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5 Fun Handmade Tools For Experimenting With Acrylic Paints

Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Fun Handmade Tools For Experimenting With Acrylic Paints

When it’s hard to feel motivated to keep painting as you build your skills with acrylic, experimenting is the best way to break out of a rut. Unusual painting tools create exciting textures and patterns that you wouldn’t get during your usual painting practice sessions. Round out your collection of tools from the paint supply store with these five fun ideas you can most likely make with materials already lying around the house. Lint-Free Cotton Rags Every acrylic painter picks up an inexpensive pack of cotton rags eventually to make it easier to clean up and remove excess and unwanted paint from the canvas. Those lint-free rags are also great for experimenting with washes and dabbing strokes since you won’t end up with bits of lint stuck in the paint. Ideas for using these pieces of fabric include Covering the eraser end of a pencil with a cotton ball covered with the rag, creating a squishy dauber for making round shapes with soft edges. Watering down some acrylics and wiping the colors onto the surface with the rags. Applying thick globs of paint to one side of the rag, pressing the cloth together to mix and marble the paint, then opening the rag and transferring the paint onto the canvas. Broomsticks Sometimes you need a little distance from the canvas to truly open up and go outside your boundaries. Instead of grabbing your brushes by hand, tie them onto a broomstick and see what happens when you’re guiding the strokes from a few feet away. The lack of fine control causes more organic lines and strokes, creating exciting abstract designs that bring a lot of movement to the piece. You may end up developing a completely new painting style after acting outside of your current habits for a little while. Altered Brushes Did you pick up a pack of cheap brushes when you first started painting with acrylics and don’t want to toss them out? Try altering the bristles to create your very own specialty brushes for unusual effects. For example, wrapping wire around the head and through the bristles causes them to poke out at different angles. The angled hairs leave specks and spots of paint around each stroke for an interesting look. Trim bristles unevenly, hardening some of the hairs with dry paint, or make multiple points in a flat brush to create a rake effect. Droppers and Straws Most primary and elementary school kids first fall in love with art as they use straws and watered down paint to blow colored bubbles and transfer them to sheets of construction paper. Go back to your childhood by dripping, dragging, and sprinkling watered down acrylic paint over your canvas with a basic household straw. If you want more control over the drips that you can get by holding your finger over the top of the straw, try re-purposing an inexpensive medicine dropper from a pharmacy. Turkey basters also work for large scale splatters and thicker paints. Homemade Brushes Finally, create your own texturing brushes by rethinking what’s around you right now. Use pencils or old brush handles as the base, then attach rubber bands, bits of string, pipe cleaners, and other dangling additions. You can slap the canvas, stroke paint on to it, or texture layers that you...

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Five Quadcopter Mistakes That Could Injure Somebody

Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Quadcopter Mistakes That Could Injure Somebody

Quadcopters are increasingly popular in the United States, and thousands of enthusiasts now love to fly these amazing drones. Unfortunately, your new quadcopter could injure somebody if you don’t use the gadget safely. Make sure you don’t have any accidents by avoiding the five following flying mistakes. No pre-flight maintenance checks Regular use could mean that some of your quadcopter’s parts start to wear or come loose. In many cases, you can easily fix these problems with a screwdriver or a spanner, but if you don’t check the drone before each flight, a simple mechanical problem could cause an accident. Things to add to your pre-flight checklist include: Look for loose connectors and joints Check that battery is fully inserted Make sure the rotors are secure and run smoothly Confirm antennas are free to receive the signal Carry out your maintenance checks before every flight. Even if you don’t hurt anyone, an accident could cause serious damage to your drone. Letting the quadcopter out of your direct line of sight To safely fly your quadcopter, you must always keep the drone in direct line of sight. Any deviation from this flight technique can result in disaster because if you cannot see the device, you cannot know what is happening, and you cannot respond as required. It’s easy to become disorientated if the drone flies behind an obstruction like a tree for just a few seconds. What’s more, any obstacle like this will cut off the connection with your radio controller. A drone out of your control could quickly collide with a building or a person on the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration now insists that you only pilot a drone that is continually in your line of sight. As such, while the FAA investigates opportunities for other types of drone, you should make sure you stick to this regulation. Flying over crowds Quadcopters are popular because they can give the pilot a birds-eye view that he or she could not otherwise get. As such, it’s tempting to fly these drones over public events and shows, where you can capture some amazing footage. Nonetheless, if such a flight means flying over crowds, you need to think again. A momentary lapse of concentration or a loss of control could allow the drone to fly directly into somebody’s head. The weight and momentum of a drone can easily cause life-threatening injuries. For example, in 2013, a young Brooklyn man died when his model helicopter accidentally flew into his head.  Flying too close to buildings and vehicles While some quadcopter pilots keep their drones away from crowds, some pilots don’t realize that buildings and vehicles can also cause problems. A collision with a building is unlikely to injure somebody, but other, more serious accidents can occur due to the interference these buildings can cause. If your drone gets too close to a building, the construction can interfere with the quadcopter’s GPS control mechanism. In turn, the drone may not respond properly to the radio controller, increasing the risk that the device flies out of control and hits people on the ground. As such, it’s always sensible to fly the drone at least 30 feet away from buildings and vehicles. Lack of practice Your quadcopter is a sophisticated device. Most pilots can earn how to...

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