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Using resin in your artwork
Hey guys! I’ve been wanting to write a tutorial on resin casting/pouring for a bit now (and I promise one is in the works!), but in the meanwhile, I think it would be good to explain what epoxy resin is, safety concerns, and of course, how AWESOME it is!
I started using epoxy resin in my paintings almost two years ago after being introduced to the resin paintings of Bruce Riley during ArtPrize 2013. I was initially drawn to finding a way to achieve visual depth on a 2 dimensional surface. Now, of course it is more than possible to depict spatial depth by using perspective, but my paintings aren’t trying to depict a realistic sense of perspective. Rather, I wanted to find a way to layer color and patterns in a shallow space and doing so without overwhelming the image. The only way to achieve that would to be somehow work in multiple layers, and thus resin was the answer! Most recently, I’ve started cast
Artists Tools - It's a wrap!
This week, thanks to some awesome Deviants, we have had a huge range of articles to share with you covering lots of different topics. We hope that you've found something useful and have picked up something new this week. Below is our roundup of all the articles published in the past seven days - don't forget to fav the articles if you enjoyed reading them! Thanks go to this weeks contributors: ParadisiacPicture, Kaz-D, Tudalia, GeorgeXVII, Mrs-Durden, Khallandra, Xadrea, JosephBlakeParker, MarcoEmma and RogueMudblood. Thanks go to our editors this week JenFruzz and Mrs-Durden. If you'd like to participate in Project Educate and find out more, check out Project Educate - Dates and Information!
5 DIY Photography
Joseph Blake Parker's Writing Tools
projecteducate have interviewed JosephBlakeParker this week in order to find out more information about the Tools for Writers that he is working on. Joseph is working on a series of articles which have all been shared through DeviantArt so far and which will one day become a book encouraging Anyone to become a writer.
About the Writer...
My name is Joseph Blake Parker, but I go by Blake and on DeviantArt I am JosephBlakeParker. I grew up between the United States and the country of Bolivia. During that time growing up, I had an insatiable appetite for stories in whatever form I could find them—plays, local legends, movies, books, comics. And I think the story that then influenced me unlike any other was Batman the Animated Series. It taught me many life-lesson about the sort of person I wanted to be—and through that, the power of story to change a person's life
Six tools for Product Photography
1) Seamless Background Paper
This is great for getting those blemish and crease free backgrounds to put your products up against. The papers are non-reflective, you can get it in a huge variety of colours, and they save you the hassle of ironing fabric backdrops especially if you just want a plain block colour look. You can find it on amazon in the USA here.
2) Seamless background curve
This is a luxury - probably something to invest in if you're really branching out into Commercial photography and making some money from it! But it's also a genius idea and gives you much more opportunity - more than you would get with a light box or tent. The 90 degree angle allows you to shoot at a wider range wit
Artists Tools Week - The Schedule!
This week we have another huge range of articles exploring Artists Tools and giving you an insight into some of the tools of the trade. We have articles looking at:
DIY Photography Equipment
Commercial Photography Tools
Traditional Art Tools
Tips for blending with markers
Tools for making a pattern
Tools for anyone to write a novel
Tools for making tutorials
[Bullet; Blue] Tools for finding the forums
This weeks contributors include MarcoEmma, Mrs-Durden, ParadisiacPicture, Tudalia, GeorgeXVII, Xadrea, Khallandra, and RogueMudblood. Huge thanks go to this weeks editors JenFruzz and Mrs-Durden. If you want to find out more about projecteducate and how you can get involved just check out
Photoshop: The Unsharp Tool
Artists' Tools Week
Today I'm going to tell you a little bit about the unsharp tool in Photoshop, and what you can do with it. This is going to be brief, so I won't be going into every single little thing you can do with this magical tool as there are billions of possibilities. However, I'll be showing you how I use it in portrait photography, most especially in order to heighten certain physical traits such as freckles!
