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Find your favorite art form in education format by either browsing the galleries on the right or visiting #projecteducate's 2013 Roundup. To find out what's coming up in 2014 check out the schedule.

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Artists Toolbox - Get Involved!

Thu Jul 31, 2014, 12:00 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Get Involved!

Our 'Artists Toolbox' weeks have been hugely successful in the past but with the schedule fast filling up at projecteducate we've decided we don't need to wait for a whole week before bringing you some awesome articles! With that in mind we're encouraging you to get involved. You can check out what we covered in the last week here.

What's the idea?

The idea is that we bring a series of Art Tool themed articles to your inbox's to update you on what's out there, what the best tools are for the trade (in our humble opinions) and how to use them. It's educational, but in a different way to our usual projects.

What do I need to do?

To get involved just send your idea via note to projecteducate. The aim of writing an article is to try and include examples both in words and visuals to illustrate to your reader what you are sharing with them. Articles can be lengthy or they can be fairly short. Don't forget we also have our Handy Hints and Tips Blog Series if you feel you'd like to write a short, concise blog on a certain topic. Here are just a few example below of some of our Artists Tools blogs...

Artist's Toolbox: Acid Dyeing (Shibori)Artist's Toolbox
Shibori is an ancient technique which essentially refers to dyeing and shaping fabric with a multitude of techniques involving "resists" - basically tying, stitching, capping, clamping, etc. the fabric, to allow dye to get only to particular areas of the fiber. Although shibori is not only done with acid dyes, I use acid dyes in my shibori work, so that's what I'll be talking about in this article! Hope you enjoy!
The process of acid dyeing silks and wool can yield beautiful results, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly how to get a particular 'pattern' with dye due to it's rather spontaneous nature. For some, letting the dye do as it pleases will produce their favorite results, but there are times when we need to restrict the dye at least a little bit. In order to do either of these types of dyeing, tools are a necessity!

A stitched 'pattern' on silk noil, called 'mokume

PE: ARTIST TOOLBOX: Water-based Media!Waterbased Media!
I love water-based media! What is “waterbased media” you say? Well that would be any kind of water-soluble ink or paint! There are many advantages to working with water-based media, the main one being that many water-based paints and inks are not extremely dangerous to work with (in comparison to oils which are not good to get on your hands people…wear gloves!), there is no need for special clean up or a specific work environment (on that note, please PLEASE do not paint with oils in your living room).  Another advantage to working with water-based media is quick drying times. This is a pro especially if you do illustrative works. A third pro to water-based media is that they are somewhat cost effective for us starving artists. Here are some types of water-based media: watercolor, ink, latex paint, and acrylic paint. My favorite type of water-based media is watercolor. Tip: you don’t need t

Artists' Toolbox: Shading and Highlighting in GIMPHello!
Today we're are going to review (and hopefully learn) how shading and highlighting can be extremely easy and give your work a distinct look depending on technique. This is focusing on using GIMP, but Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai have equivalent tools.
As some may know GIMP is a free and legal image editing program (I say image because the the full name is GNU Image Manipulation Program). It was not necessarily made for painting, but neither was the hair that was first used to make a paintbrush. ;) Despite that however, you can find brilliant ways to make your work stand out. You can check out the web site here
We have two techniques that use specific tools we can use that will each give your work a different appearance:
1. Shading and highlighting with the ink tool
2. Shading and highlighting with the paint brush

Using the ink tool can give you control over line thickness and clean edges

More Journal Entries

Want to get involved?

There are many ways in which you can get involved with projecteducate and if you'd like to write an article we would love to hear from you!

Community Weeks

We have an upcoming Community Week which you can read more about here. Community Weeks are designed to get the Community involved in Project Educate. We want YOUR articles, whatever the topic, as long as the focus is educational.

Handy Hints and Tips

We also have a a series of Handy Hints and Tips which you can get involved in by reading this article here. This series aims to deliver shorter articles focusing brief tips with visual examples to aid you with many areas of your art.

Community Volunteer Weeks

Our Community Volunteers regularly run weeks here at projecteducate and if you feel like you could help them out then check out the schedule here to see what's coming up and note the CV!

Suggestions, Feedback and Ideas?

We actively encourage all of the above and invite you to note the group with your thoughts and feedback. Look forward to hearing from you!


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cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
is there a PE article yet about the distinctions between memoirs and diary writing? i can google it but guys at PE say it best.
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lykonix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  New member
Hi! Is it possible for take a real life photograph (that you didn't take) and edit it? (if you give credit to the original!) I'm not really sure on the rules of what you can or cannot post :c

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, can you look at my first deviant?

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post it, and I will take it down if it violates the rules. Sorry, I'm just a little confused on the guide lines here ;n;

Thank you so much in advance!
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There are soooo many incredibly interesting-looking articles posted lately, I just will take AGES to read through them :)
Thank you all for providing them :)
Very much appreciated!
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Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Until next time :salute: 
Senecal Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome group. If I ever get a spare minute, I will try to write up something.

Really glad to see dA being used in an educational capacity!
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ButterflyFish Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Thank you for the intivitation! It is very kind of you! Awesome group :)
KrisiChiki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the invitation! I hope I'll be able to contribute with something useful I am a dummy!  (once school is out of the way  Blush )
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aphid777 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the invite! ^^
FlyingSkySnow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Have you ever had a bookbinding journal thing yet x
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MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Can a deviant submit to two Community Weeks back to back? :meow:
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