Epsom and Ewell Art Group


An Epsom and Ewell Art Group Publication

Editors: Vicky Rosenthal, Richard Seymour and Roland Vassallo 







Paul has recently started a framing business, based at his home.  The name of the company is FRAMEPSOM (Frame Epsom). The Website is www.framepsom.com Take a look and see what you think.


I can produce handmade frames for any occasion. For artwork and photography to objects such as sport memorabilia or special event items. I can offer a wide range of styles and finishes in materials of the highest quality, both traditional and contemporary, and can happily help you choose the right style of moulding, mounts and glass where required. 

I’m happy to come and have a chat with us to discuss your needs. You may find it difficult or inconvenient to travel to me, so after an initial consultation by phone, I can arrange to come and visit you in within a 5 mile radius at no extra cost. I will happily give a free rough estimate of the work needed based on your requirements. This will only give you an indication of the final price which will be given prior to starting the work.

 As a special offer to the Epsom Art Group I will give an introductory offer of 20% off your first order, and I’ll offer 10% off thereafter.

 Call 01372 434444 or email info@framepsom.com

 You can either pay a deposit of 50% up front or pay in total. Payments are accepted by cash, credit or debit card.

Opening times are:

Monday to Friday. 9am to 5pm. By appointment only.

Saturday. 10am to 5pm. By appointment only.

Sunday. Phone queries only



Ring or email PAUL COOKSON for all your framing needs

Neocolour Caran d’ache Crayons

An Article by Carol Hallett


In 1915 a Swiss company, Maison, created a firm to make the finest writing and drawing instruments combining the most advanced materials (at the time) and skills, which included some extremely rare, such as authentic Chinese lacquer work done by hand in the ancestral manner.

Caran d’ache is the pen name of a Russian born French illustrator (Emmanuel Poire from the 19th century). Interestingly ”Karandash” is the Russian term for pencil with the Turkish root-Karantash- which refers to the black stone that was ground to make Graphite a very long time ago.


Neocolour 1 is a water resistant wax oil pastel, created in 1952. It is opaque. Known for it’s water resistance and extreme light fastness. Can also be used for hot wax painting. Can be bought singly for about £1.50 each or in packs eg 10,15,40 etc. There are 60 colours in the range.


Neocolour 2 Created in 1972 a water soluble artist crayon made from high quality light fast pigments. They are softer than coloured pencils, and denser than wax crayons. When used on their own Neocolour 2 crayons are smooth drawing instruments great for sketching and filling in large areas. They can be blended dry with your finger, or using a tortilon or a  tissue or a piece of fabric .Once water is applied it can react very much like water colour paints. They can be bought singly or in packs. There are 84 colours in the range.


  • The neocolours can be used on cartridge paper, water colour paper or Mount board off cuts that have been given a coat or two of gesso ( white or coloured or even black which can be stunning !)
  • Used alone or as part of mixed media for highlighting certain areas
  • Addition to a pen and wash drawing
  • Must be more uses, the main feature is the intense colours, especially once wetted, that enhance the finished work.


Experiment 1

  • Cover some water colour paper or of f cut of mount board with a layer of Black Gesso (or white, not so effective)
  • Thoroughly Dry
  • Using masking fluid, draw a simple design. Could be a” Wot No” character over a brick wall, or a comic flower(s), or table and chair and umbrella. Basically need areas of enclosed spaces surrounded by masking fluid.
  • Make a palette of colours of your choice by dissolving some of the pigment from the crayon using a brush and water.
  • Paint the enclosed areas with the different colours, and the back ground with a contrasting colour
  • Allow to dry thoroughly
  • Once dry can add further layers of the Neocolour to deepen areas of your choice, blend where necessary
  • When satisfied remove masking carefully
  • Reference on internet(might help):Dior Dior art and illustration.Daisyyellowart.com



Exercise 2

This exercise is a combination of Water soluble ink pens and Neocolour

Suggested pens: Elegant writer (obtained from the SAA), Berol, gel pens, Staedtler non permanent, Stabilo these have several tip shapes, Graphitint , or of course Bottle of water soluble ink and pen knibs

·        Using a water soluble ink pen draw a picture on water colour paper. Suggest a simple one, for example a few trees near a stretch of water with a few rocks near the waters edge

·        Using water and paint brush, or water brush, add water to the ink lines and drag the diluted colour into adjacent area: bearing in mind the light source and shadows and horizontal lines for representation of water.

