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Questions tagged [medium-selection]

For questions about selecting the media to be applied to a project, such as what type of paint, pencil or adhesive.

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Realistic tempered steel effect on aluminum

Im working on a project with aluminum Ive machined. I want to give it the rainbowy effect of heated steel known as the “heat affected zone”. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get the most realistic ...
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Easter crafts, any besides eggs?

Are there any home crafts regarding Easter besides eggs? Easter will be coming fairly soon calendar-wise after all.
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What are the differences between different black oil paints?

Assuming they are all the same grade (let's assume professional grade to simplify the question), what makes one better for one purpose or another? I understand that there are a variety to choose from: ...
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Can an oil painting be finished with wax to create a matte finish?

I've heard of paintings being finished with a thin wax coat, but I didn't know if this could be done with oil paintings specifically. If wax is not compatible with dried oil paint, what other ...
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What is the equivalent to niello for brass?

I have some brassware with nice engraved designs that I'd like to bring out. If it were silver or gold, I'd use niello, but that apparently doesn't work on brass. I could try and do something to ...
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What is the best mix to make chalk paint at home?

I have a table to distress for which I need chalk paint in bulk. What would be the best and cheapest way of making this at home in large amounts?
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Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

I'm trying to make a scroll to document life events. The important requirements are: approximately 30cm wide by 2m tall relatively easy for other people to sign their names on it can be rolled up and ...
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How to make adjustments to a PVC raincoat?

I have a raincoat made of PVC that I’d like to make some adjustments to: adding more buttons or other ways of attachment (it is full-length but it has buttons only to the knee); adding a string at the ...
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What kind of paint marker will work for flexible vinyl?

I'm making a mini cape out of flexible vinyl, like the kind used for window clings. I need to leave light blue, permanent marks on the vinyl that won't peel or flake as the cape is flexed. I'd really ...
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Using Rice Paper

I have ordered rice paper with which to make butterflies. It is so delicate though. Is there a way to coat the back with something like clear gesso and still have the look of translucent water color ...
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Advice on transferring technical drawing/line art to dark paper, possibly metallic or white lines

I have a vector file of technical drawing consisting of detailed line work that I'd like to transfer to a dark paper or card stock. Tracing, making stencils, etc. won't work due to the fine, complex ...
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What types of large plastic sheets can I draw/paint on?

I typically draw on Stonehenge paper from rolls, cut size: 48" x 60+". I like working big but it's horribly expensive to frame anything that large so I have been looking into various plastic drafting ...
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What kind of paint best adheres to doll/barbie bodies?

Does anyone have experience with full-body repaints for plastic dolls? I'm working on a repaint/restyle and I need to paint the doll's entire body. I'm creating a fantasy creature but acrylic paint ...
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Should 300 GSM toothed water color paper be used for pencil colors?

These seem to be toothed as well as they have a great GSM. But, it has been mentioned there that they are for water colors. Since toothed paper is required for holding pencil colors, will these be ...
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What glue can I use for glass and polycarbonate bonding?

I need to glue round glass (20 mm) inside a round hole in polycarbonate (tight fit). Only the glass edge (1 mm thick) and polycarbonate edge (1.5 mm) are surfaces that will hold the glue bond. ...
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Distressing purchased wall art

I purchased some wall art and I'd like to darken it with a tea stain or synthetic stain but the canvas has a plastic coating. Any ideas?
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How to paint paper mache rose

So I created this paper mache rose. As you can see, it's not very large. As you also can see, it still has the colour of newspaper. Now, roses in newspaper colour aren't very pretty, so I'd like to ...
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What should I use to connect my empty toilet paper rolls?

I'm building a pyramid made out of empty toiler paper rolls. I'm creating the pyramid as a bunch of rows, with the first row being a singe tube, the second one has two tubes connected, etc. (When it ...
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How to get velvety soft finish on hard toys?

I would like to know how to get the velvet-texture soft furry finish that is seen on some toys. A good example of this would be the Sylvanian Families toys (as pictured.) What materials and techniques ...
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What kind of paper to use for airbrush practice?

