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Storing Oil Paint in Bottles

Can I store oil paint in an airtight bottle? I read in a lot of forums that the space in the bottle (air) will dry out the oil paint. This confuses me, why can we store linseed oil in a bottle but not ...
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How to best attach EL wire to clothing mostly-permanantly?

I have some EL wire I used once to make a cool glow suit that ended up looking like buzz lightyear, but now I want to move onto a different project. I've already removed it from the first set, but ...
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Comparison: epoxy resin vs. glass

I wonder how does epoxy resin compare to glass. I have in mind at least: mechanical strength; elasticity / bending; "break-ability" others. The source for this "curiosity" is the ...
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How to make kite line more visible?

The main question is here. Other related question here. When rising a kite even a few tens of meters, some danger might exist: low flying helicopters, utility planes, hang gliders etc. might hit or ...
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How to hold a thin grip pen?

I have got Parker Vector Metallics fountain pen. Its grip is very thin. I use tripod grip. My thumb and index finger touch each other when I grip this pen. This causes kind of irritation and pain in ...
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How to Clean Mod Podge off Plastic Crafts Table

I purchased Modge Podge, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001681Z8Q/ to attach post it notes to muslin cloth. I was working on plastic crafts table. Now Modge Podge is sticking. How to clean it off?
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How to prepare and carry out drawing line art on a tree round?

Our business is an outdoor children's nursery and we thought it'd be nice to make a sign with our logo on a large tree round rather than printed on plastic, since it better reflects the outdoor/...
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Neoprene rubber finishes

I have two squares of neoprene rubber as non-slip mats. Needing a larger area, I bought a large piece off of a metre-wide roll. On arrival, instead of the slightly tacky shiny finish of the smaller ...
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Why do my 0.5 mm pencil leads shatter?

I have a rOtring Rapid PRO 0.5 and I have bought Faber-Castell Super-Polymer 0.5 mm B leads online which arrived in the post and seem to be fine. I load a couple into my rOtring but each time I click, ...
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Strong thin rope for kite

Background: I never built a functioning kite (I had a few attempts, as a child), I never successfully raised a kite (no stable wind with enough force when a ready-made kite was available). Current ...
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Rolling the rope of a kite

The base question of the problem is here. Another related question here. Additional to the material of the rope, I also need to be able to deal with the said rope when lowering the kite, when the fun ...
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Tempera Paints for Making Washes?

I do a lot of hobby crafting for tabletop gaming that involves painting miniatures and building scenery (think model railroad hobbyists). In this craft, there is a lot of need for washes of different ...
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Planes of the head (Loomis Method)

I have been reading Loomis' book "Drawing the head and hands" and practising Loomis' method of head construction. But while reading the book, I discovered that to put the features correctly ...
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How to paint a ghost with oils?

I'm a beginner, and I'd like to paint a ghost with oil paints. The effect that I want is something similar to this picture: The only difference would be that my ghost should be purplish. But that's ...
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What kind of dye or paint for t-shirt design?

I'd like to create a t-shirt with colour blotches on a plain black t-shirt, a bit similar to: The t-shirt is cotton. Now my question is what type of colour to use. I'm considering synthetic resin ...
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How can I make my wall look like weathered wood?

I'd like to cover one wall in my apartment with something that looks like weathered/distressed wood. The wall is 13 feet wide and 9 feet tall. It's currently just textured and painted. My project ...
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What is the Best Material for Chrome Guitar Pick Guard?

I'm looking to cut a piece of metal in the shape of a pickguard, then have it professionally chromed. What kind of metal material should I use? Can I get it at a hardware store or it is specialty ...
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On what factors does choosing pencil shading technique depend?

There are different types of shading techniques like criss cross, straight lines, circular shading, blending, scribbling, and dot shading (drawing dots close to each other). Of course there are not ...
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Shading dark scenes

I frequently find myself sketching scenes that have dark lighting, but I'm never quite sure how to go about shading the subjects of the drawing when it's supposed to look dark, especially things like ...
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The great wave of kanagawa - a political piece [migrated]

I like the painting "The Great Wave of Kanagawa". One of the things I recently noticed was that there are 3 boats, and all the people in the boats are bowing to the wave. The wave looks big ...
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What material should I use for the frame of my lighter-than-air craft?

I'm toying around with the idea of making an RC lighter-than-air craft, probably a Zeppelin or Blimp shaped one. I'm pretty sure I'll just use a candle or two to get the lift so it isn't a Hydrogen ...
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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 is the name of these “offset” nibs and pens?

I was looking into pen nib preventative maintenance and found a couple of pictures that I didn't understand. The first we see the nib on top is not the same as the rest as it has a crooked body. ...
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Is there any way to paint with acrylics over oil?

Is there any way you can keep on painting on an oil painting using acrylics? Not start at new painting! Maybe you can add something to the acrylic paint? (I know they dont mix well,thats not the ...
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How to Slow the Speed of a Sewing Machine

I recently purchased Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine. When I press on the foot ever so lightly it goes fast and loud. I am really taken aback by so much noise and speed (especially since I am new ...
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I have a model with a latex allergy: what are my other options?

