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Egg Tempera I originally wrote this for the Niagara Calligraphy Guild Newsletter Egg Tempera is a painting medium and method, but painters sometimes have to put calligraphy and calligraphic ornaments in their pictures. If the painter uses exclusively acrylic paints, he can easily create fine lines for calligraphic work, even white lines against black, by watering down his paint. Even acrylics in tubes the consistency of tooth paste can be made to flow in a nib pen, while still thick enough to give an opaque line. Egg tempera gives the oil painter a way of making incredibly fine details, such as required for intricate lettering. The most direct way to use egg tempera is to add water to egg yolk, about 1 part water and one part yolk, or more water as it pleases you. Egg tempera has a reputation for going bad very quickly, but you can counter this by adding a few drops of vinegar (or oil of clove, but I have no idea where to get this) to your medium. An additional note on these hardware store colours.

In conversation: Neil Gaiman talks to Shaun Tan | Books I met Shaun Tan for the first time in 1996, at a science-fiction convention in Perth, and only half-remember meeting him. He's quiet, shy, generally unassuming. I got to know him slightly better with each subsequent trip to Australia, and he got used to me introducing myself to him and him telling me that actually we'd already met. Tan's vision is intensely personal, but not exclusionary. He lives in Melbourne. He told me once that he began writing after The Rabbits, his award-winning book, started life as a 16-line fax from Australian author John Marsden, which took Shaun a year to illustrate. I had a Shaun Tan painting done on a bottlecap hanging on my wall for a year. Neil Gaiman: A few months ago I was doing a tour for American Gods and I stopped in Seattle for a day. Shaun Tan: Yeah, a couple of Locus emails arrived [Tan won the best artist award] and somebody said Tim Minchin can accept on your behalf. NG: I was the connection! ST: We were dithering for a long time. ST: Exactly.

Colour Mixing Tutorial - Watercolours and Pastels by Peter Saw Characteristics of colours Watercolours have a unique ability to depict atmosphere and light with a magical quality. To be able to use these qualities to the full, it is necessary to 'get to know' the characteristics of the colours you intend to use. Paint is made from pigments. Transparency In the traditional English style of watercolour, white paint is not used, as the watercolour paper provides the 'white'. Some colours however are not truly transparent due to the nature of the substances (pigments) used in their manufacture. Colours can be tested easily to show whether they have any opacity, by painting over a dry patch of India Ink. As the colours are generally transparent, when a new colour is painted on top of another (a glaze), the colour underneath will show through the second colour modifying its appearance (see opposite). Staining Some colours have staining properties. Granulation Some pigments produce granulation effects which give a grainy or mottled appearance. Limited Palette

How to build sewing skills if you’re an absolute beginner  |  Colette Blog Sarai Mitnick Founder Sarai started Colette back in 2009. All posts by Sarai More about our writers Today, I’d like to talk to all the beginners out there. I know how disheartening it is to be a beginner at something. You know when something looks wrong, but you aren’t at the point where you can fix it. “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. The good news is, things are getting easier. The evolving world of sewing Here’s how I used to pick my sewing projects: Head over to the big chain fabric store. After a quick browse through the 50% off section, I’d head over to the pattern table, where the stacks of massive pattern catalogs lived. Usually, there’d be a few other bored-looking ladies there rifling through, and at least one frustrated bride-to-be with her mother, horrified by the massive leg-o-mutton sleeves she was being presented with. I’d sit down and start browsing, ever hopeful that I’d find something I could work with. The indie revolution to the rescue

Watercolor Glazing Painted by Jim with 50 different glazes You must understand and can control the unique physical characteristics of watercolor to paint with fresh transparent glazes in watercolor. Here are my thoughts about the subject. Pull up a chair and lets go. First identify what colors on your palette are "transparent". Draw a black horizontal line about an inch in thickness across a small section of your watercolor paper. Remember relative opacity or transparency of colors tends to vary from brand to brand. Now paint a vertical strip of the color you want to examine across the line with a flat brush about 4 inches long. Now look where the vertical and horizontal met. Glazing essentially mixes color in the viewer eye rather than on the palette. For example looking down through a layer of say, New Gamboge over a wash of Thalo Blue, the viewer will see Green, just as if you had mixed the two together, but, giving the viewer a brighter more luminous color than if you had stirred (mixed) them together. Oh!

Free Science and Video Lectures Online! Success Tips for Creating Watercolor Paintings | Center Art Cultural 7 keys that every successful artist must do is a lesson in creativity, because it’s so hard to break down what an artist does in a step by step outline. But, actually using creativity to define what you do brings clarity. You’re probably wondering exactly what it is that you need to do to assure yourself of creative success as well as how to create successful watercolor paintings. You do need certain tools and skills to accomplish these tasks. Some expertise is essential for success. Here are 7 keys to help you create successful watercolor paintings. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

OER Commons How to Approach Watercolor Painting As a Beginner: 18 steps Edit Article Edited by Maluniu, Scarlet.pirate, MA, Svenja and 9 others Being a beginner means you need to start somewhere and that's fine; just take it slowly and enjoy your new painting skills! Water color painting is both enjoyable and a bit frustrating at times. It all depends on how you approach it. It is one of the most versatile mediums to work in. You will have to do a bunch of painting before you feel completely comfortable with the medium." Let's begin with using watercolors! Ad Steps 1Lay a sheet of heavy paper out on a table. 18Read books and articles on watercolor and try the ideas in them. Video Tips If you use good all-rag watercolor paper like Arches, don't throw out any bad paintings you do. Warnings NEVER leave your brush sitting in the jar of water with its bristles face down.

How does one become an autodidact? - Quora Learning From Autodidacts Autodidacts are rare, but their proclivities for learning drive many of today's assumptions about how educational technology should promote self-directed learning. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs, founders and leaders of three of the most successful tech companies in the world, are famous autodidacts, known for dropping out of college to pursue their passions. They learned by means other than school, including voracious reading, talking to experts, and plenty of trial and error. Their success in business and their talent for innovation has encouraged some people to forego college and disdain formal training. But for the majority of adults who are not autodidacts, structured learning plays a large role in their development, especially at work. Talent development professionals have long been responsible for making structured learning available. Why can't they be more like us? Skills to be a self-directed learner Their research refutes these three notions: Advertisement

5 Brainwashing Tricks That Work No Matter How Smart You Are | Cracked.com #2. Everyone Has the Same Moral Code, They Just Use It Differently Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images Question: Do you consider yourself morally superior to the people who used to burn witches (and in fact, still do)? I would certainly hope so -- these people are kidnapping innocent men and women and executing them based on a ridiculous superstition. Johann Jakob Wick"Well done, not medium. But what if, in some surprising turn of events, it turned out that witches were not only real, but that everything said about them was true*? This, then, is where you realize that you're not necessarily more tolerant than the witch hunters -- you just don't share their belief in witches. *The above example was stolen wholesale from C.S. Now look at pretty much every single political debate. Now, in order to preserve the good vs. evil narrative, here is where we say that the other side is simply lying about what they believe. #1. Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images They're all white.

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