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Is there a website for drop-in life drawing sessions?

I draw people from life whenever and wherever I can. But it's tough to find drop-in life drawing sessions when I'm traveling. Is there a website or database or mailing list for drop-in life drawing ...
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What papers are suitable for markers?

I am planning on using markers for a drawing. As I have never used markers, I lacked knowledge about those. Is it okay to use them on a normal drawing paper, or should I always have to use sketch ...
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Effective ways to practice drawing anatomy?

What are some effective methods to practice drawing anatomy, preferably in 15-30 minute time increments? Looking for ways to structure a session of practice effectively.
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Staining vs Transparent Watercolor Paints

I was at a life drawing session and one of the artists mentioned that I should avoid using staining watercolors but instead use transparent watercolors because transparent watercolors could be cleanly ...
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How to crop large format paper

I've got drawings and other art on 18x24 inch and larger format papers. How can I inexpensively crop these papers so that the edges are straight and the corners perfectly right angled? ...
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Blend colors with markers

I have experience with drawing with color pencils, water colors and pastel. Now I want to try it with markers. As I am a newbie to markers, I have lack of knowledge about those.I need to know is it ...
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Is using a photo reference for pose fair use?

If I draw an imaginary character and use a photograph as reference for human body/pose, is that legal, copyright-wise? Let's say I change the hair and the face? I know it needs to be 80% different, ...
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How to give a mitt knit in the round a pointy finish?

I'm trying to recreate a certain style of historical mitts: Click here for bigger image. I have worked from the bottom edge (at the ellbow) up in the round and are now at the point where I need to ...
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Something against hand pain due to writing?

I sometimes write for hours per day (calligraphy), and my hand starts hurting because of holding the pen for so long. Is there a solution to this problem, e.g. some kind of glove or pen-strap that ...
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Painting a backpack

I'm planning to paint something on my 'Naugahyde leather' backpack. What type of paint should I use for that? I have already tried it with fabric paint, but it got smudged after a couple of days.
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What sort of fabric could be used for this costume?

I want to make a astronaut costume but I have no idea what fabrics I should use. I would like fabrics that resemble rubber, shiny vinyl that has no texture, and fabric that is good for putting lights ...
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How Do I Save This Shirt

This is the shirt I purchased when I was heavier: I was able to slim the sides. Unfortunately, fixing the shoulders was a train-wreck (now I've learned the hard way: I need to take-in the shoulders) ...
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What is the best adhesive for litmus paper in scrapbooking

There is a seller on eBay who offers litmus paper background paper for scrapbooking and card making. The litmus paper looks kind of like vellum in that it is semi-transparent. If you need more ...
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Alternatives to sewing machine bobbin felt pads

I saw a sewing machine tutorial where the repairman said some problems can be prevented by using sewing machine bobbin felt pads. Two felt pads came with my Singer Start 1304. Now, one is missing. ...
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Drafting film glued on plywood

I did an oil painting on drafting film. Now I need to fix it on a board so it will not bend. Can I do it on a plywood and then frame it under glass? Is it safe for the painting? Plywood is not acid ...
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How Can I Create the Metal Comb of a Music Box?

I want to design and create my own music box by hand. I'm looking for a way to create the metal comb/teeth. It would need to be a thin but sturdy metal in order for it to make tones. I'm looking for ...
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Alternative to self-adhesive corner 'bumpers' for the back of paintings & framed works?

I have some 40" x 52" paintings to frame up and I am wondering what sort of "bumpers" to use for the corners (so the painting doesn't scrape the wall). I've used those self-adhesive plastic "dots" on ...
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Time to paint over time

I’m new to oil painting so forgive my perhaps stupid question, can I start an oil painting and continue to work on it for days after I start?
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What material to use in Gehaburn (Neptunia weapon) prop ? (Include pics of example)

A week ago, I wanted to try to create a prop for a cosplay. The weapon I choose was the Gehaburn. Here is an example: I was able to find how to do most of the prop, apart of the blade. I searched on ...
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How to turn thin thread into thick thread for hand embroidery

This video explains how to turn thin thread into thick thread. This is suitable for making friendship bracelets, but it's not scalable to embroidering an 8-foot shawl, for instance. Plus, this shawl ...
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Trying to paint a pretty long paragraph on a wall - advice?

I am hoping to paint ~200 words on a big graffiti wall in my town! The wall is on a pretty busy street, and so I was hoping to do something like stenciling the paragraph on a big piece of paper and ...
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What to look for when purchasing Thick Thread

I purchased whole set of embroidery thread and it is too thin (how I will return it is a different matter) What should I look for when searching thick thread? Amazon doesn't show any sort of weight ...
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How to clean neodymium magnet spheres

I have acquired a large quantity of used neodymium magnet spheres that I would like to use in a project. When I roll a couple of the magnets around in my hand, they leave a black residue on my palms ...
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How can I secure the front and end of my hand-stitches without adding knot to needle, or back-stitching

I am following this tutorial for Cutting thread for embroidery project Threading the needle Adding a knot to end of needle What is the alternative to adding knot to of end to needle. I wish to ...
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How can I describe this alien-looking sculpture art style / concept to find other examples?

I want to make a sculpture of an abstract, alien-looking, spiky, liquid-like solid object (I don't know how to properly describe it) like in the screenshot below. What is this style / concept of ...
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Use laser toner for embossing powder?