I do amateur make up for a local theater group. We have a few of our actors and extras that have latex allergies. Generally I simply avoid using prosthetics on them since I do not have a good solution....
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How to create a metal ring?

I'm looking for a way to create a metal ring without using any machine or drill. I'd like to use cheap, simple tools. I found two ways for creating it, and they are very simple but it seems like ...
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Is there a single “best” position for holding a fountain pen while writing?

Certain positions are taught in school for holding a pen (not typically a fountain pen or quill in modern times). A variety of grips/positions can be seen in online photos. For example, from Amazon: ...
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Can boiled linseed oil from hardware stores be used for oil painting applications or cleaning brushes?

Home Depot/Lowes, etc., have boiled linseed oil at a much cheaper price than the local art store that I go to. Are there any problem using boiled linseed oil from these home stores for oil painting ...
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Is there a formal name for an artwork such as this?

I wanted to draw something subtle yet loud and ended up with the following. I am not classically trained at all and do not have much knowledge regarding styles and schools of art. After this drawing I ...
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Is it possible to combine charcoal and graphite in one image?

I'm drawing an image with quite a large range of tones and I plan to draw the darker tones in charcoal. However, I used a graphite pencil for the preparatory drawing. Is it still possible to draw with ...
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How can I draw single hairs on a black background with charcoal or graphite?

Every time I look at super realistic portrait drawings in charcoal or graphite, I wonder how to draw single hairs against a black background (on white paper, though) like in these pictures: source ...
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When to use a fixative in a drawing with charcoal and pencil?

I am making a charcoal and pencil drawing. What would be the difference between spraying the paper with workable fixative after applying the charcoal, and laying the pencil over that, or spraying the ...
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Can an artist use graphite powder made for dry lubricant?

Graphite powder for use by artists costs significantly more than graphite powder used as a dry lubricant. Is the latter usable for artistic purposes? Is it hazardous in any way?
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What are food safe finishes for woodworking projects, e.g. turned bowls?

There are many different products to finish your projects with. What types are food safe and what should one look out for when finishing a project that needs to be food safe?
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Does knitting needle material make a difference in knitting?

Knitting needles are available in wooden, metal and plastic materials. Are certain needles more forgiving of mistakes? Does the material itself have any effect on the process or product, besides ...
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My double knitting pattern is confusing me

A pattern I’m doing has double knitting in it. First off, how do I unravel the cast on stitches w/o unraveling the first rows? Second off, it says that all of the stitches go onto one needle, but then ...
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How to reduce ink flow of Pilot Parallel Pen?

I have a 2.8 Pilot Parallel Pen. It simply flows too much ink when writing. I have the 6mm too and it is just fine. Is there a way to reduce ink amount? https://pilotpen.com.au/products/parallel-pen/
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What is an easy way to waterproof large pieces of cardboard?

I am building sets and props for an outdoor performance. We must use recycled materials as much as possible, and will thus use cardboard a lot since it is readily available. We plan on painting or ...
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Trying to identify a painting my father copied when he was 15 [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, and if it isn't I'd really appreciate being directed to the right place, because I can't find anywhere else! :) Around 1965 my father got into art and ...
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To draw anything, is it necessary to draw its wireframe first?

See the pitcher plant drawing here, where they have actually drawn the wireframe first (see image below). What will I gain by drawing the wireframe first? Why not draw the outer lines directly?
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Gold nibs vs steel nibs in fountain pens - Does it really matter?

I recently purchased a steel nib fountain pen of Parker. I saw that the gold nib one was more expensive and I thought that gold nib might be for style hence I didn't purchase it. What are gold nibs ...
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What type of glue to stick paper on paper without curling?

I want to make super thick invitation cards. When I use white glue, it looks great for a day but then it starts curling. Any idea what I can use ?
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What are the benefits of using an overhand grip?

There seems to be two prominent grips for drawing that I have seen - tripod and overhand. I've used a basic tripod grip all my life for writing but have only just recently come across overhand. From ...
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What kind of paper should be preferred for fountain pens?

Of course the paper shouldn't have ghosting and feathering problems, besides that what should I look for in the paper for fountain pens. Some papers have teeth, some are very thin( school notebooks) ...
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Can you measure the amount of tooth that a piece of paper has?

When shopping around for art paper there doesn't appear to be a measurement for amount of tooth. The paper does have a specified weight and whether it is rough or cold/hot pressed. Can the amount of ...
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Money clip rubber cement/hot glue?

The current project in my sewing group is making a money clip. My question is whether I should use rubber cement or hot glue to attach the magnets that hold the clip onto the money. If it helps, the ...
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How to paste tissue paper onto thicker paper?

I have done a print in linocut on a piece of tissue paper. Now I want to paste it on a thicker paper. How I can paste tissue paper with a linocut print onto thicker paper?
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How to describe this style of pencil art?

There is a style of art that I have seen occasionally on wine bottles, but I do not know how to describe it. Here is an example: source I would like the name of the style because I would like to ...
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What happened to Venus with a Veil (1531), a possible forgery [closed]

I don't know much about the art world. I read from http://authenticationinart.org/pdf/artmarket/man-behind-cranach.pdf "The panel [Venus with a Veil (1531) attributed to Lucas Cranach], sold by ...

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