Thursday, 14 June 2018

The New George Weil Website

Great News! We are now just a few days away from launching the brand new George Weil website for your art and craft supplies. We're looking forward to providing our customers with this much improved shopping experience.

What's different about the new George Weil website? 

  • The enhanced product search gives you instant, accurate results. 
  • There are more top level categories to let you browse the website by Crafts, Materials, Tools, Book Shop, Kits & Packs, Brands, What's New and Offers. 
  • Products have clearer, larger images with the ability to zoom for detail (this is work in progress, just let us know if you need to see more detailed images we will try to update the website accordingly). 
  • Many of the products now feature related items in "You may also like" below the description.
  • Many of the products now include links to relevant Blog Posts which provide further facts or project ideas. 
  • All products include the facility to add items to a personal Wishlist. 
  • All products include this Share symbol.
    Click on the symbol to share content via practically any platform, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, WhatsApp and email. 

Why register on the new George Weil website? 

When you register an account you will be able to login to do all of the following:

  • Update your email, billing and delivery addresses. 
  • Change your password 
  • View the status of orders 
  • Repeat previous orders by selecting "reorder" 
  • Add your favourite items to a Wishlist for later. 
  • Share your Wishlist by email (a foolproof way of making sure you get exactly what you want for your birthday!). 

If you have previously ordered from the website you will be prompted to reset your password to log in to your account details (don't worry you can change it back again). For new customers, you do not need to set up an account to use the George Weil website; we continue to welcome orders from customers who prefer to remain as a Guest.

Join the Community on the new George Weil website 

This brand new section of the website includes:

  • A new blog which combines the old Fact File pages and blog into a new Wordpress Blog.
  • Safety Data sheets all in one place. 
  • Information on how to contact us and directions for visiting the showroom near Guildford.
  • Links to our social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram. Please feel welcome to FOLLOW, COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE, TWEET or PLUS any of the content you find here!

Teething Problems?

We hope not, but any new project as large as this is likely to contain the odd flaw. Please do email us if you see anything amiss and we will try to correct it as quickly as possible. Contact Allison by email with any feedback or concerns.

Happy Browsing from the team at George Weil - (left to right) Allison, Jo, Cara, Ian, and Sophie, and also from Simon, Susan and David (not pictured)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

A Very "Still Life" using Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics

We're often asked by customers if we do any of the many crafts featured on the George Weil website. And yes we do! This still life was painted by our colleague Allison using Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics on Canvas Board. She chose a limited palette of Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine, White.

Acrylic paints on Canvas Board
A Very "Still Life" by Allison Holland

"I chose to keep the number of colours to a minimum so that I could practise mixing my colours. The off-white was surprisingly difficult to achieve, too much white and Ochre and I had a creamy colour, too much Burnt Umber and I ended up with a muddy brown."

"Ultramarine and/or Burnt Umber System 3 Acrylics were used to darken the colours, making shading less harsh than if I had used black."

"I did apply the paint quite thinly in some places, diluting the acrylic with a little water. (Diluting the paint too much can impact on the performance of the binder to keep the pigment "glued" to the canvas). It helped to use a dry brush to remove excess paint and to blend for shading."

"I found it easier to apply the lighter colours first and then add the shading. I used Titanium White mixed with a little Ochre and Burnt Umber to attain highlights. Titanium White is more opaque than other whites. It is ideal for blocking out mistakes."

"I'm really pleased with the painting (only my 3rd since I left school in 1982!). I haven't used oils yet and look forward to experimenting with them in the future."

Skull painted using System 3 Acrylic paints