Powdered charcoal can be mixed with paints to darken the colours . It is also possible to make black paints by mixing the powdered charcoal with a substance such as linseed oil.

Finger painting with powdered charcoal can create some dramatic effects, as displayed by the artist Alison Lambert. Although the concept of finger painting conjures up ideas of childrens' playtimes, as shown by these powerful images, it is possible to create something very special. If you want to see more of Alison Lambert's work visit www.

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