I'm just getting started with an airbrush and I plan to spend some time practicing basic techniques (dots, straight lines, curves, etc.) using cheap acrylic paints which I will dilute down to airbrush ...
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How can I select suitable leaves for hammered leaf art?

Over the summer I tried to do some hammered leaf art. Since I had never done it before I was just grabbing random leaves and plants that I thought would look good if I beat them on some watercolour ...
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Looking for a (non-yellowy) white chalk pencil for marker illustration highlights

I am looking for a powdery, dry medium similar to a chalk pencil. However I notice that not all chalk pencils are pure white and often exhibit a yellowy tinge. I have seen "white charcoal" products ...
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Can I use sunflower oil in oil paint?

Usually when I paint there is enough linseed oil. However, in the kitchen there is always some sunflower oil, for cooking of course. It appears to work well but I wonder about a few things. How is ...
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How to avoid / deal with rough edges after painting plywood?

I want to make a plywood owl lamp similar to this one. After sawing the pieces and polishing them, I tried painting them using watercolours. The colour looks good, but the wood has become rough on the ...
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Is the canvas used in pre-made packs the same as plain canvas pieces?

The art stores generally have pre-made white canvas on small wooden frames. They're not the cheapest, but they're easy to deal with. I want to know if this canvas is different than buying canvas by ...
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Is regular “wood glue” suitable for lighter woods (e.g. balsa)?

My daughter's dollhouse, after years of fairly rough use by many enthusiastic children, needs some fixing up. In particular, the staircase has split in half. Luckily it's a clean break, and I should ...
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What paint to use for outdoor plastic chairs?

I would like to paint my (garden) plastic chairs with nice designs. These are very standard chairs like this one: I don't know their exact composition but a google search make me thinking that this ...
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What paints can I use on glass? [duplicate]

On this website, they propose some "bottle-lamps", e.g. this one: I like the idea and would like to reproduce something similar. I think the product can be improved by painting the bottle. So here'...
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What paints could I use on nylon fabric?

What are good paints for painting on (thin) nylon fabrics? The goal is to paint an umbrella so there are some additional constraints. The paint should: be waterproof. keep the flexibility of ...
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What are some waterproof materials that meet my criteria for folding origami stars and cranes eggs?

One of my future projects involve folding A LOT of origami stars and crane eggs and turn it into a curtain. However, I want to insure that my hard (and very tedious) work do not go to waste by making ...
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To do direct animation on clear super 8 mm film, can i just bleach some old film?

I have a direct animation project I want to do using super 8mm film, but I'm struggling to find the right kind of film. I am wondering if I can buy some super 8mm film, leave it in bleach so it ...
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What material can I use to dye paper to look older?

My son wants to have a treasure hunt themed birthday party (we'll be geocaching at a local park). For the invitations, he wants pirate treasure maps to tell guests where to go. I'm going to be typing ...
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What paint works for “mock” stained glass?

I am pondering a project to make candle holders from wine bottles. I'd like to paint a "stained glass" style pattern on the outside, so it looks like a much more complex project than it actually is. ...
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What type of paint should I use for stone painting meant for outside

Not too long ago, my family’s dog was put down and we spread the ashes on one of her favourite (or so we assume) walkies routes. I want to create some kind of tombstone for her. I was thinking of ...
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What type of paint should I use to decorate a kitchen appliance?

I got a blender for a present, and its body is black plastic. Because of a family joke, we'd like to paint some purple decorations on it. This is inspired by very artistic hand painted stand mixers ...
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Are there markers, paints, pencils, etc that are known to not change color over time?

I have some printed material that I would like to touch up. These are not collectables, per se, so I'm not worried about altering the value of an antique or similar. I'm not asking about any ...
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As a calligraphy beginner, what features should I look for in an ink?

I want to use a variety of pens, nibs and papers and want a general all-round ink I can use for all (or most) of these cases. From a beginners perspective—which calligraphy inks would be easiest to ...