·        Remember to leave ample white spaces for the addition of the neocolour

·        If adding a lot of water tip paper to get drip lines or add rock salt for different effects

·        Lifting out colour from very wet areas can give odd effects as the ink pigments try to separate

·        Once the ink has been activated with water it becomes stable when dry. A fine mist spray of water from about two feet distance from the drawing should fix any missed areas


Addition of Neocolour

  • Add colour direct from the crayons to the drawing, then apply water to intensify the colour where necessary
  • Or create a palette by adding pigment from the crayon to a well in the palette, then apply as for a water colour painting

Have fun!!!


                Chairman’s Log 2852017

Good day, I have not written my log for a little while but it is not for thinking about the group and how it can be improved.

If you have any suggestions please contact me. I can’t guarantee we will implement your ideas but if you don’t air them then it is absolutely certain they will remain dormant.
The e-mail address of each member of the committee is on the About Us page of the web site. Contact anyone of us, we would like to hear from you.
Now as promised I am going to talk about the Members Pages on this web site.
At present there are forty members who have an active page i.e. they have pictures and words on their page.
Every member has a page allocated on our web site on which they can put as many pictures as they would like and write as much as they wish. You can go direct to your page which means you can use it as a constant exhibition of your work.
People look at our site, thousands of people. They may not look at every page but there is enormous possible potential which I am afraid is being to some extent lost.
If you would like any advice about your current web page or how to set up a new one I would be delighted to talk to you about the project.

The entry of material onto your page has to go through me or Roland Vassallo however you have total control. If you do not like the way your page is laid out, instruct us how you would like it displayed and we will alter it. If you would prefer a picture larger or smaller tell us and again we will change it.

We do not have any e-commerce on our site but that does not mean you could not put a price against the images on your page. We have a contact section on our Contact Page which could be used if you do not want to put any personal details on the web.
I would like to encourage all members to open their page and to all those who have a page to use this amazing tool to its greatest effect. This web site is expensive but it is massive, the storage facility is very large or even huge.
I am certain we have the best web site for an art group in this area and compared to having your own web site, you have a site with no adverts ( I am assuming a free site if you pay it will be more than £5) you do not have to do much work just send us images of your work and verbiage if you want.

Please use this amazing resource.
Please make use of this amazing resource.
Please maximise use of this amazing resource.


My Life as a Micro Artist

Wednesday 5th July 2017 

Presented by Graham Short

We were thrilled to have Graham Short as a guest speaker this evening. A talented artist and a celebrity, Graham has spent almost 50 years learning his craft, going to physical and mental extremes to produce the finest-quality miniature art engravings in the world.

Graham’s life and work is an extraordinary tale. It is a story of hard work, inspiration and innovation. Probably the only person in the world that does this type of engraving, that can only be measured in microns (0.001mm). He has for example engraved the words “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” on the sharpe edge of a razor blade! 

He told us how his English teacher at school inspired him to succeed. His life long adventure started as an engraving apprentice in a factory. He later started his own business and soon became an engraver to the Royal Family. Graham’s work is so sensitive that he has to work at night when he ensures the surrounding vibrations are minimal, this includes reducing his own heart rate.

His achievements are many and has had commissions for many eminent people, organisations  and notable occasions.

His most recently publicised creations are firstly, a 5mm miniature engraving on four newly issued (2016) five pound notes, this was of Jane Austen and encircled by a famous quote. Secondly, some medals that were stolen from a veteran of WW2 were headline news in June this year and Graham offered to help by engraving the replacement medals, these were presented to Alfred Barlow earlier today at Hampton Court.


Below is an example of Grahams work, engraved in the eye of needle are the words - 










Thank you Graham, we were all amazed by your work and the experiences you shared with us. A really fascinating and entertaining evening.

There is more information about Graham Short  and his work on his Website www.grahamshort.com  

Roland Vassallo