We're going to be working with one photo during this brief tutorial, I will show you the finalized version that I posted onto DeviantArt, and I will then show you the steps taken in order to reach that end result. (I will only be focusing on the unsharp tool aspects, though, not the other finalizing touches I used to get my final result)
As a side note, I've recently gone through a lot of laptop problems, so my photoshop presets and whatnot are not back to normal, so I don't recommend you pay attention to them.
PE: Tips for Blending with Markers
This article is to give some handy tips and tricks for blending with alcohol based markers (Copic, Pantone, Tria, etc). The majority of the article is demonstrated using Copic markers, but the techniques used can be applied to the different marker types.
Marker papers come in many shapes and sizes. The common ones are:
Bleedproof / Bleedfree Marker Paper - 70 gsm paper which is thin and has a right side and a 'wrong' side, often comes in pads of 50 sheets and is quite cheap.
Manga Drawing Pad - 250gsm paper which is thick and textured, often comes in pads of 10-20 or as single sheets, can be expensive.
Japanese Manga Paper - thick, but smooth, more designed for inks and screentones, but can be used for colour pieces.
The type of paper used can vastly change the way blending with the markers works, as they often behave
5 DIY Photography Gadgets
Hello and welcome to another round of Artist's Tools!
Today we'll channel our inner craftsmen and create fancy DIY photography equipment.
This tutorial is for everyone, from beginner to professional. You only need a mediocre crafting talent to create the listed equipment.
The displayed DIY gadgets are mostly basic, so it is possible that professionals already possess the them. But that doesn't mean a different approach will not boost your results. See for yourself!
The DIY Gadgets
1. Camera Stabilizator
2. Custom Bokeh Effects
3. Ring Flash
4. Bounce Wall
5. Soft Box
5.1 Product Photography Version
5.2 Studio Photography Version
What do I need for this tutorial?
I only curated DIY tutorials which are executable with a low amount of money and/or materials that
Tools for Making a Pattern
Sew you want to be a seamstress.
Most of us, despite our devious natures, are considered to be a little old for Halloween costumes. The ones in the store can be a problem anyway - they aren't tailored for our personalities, and they're a bit too cookie-cutter (we're deviants after all!). We'd like to make our own pieces that fit our madness a bit better than tacky modern versions of Elvira.
Cosplayers do this all the time, and hard core fans of various franchises do as well. Star Trek and Star Wars fans can buy Simplicity patterns for their use, but if you're not a pro or if you need to make alterations, you might have questions about what you need and how to get started.
The first thing you need is work space.
I know that seems incredibly simple, but it's true, and you need a lot of it. Even though Frederick the Great expected his citizens to only clothe themselves with one yard of material througho
George's Traditional Art Tools
Hi my name is GeorgeXVII I am a Traditional Artist and, as you may have guessed, I love drawing! I'm here this week to 'help' you with some tips and advice about "how to choose and use tools" if your hobby is DRAWING.
I am often asked about the tools I use to create my drawings. Do I use traditional wood-cased pencils or mechanical ones? What type of eraser do I use? It would appear that many Artists have a fascination (and a vested interest) in the tools and techniques used by other artists... and I'm no different in that respect! So, what tools do I use?
Let's Get Started
TOOLS you have to choose and use when you are a Drawing Artist
10 Steps for Making a Good Tutorial
I'm back again! This article will cover 10 essential steps for the formation of a good, easy-to-read, and effective tutorial. But first, as always, I'll be dividing this article and here are the contents:
IntroductionStepsAdds OnsExample Tutorials
"So, starting with the tutorial.Wait I don't know much about creating a tutorial! What am I gonna do now??"
To cure this problem of yours, I have a few easy steps that will help you prepare a good tutorial for beginners! I've divided this article into a few steps, so that you can get a simple idea for the information provided. When we make a tutorial, try to keep it in mind that it shouldn't be very long as the readers or viewers may become tired/bored of reading it. So, it should be of an adequate length for
PE: 10 DIY Art Materials (Halloween Special!)
I'm Bansini , and I'm going to be linking you to great tutorials that explain how to create 10 different DIY art materials. This is super useful when:
you need art materials fast but the store's closed,
the materials you need are really expensive,
you just want a quick trial of the medium,
the material is not available in your vicinity and you'd have to order it online
you need something cheap, quick and easy for Halloween!
