winsor & Newton Galleria Gesso
Winsor & Newton Galleria Gesso

to paint on). To create a less absorbent surface the customer wanted to gesso the paper, but found it was buckling. I did some research which I would like to share with anyone considering a similar path…


Always use a heavy paper, 140lbs / 300gms as a minimum, although the thicker the better to minimise the paper buckling / cockling).

Apply light coats of gesso. You can thin Gesso with water to reduce the heaviness of coats.

Apply many thin rather than few thick coats.

Work with a wide flat brush (to allow for smooth application with few brush marks), apply in many coats, allowing them to dry thoroughly. Watercolour paper will always move when you apply water to it, so using gesso which forms a hard surface, you may need to apply coats to front and back.

Subsequent layers should be brushed on in a single direction. So first coat in portrait, then second coat in landscape for example. If you experience buckling then gesso the reverse of the paper with brush strokes at the opposing degree (Side ‘a’ portrait, side ‘b’ landscape). Don’t be tempted to gesso as if you are emulsioning a wall!

The same method can be employed with cartridge paper – but again the thicker the better.


If you are looking to paint with watercolour on gessoed paper remember that gesso has significantly less absorbency, so watercolours will behave very differently on gesso compared with a ‘raw’ paper. There are grounds that will mimic the absorbency of watercolour – such as Daniel Smith’s watercolour ground.

About the inks we sell

Winsor and Newton Drawing Inks

They can be applied with a brush, dip pen or airbrush. The 26 colours include Liquid Indian Ink; a water based solution of traditional Chinese stick ink. This is the standard lettering ink used by calligraphers (this is not water resistant).

Brilliant Colours Formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a shellac solution, our drawing inks offer unrivalled strength and colour brilliance.

Colour Mixing The drawing inks allow overlaying of different colours for attractive colour mixes. All the colours are water resistant except Liquid Indian Ink, Gold and Silver.

Fully Intermixable All the colours are intermixable. Gold and Silver should be added to other inks in small quantities to avoid thickening. Mixtures of Gold and Silver should not be stored together due to adverse chemical reaction.


Winsor and Newton Calligraphy Inks

Our range of calligraphy inks has 18 brilliant and lightfast colours. The inks have been formulated with carefully chosen pigments to ensure maximum colour brilliance. Single pigments have been used where possible to enable clean colour mixes.

Versatility for Pen or Brush 14 colours (blue capped bottles) are suitable for dip pens, fountain pens, technical pens and airbrushes. These colours are transparent, thinner in formulation, fully intermixable and have a satin finish. Four colours (red capped bottles) are thicker, opaque and should be used with a dip pen or brush; this also applies to any mixtures using these colours. The black and white inks have a matt finish.

Permanence Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks have a permanence rating of AA or A, but are not waterproof.

Flow The Inks are non-clogging and have good flow characteristics when used in fountain or dip pens. We recommend that you test the inks with your chosen pen to ensure optimum performance.

Winsor and newton calligraphy ink

Daler-Rowney FW Ink

Inks are a more versatile medium than you might first imagine. The expressive fluidity and strong lightfast colour of acrylic inks are suitable for use by fine artists, illustrators, graphic designers, calligraphers, decorative artists and hobbyists, to name but a few.

FW Artists’ Ink can be applied with airbrushes, technical pens or traditional brushes, making them ideal for producing technical illustrations and finely worked drawings. They lend themselves equally well to clearly defined line work or broad washes of subtle, water-resistant colour.

FW Pearlescent colours can also be used to dazzling effect, especially where highly decorative elements are required to illuminate basic letter forms. Pearlescent inks can also be used to add shimmer and shine to decorative arts such as greeting cards, seasonal decorations, mounts and frames.

Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink

Acid-free, fast drying transparent coordinating dye inks specially formulated to create a colorful, polished stone effect. Use on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, shrink plastic, glass, and other slick surfaces. Available in 18 exciting 3-colour palettes. Alcohol Blending Solution is available for lightening colors and cleaning inks from non-porous surfaces.


  • Acid free
  • Fade Resistant, Dye Inks
  • Multi-Surface Inks
  • .5 fl. oz. Bottles
  • Precision Tips
  • Coordinating Colours
  • Available in individual bottles of 54 coordinating colours

Use the Adirondack® Alcohol Ink Applicator to apply Alcohol Inks to paper and other surfaces.  Use the Adirondack® Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen to create custom Alcohol Ink markers for doodling, journaling and coloring.

Note:  Ranger does not recommend using Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Metallic Mixatives, Snow Cap Mixative or Alcohol Ink Blending Solution in spray bottles as these contents contain alcohol and should not be airborne.


Spotlight on Winsor & Newton Indian Ink

A permanent and opaque black, Indian ink mixes well with other colours and adds a cool dense tint. It flows well on the paper, producing strong crisp black lines.


Also known as Chinese ink, Indian ink stems from one of the oldest and most durable pigments of all time: carbon black. Made from any ash, mixed with a binder such as water, liquid or glue, different recipes for carbon black can be found as far back in history as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.  A recipe by the Greek scribe Dioscorides (40 – 90 AD) still survives on parchment.


Around 3000 BC, drawing ink appeared in China. Often using animal glue as a binder, the pigment was dried into small sticks or little saucers which needed to be rubbed with water to create a liquid ink. Traditionally black inks were favoured by Chinese artists who excelled in producing monochrome paintings, where the gift lay in creating texture and emotions through strokes and varying shades of black and grey. In India, scribes have used needle and pen since antiquity to write many of their Buddhist and Jain scripts. Black ink was known as ‘masi’ in India, a mixture of different ashes, water and animal glue. It was only in the mid-17th century, when Europe began importing ink from India, that it became known as ‘Indian Ink’.


Used for an eclectic range of activities: tattoos, various scientific endeavours and the Japanese game Hanetsuki, today Indian ink is a standard among illustrators, calligraphists, designers and cartoonists.  A staple for any sketch, artists such as Hogarth, Henry Moore, Warhol and Hockney have all used Indian ink. The iconic gentleman spider wrapped around boxes and bottles of Indian Ink was created for Winsor & Newton by the world renowned designer Michael Peters OBE, and won a D&AD Design award for Packaging Design in 1973.


Winsor & Newton produce two professional quality Indian Inks: Liquid Indian Ink which is the traditional formula of the Chinese sticks and is not water-proof, and Black Indian Ink which uses a shellac binder allowing the ink to have washes painted on top without bleeding.

Pigment Markers

Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers are the most recent launch from the Winsor and Newton stable.

No Ordinary Marker

Pigment market carmine

They’ve taken the marker pen. And re-written the rules. Introducing the new Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker™ – a pen so revolutionary it will change the way you work forever. Using only the highest grade, lightfast, fine art pigments, there are over 100 beautiful colours to choose from. There’s also a unique White Blender that places a limitless palette of tones and hues at your fingertips. This is no ordinary marker. This is creativity without limits.

Not only that but a WHITE blender adds infinite possibilities


An infinite colour palette, right at your fingertips. Introducing the first-ever White Blender, specifically designed for the Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker™ system. Using white titanium dioxide pigments, this remarkable new pen lets you build, blend and soften colours like never before. Mix tones fluidly and intuitively, creating myriad colours and subtle effects – even on black paper. The possibilities are limitless.

Made to last

Using fine pigments rather than dyes Winsor and Newton Pigment markers offer unrivalled staying power of up to 100 years (under laboratory conditions) traditional dye based markers fade 50 times faster!

Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers are available from Northwich Art Shop, 111 Witton Street, Northwich. Cheshire CW9 5DY