I'm looking at the potential to use residual laser toner as a replacement for colored embossing powder; they're pretty similar (given the caveat that toner is messy stuff to handle and clean up). I ...
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How to Alter Dress where Bodice is joined to Gathered Skirt WITHOUT Cutting Garment At Seams

So far, I have seen tutorials where Kurtas (these are long Indian dress-like shirts worn with palazzo, skirt or leggings) have been altered by sewing along the seam. Note the pattern is straight (Don'...
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How can I make a faux gold finish less garish?

I just purchased a cheap gold lamp. As expected, the gold is typically super shiny and yellow (see below). How can I make it look more like weathered/antique gold?
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Importance of fabric grain in embroidery

If you wish to embroider, say, 3 meters of fabric to create a shawl, do you still need to make sure the fabric is on grain? Or do you only check for fabric grain if you will cut for sewing projects?
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How to Trim Poofy Sleeves

I purchased a boho maxi dress a while ago. I lost weight and it is now big for me. How to narrow the sleeves to maintain their poofy shape? Can I simply trim along the seam of the sleeve, or is ...
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Gloss coat then matte coat?

I’ve heard that matte coatings are less durable than gloss ones. The claim was that gloss coatings form a hard protective shell, whereas matte ones do not. The recommendation was to first apply a ...
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Necessity of Pre-Washing Fabric to Create Folk-Art Shawl

I hear lot about the importance of pre-washing fabric before making a dress to get the shrinking out of it. But what if you want to make a stole, i.e. sew a border, embroider (in my case, I wish to ...
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How do I remove mod podge bubbles from an irregular surface?

I am a miniature painter, and I use brush-on mod podge to seal my minis because it's what I have available and a bottle of mod podge lasts much longer and is easier to use than an aerosol sealer. ...
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Passe-partout guide

Last time I went to the local frame maker I learned some things about passe-partouts: The lower border should be slightly bigger than the others, e.g. 5cm vs. 4cm or 6cm vs. 5cm. There is a certain ...
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How to reduce tilting in self-made gimbal [migrated]

I made a gimbal at home with PVC. Used some cement filled PVC pieces as hanging weight to make the phone steady. But when I shoot with it, I feel some tilting movements in the video due to the ...
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Masking out non-linear shapes on canvas

I'm painting geometric stuff (in acrylic) and know how to mask out straight-lined shapes using tape on canvas (image on the left). However, have always wondered what would be a clean effective way, or ...
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Can I replace the pencil and marker with ballpoint refills in the Lamy CP1 Tri Pen?

I'm interested in the Lamy CP1 Tri Pen, which is a multipen that comes with three pen types - black ballpoint (M 21), pencil (M 41), and orange marker (M 55). Is it possible to swap out the pencil ...
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Can One Use Nylon Thread to Embroider on Chiffon

I wish to embroider my own stole by hand. A Phulkari to be exact. Plan to purchase 2 yards of chiffon fabric. Nylon thread seems thick and shiny. Would nylon thread embroidery work on chiffon? ...
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Adhesive suggestions for pebbles and shells on cardboard [duplicate]

I'm looking to suggestions on what glue would be best to stick smooth stones and shells to a reasonably sturdy piece pf cardboard to be put upright in a shadow box/deep frame. Would epoxy be the best ...
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What type of screw head shape is this?

I’m trying to search for this screw but cannot find a comparable head shape. I know it’s an Allen/hex, but I’m talking about the overall shape, it’s like a ‘reverse button-head’, or ‘anti-pan head’? I ...
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Soap not hardening

I am tried to make soap using cold process saponification. I used 25% coconut oil, 25% olive oil and 50% sunflower oil (what I had in my kitchen for this first try) and used a lye calculator to ...
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Fine liners that don't wear out quickly?

I've used fineliners (plastic felt tip I think) for calligraphy in order to achieve low line width (0.05 or 0.1 mm), but the tip tends to wear out very quickly, much faster than the ink is depleted. ...
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What exercises can I do to improve the line quality of my drawings?

I am learning to draw on my own by drawing and watching Youtube tutorials. I would like to improve the quality of the lines in my drawings. What drawing exercises would help me improve this?
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How to mix burnt umber with the 3 primaries and black/white

For the last 2 sessions I have been trying really hard to create a deep brown/deep red fur. I have gone back and forth many times trying to create this colour but feel I am just mixing something so ...
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Finest ballpoint/rollerball pen?

I would like to have a rollerball pen (or a ballpoint, or preferably both) for caligraphy, that is as fine as possible. I have a fineliner that is 0.05 mm, and I would like to have a fine rollerball ...
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What is this antique thing? [closed]

It's very light weight and folds nearly flat. My first thought is that it's a temporary holder for skeins of yarn used in a weaving factory. There was some kind of circular object tacked to one of the ...
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What is the name of this black lines only oriental drawing style?

If I recall correctly from my art history lessons many years ago this drawing style should have a distinct name, but I can't remember. source
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Making a diaphragm spring out of sheet metal

I want to make a relativelly small diaphragm spring for a project of mine. I'm thinking somewhere around 50-70 mm diameter, I can size the other parts to match the spring. It's basically just a cone ...
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Is coconut shell good to produce charcoal for drawing?

Is coconut shell good to produce charcoal for drawing? Does the material that we use to make the charcoal decide its tonal character?
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Casting Elastomers as Acoustic Insulators

This is my first foray into casting. Forgive the question if its basic. I would like to cast an object to act as a vibration damper. The initial positive would be 3d printed using something like ...

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