Intaglio Printing: The History and Process
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Intaglio Printing: The History and Process

 People have used intaglio printing techniques for hundreds of years; some early examples of intaglio printing include playing cards made in Germany in the 1430s using drypoint. Several types of intaglio printing include etching, drypoint, engraving, aquatint and mezzotint. This blog post will introduce each type of printing method and then explain how to create an intaglio print.
Greek Mythology in Art: Scenes That Have Inspired Artists
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Greek Mythology in Art: Scenes That Have Inspired Artists

If you're a fan of Greek mythology, you'll know that the stories are full of powerful scenes that have inspired artists for centuries. From tales of love and tragedy to epic battles between gods and mortals, these stories have captured the imaginations of artists from all over the world. In this blog post, we're going to take a look at some of the most iconic scenes from Greek mythology and see how they've been reimagined in art.
The Origins of Halloween: A Fascinating History
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The Origins of Halloween: A Fascinating History

Have you ever wondered about the history of Halloween traditions? This blog post will look at Halloween's history and explore some of its origins; Why is it celebrated on October 31st? What makes a carved pumpkin an iconic symbol of Halloween? And why are ghosts associated with this holiday? Read on to find out!
How Making Art Can Improve Mental Health
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How Making Art Can Improve Mental Health

Art can be a powerful tool for reducing stress. Whether it's painting, sculpting, drawing, or any other form of art, creating can help to calm and centre the mind. The focus required to produce a piece of art can help to distract from worries and anxieties, providing a much-needed sense of relief. Read on to find out why!
The Hidden Symbolism In Still Life Paintings
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The Hidden Symbolism In Still Life Paintings

Still life painting is a genre of art that features manufactured and natural inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, vases, bowls and cloth. While the inclusion of inanimate objects may seem simplistic, the placement and composition of these objects can be highly intricate and require great skill on the artist's part. The items included in the work and their order can hold deep symbolic meaning, allowing the viewer to enjoy the painting with a greater understanding of the artist's intention. This blog post will explore several well-known still-life paintings and share some hidden meanings behind the subjects
Surprising Ingredients in Paints Used By Famous Artists
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Surprising Ingredients in Paints Used By Famous Artists

What you may not know about some of the world's most famous and recognisable paintings is that they were created with paint made from some very special ingredients. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the more interesting paints used by artists of the past and find out what makes them so special.
11 Amazing Creatures With Superpowers
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11 Amazing Creatures With Superpowers

This blog post will focus on ten creatures with extraordinary superpowers; read on to find out the animals who are indestructible, invisible or immortal!
Fascinating Death Customs In The Victorian Era
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Fascinating Death Customs In The Victorian Era

People in Victorian England respected the significance of mourning and grief; Queen Victoria famously mourned her husband, Prince Albert, for forty years. Victorian funeral customs were fascinating and varied. They offer a glimpse into the lives of people during that period. This blog post will discuss the origin and meaning behind some Victorian mourning and burial practices. What were mourning cards? Why would you need a mortsafe? What is death photography? Why was a bell on a coffin important? Could Victorians communicate with the dead? 
How Lithography Created A New Way Of Printing
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How Lithography Created A New Way Of Printing

The lithographic printing press was invented in the 1790s by Johann Alois Senefelder, how does it work, how did it change the lives of people at the time, and what are some of the famous artists who use this process? Read on to find out!