I've got a 'Halloween' section for each one, which tells you how they can be of use during the season of scares. Without further ado, here they are!
10. Sticker Gum
I've seen a lot of artists make stickers, but sticker paper can be very expensive and sometimes it doesn't last too long. Use these instructions to create your own, depending on how much you'd like them to stick!
My version: I learnt this one during KG summer camp.
First, you draw your design on either a piece of paper
Let’s talk about pencils, the handy tool that every artist uses. The pencil can seem pretty basic at first glance, just a mundane everyday object. But the pencil can create magic:
There are a variety of brands of pencils that you can use for art and a variety of kinds. Let’s quickly look at some examples:
Graphite Pencils: This is your humble every day pencil. It is useful for sketches and full scale black and white work. There are many brands ranging from cheap to expensive. Art graphite pencils vary in hardness. The best way to think of hardness is how easily the graphite smudges or applies to the paper. F is the lightest and the hardest lead (the graphite filling of a pencil) and 9B is the softest and darkest lead
Artists Toolbox: Markers
Artists Tool Box: Markers
So today I want to talk to you guys about one of my favourite colouring tools: markers. We've all seen them and used them, from the scented ones that some of us tried not to lick in grade 1 to the Crayolas that are everywhere to Sharpie Markers in the back-to-school section to the fancy markers that can only be bought in art supply stores. So here's what you need to know about markers
Cheap or expensive, easy to find or not, markers can be easily broken down into 2 types: water-based and alcohol-based. For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to stick with 4 of the most common brands of art markers: Sharpies, Prisma Colors, Copics and Lyra Aqua Brush Pens. Of these, only the Lyra markers are water-based; the other 3 are alcohol based.
Lyras, Copics and Prisma Colors tend to be double ended; one end tends to have a wider, wedge shaped tip and the other end typically has a finer tip or a brush. Sharpies are single ended
Silver Soldering Tools
Silver soldering is one of many different types of soldering, and is a commonly used technique in jewelry-making. There are many different tools that can be used for silver soldering - I will go over the basic tools that I use in my soldering endeavors, but there are certainly a lot more than I will be able to cover in this article!
The first and most obvious "tool" in silver soldering is the solder itself. Silver solder is just that - it is silver alloys that are specifically created to melt at certain temperatures in order to be perfect for varying soldering jobs. The silver solder that I use comes in sheets & is cut into small chips in order to be used. There are different 'levels,' if you will, of solder - most commonly called Hard, Medium, Easy (and I sometimes use Extra Easy).
The difference between the 'levels' is the temperature at which they each melt. Hard solder melts at the hottest temperature, and Extra Easy at th
Artists Toolbox: Digital Tutorials and Fur Brushes
Work With The Best
As a Digital Artist our world of creativity comes with a wide variety of tools at our disposal. Here you will find a list of tutorials that will help you with your Digital Art. Whether it's with backgrounds, details, or just brushes.
Why Should I use Tutorials For My Digital Art?
Digital Art is becoming increasingly popular for artists transitioning from traditional art to another medium. It's a medium that has a wide variety of options available to every artist out there and that's why it's so appealing ( among other long listed reasons )! Tutorials are essential but how do you know which one to choose?
Who's The Artist? This might seem like a silly question but it's important to look at the artist in which the tutorial is created from. Does their tutorials exhibit an array of skill that will be helpful to you? Is it clear and concise? Does examples of their own art display
Artists Tools Week - Introduction
This week it’s Artists Tools week! We have already had many successful artists tools weeks and if you’re interested in reading back through the articles just head to our gallery folder here.
This week we’re going to bring you articles focusing on how to photograph jewellery, marker tools, fractal software, brushes and much more. As always we welcome contributors to this sub project of projecteducate and if you have an article you’d like to write next time just send us a note.
We had a slight mishap which resulted in a few articles being posted last week a little early. So be sure to check those out too - they’re listed below!
DIY Photography Tools
Articles focusing on DIY tools for Photography are numerous.... therefore we're not going to repeat one this week! Instead we are going to point you to ten awesome tutorials for doing it yourself with regards to Photography. These easy, cheap and often very successful ideas will help you now and in the future, some will stay with you for life and some are great little 'life hacks' to get you through until you can afford and justify purchasing the top notch equipment!
Canon users - DIY Remote Trigger
This is an American idea so it estimates the cost to be around '3 bucks.' To the brits reading this article, that's approximately £5...to the rest of you, well, it's pretty damn cheap regardless! Instructables have a great article explaining how it's possible to build your own remote trigger from a mobile phone hands free kit.
5 Tools for Photographing Jewellery
There are quite a few photographs on DeviantART that depict Jewellery and in particular Jewellery photography is popular within the Artisan Crafts and Still Life galleries. So here are some basic tips to capturing your Jewellery at its best whether you want to sell your products or just show them off..
I've recently used one of these to do some commercial photography and they work quite well. They're great for photographing small items on white backgrounds and having that clean, sharp commercial look. For those that haven't used them before, Lightboxes are translucent surfaces illuminated from behind which are designed to highlight the shape laid upon them in high contrast. Think about those boxes used to highlight X-rays in a hospital - just like that. They can be fairly decently priced and you can pick up bargains on places like Ebay. There's also a great article talking you through how to create your own. Check it out
Artists Tools - It's a wrap!
Huge thanks to all those involved in the latest Artist's Tools week - we've had some fabulous articles which have covered a huge range of topics. If you missed anything then please do check out the articles below and show the love!
Color Theory for Fractal Artists by tatasz Mark Making Using Twigs by Rhyn-Art
Color Theory for Fractal Artists
While those are not really Artist`s tools by themselves, knowledge of how to use them well may be a very important tool, not only for fractal artists but for everybody.
Finding the right color combo for your fractals may be pretty tricky, and the coloring can affect the final artwork a lot, sometimes changing it's whole appearance drastically. It is why some color theory info can be a very important tool for fractal artists. Of course it is not a universal rule, but rather a guideline, and will definitely help you to come up with pleasant and meaningful color combinations more easily.
You may read a bit more about it here:
And an awesome, yet underused,
Math and Programming for Fractal Artists
Math and programming may look as scary subjects sometimes, but it is quite a useful tool when you are creating algorithmic art. After all, it is algorithic art
Understanding how your favourite software works
Of course, you do not need to be able to create a brand new fancy perfect fractal software from blank Still, some basic knowledge of how things work may be useful. Understanding the math behind a formula or a transformation can help you to find some cooler settings for it, or combine it sucessfully with other things. Being able to read some code usually helps, since there are very few tutorials and explanations on how things actually work (and not "add this, and then more around those sliders).
Creating your own custom plugins / formulas
Sometimes, the existing things just don't do what you want. It could be just a tiny little change in a formula. With some basic programmi
Mark Making Using Twigs
When creating traditional art, it is often beneficial for artists to explore as many tools as possible to figure out what Works best for each person, often different methods wields interesting marks that an average brush or pen does not achieve unless it is forced..
When using tools that you are not used to, you become slightly vulnerable, you tread on new grounds that you have not yet experienced (unless you have used this method already).
When you use materials that you cannot fully control, you produce works that are uneven and it forces you to make marks that you previously wouldn't have done, leading to some unpredictable pieces of art... the longer the tool the more unpredictable the work.
In this demo I have used a few shrubs bound together using string and a twig, by using ink as a medium I can show you what kind of marks you can achieve
By using this method you can then fill in all the details with whatever you like, similar to wha
Artists Toolbox - The Roundup
Once again we've had another fantastic Artist Toolbox week - hopefully you'll agree! Thanks to all of our contributors this week we've managed to bring you articles focusing on a wide range of topics. If you'd like to get involved in the next week then read to the bottom of this article to find out how. Here's what we brought you this week:
Working with References from FionaCreates
Water Based Media from Xadrea
3D Printing Basics for Beginners from PolyMune