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How To : Blend colored pencils with a paintbrush

Watch this fine art video tutorial to learn how to blend colored pencils with a paintbrush. "Today, I am going to demonstrate a new artistic technique. I am going to merge the best qualities of two artistic mediums; oil painting and color pencil. What you are now watching is ...more

How To : Clean latex paint off your paintbrushes

Despite your best efforts, do your paintbrushes always end up too stiff to reuse? Keep them forever with these cleaning tips. You will need water, a clean rag, a paintbrush comb, a clean container, liquid fabric softener, a rubber band, and a ruler. Watch this video interior d ...more

How To : Use the Paintbrush tool in Illustrator CS3

This video shows you how to use calligraphic, scatter, art, and pattern brushes in Illustrator CS3. You also learn how to use the brush options available on the Brushes panel and in the Paintbrush Tool Preferences dialog box. Check out this cool lesson by Matthew Richmond now! ...more

How To : Clean oil paint of paintbrushes

Keep your paintbrushes looking like new with these cleaning tips. You Will Need * Paint thinner * A clean rag * Three clean containers * A paintbrush comb * Soapy water Step 1: Prep with paint thinner The first step to cleaning oil paint off of a brush begins before you’ve ev ...more

How To : Use Paintbrush in Fireworks 8

Double clicking any bitmap based object will get you into bitmap mode. You'll be able to use all the bitmap tools like the Lasso, the Paintbrush, and the Magic Wand. In this Fireworks 8 video tutorial you will learn how to use Paintbrush, and how to set brush preferences. Make ...more

How To : Remove camera flash hotspots in Photoshop

This video gives detailed instructions for removing a hotspot or flash reflection in a photo by using layers and masks. Start by adding a new blank layer and naming it something like Flash Suppress. You will use a special blending mode for this layer called darken. With your p ...more

How To : Draw on Top of Any Screen on Your Android Device

Android has a permission that allows apps to draw on top of other apps, but as fun as that may sound, it has mostly been used to create floating multitasking utilities. While these can certainly be useful, it would still be nice if this permission were taken literally and we c ...more

Fire Texting : How to Write Secret Messages with Fire

Writing secret notes with lemon juice was one of my favorite pastimes as a child. All it took was a small flame to lightly scorch the paper and reveal the hidden message. Now that I'm tall and pay bills, lemon ink just isn't exciting enough anymore. Luckily, we can use another ...more

Street Art 101 : How to Make Moss Graffiti

Feeling the need to creatively express yourself in a public space? Make an artistic statement with some DIY moss graffiti using moss, buttermilk, beer, a paintbrush, and some imagination. Simply gather your ingredients, blend until desired consistency is reached, and paint yo ...more

How To : Remove water stains from walls and ceilings

Are you sick and tired of staring at that water damage on your ceiling? There’s no need to sleep staring at that annoying water spot on the ceiling when it's so easy to get rid of! Loose the spots with the easy steps listed in this video. You Will Need: • A bucket • Bleach ...more

How To : Fix a scratch on your car

Fix those little scratches before they become big rust marks. Learn how to fix a scratch on your car. Howcast prevents all the necessary steps for ridding your car of that ugly scratch. You Will Need: * Your car’s VIN number * Car-wash liquid * Clean cotton cloth * 1,500- to ...more

How To : Make Your Own DIY Leaf Skeleton

Making your own leaf skeleton is a fun, DIY project where you strip green leaves of their outer coating and tissue, leaving behind the "skeleton" of delicate veins underneath. Leaf skeletons can then be used as framed art pieces, or delicate decor for homemade cards or ornamen ...more

How To : Tile & waterproof a shower

This video shows you how to tile and waterproof a shower. Stage 1 Use dunlop shower waterproofing kit. (Containing water poof primer, coating and tape) -Mark a line at the height of 1 meter above the shower way on the wall. -Brush the primer over the marked area vertically, wa ...more

How To : Build a samurai katana sword out of cardboard

The katana (also known as the samurai sword) originated in Japan's Muromachi period (1392–1573). These curved blades are known worldwide for their elegance and craftsmanship. But if you can't afford your own antique model you can create your own reproduction using junk you've ...more

How To : Make a Latex Skull Mold to Make a Plaster Skull

Dr Kreepy, Halloween craftsmen, shows a cheap and easy way to make full and partial skulls from Plaster of Paris! For this project, you will need a plastic skull, cheese cloth, a paintbrush, melting latex, anchoring cement, and Plaster of Paris. Watch this video special effect ...more

How To : Paint a pair of high heel shoes

In this tutorial, we learn how to paint a pair of high heels with Anne. You will need: paints, varnishes, paintbrushes, pencils, pen, designs, scissors, sticky tape, and carbon paper. First you will need to paint both of your heels with a solid color, doing two base coats. Nex ...more

How To : Make 2x1x1 Rubik's Cube from Legos

Want to make a Rubik's Cube just like Erno Rubik? Of course you do, but before you start making all of the intrinsic mechanisms of the classic Cube, maybe you should start out a little simpler. This video tutorial will teach you how to make 2x1x1 Rubik's Cube from Legos. Just ...more

Photoshop Project : How to Use Layers Creatively

Difficulty Level: Moderate Photoshop Skills Photoshop isn't just for zapping zits and adding freaky colors to sunset pictures! You can use it for fun, altered-reality pictures, too. If you have a tripod and some friends, you can combine many exposures as separate layers and u ...more

How To : Create a Neytiri Avatar makeup look

The Na'vi don't have eyebrows. While you could just paint your makeup on over your brows if you don't have prosthetic appliances to cover them, a neat trick is to take a giant glue stick (or the spirit gum) and go over your eyebrows with it, rubbing the stick in the opposite d ...more

How To : Easily paint an orchid

In this art tutorial, you will learn how to draw and then paint an orchid. You will need a Chinese paintbrush, a plate for the paint, water and paper. For paint colors, you should make sure you have red, yellow, black, green, blue and purple. First, dip your brush into the wat ...more

How To : Destroy jeans to create a distressed vintage look

Missa teaches us how to perfectly destroy jeans to create a distressed vintage look. Everyone has an old pair of jeans around the house that they don't love anymore. Why not turn them into a fashionable pair with these techniques? Everything to create these should be easy to ...more

How To : Gesso a canvas

You can’t expect to paint a masterpiece on untreated cloth. Here’s how to gesso, or prime, a homemade canvas in a hurry. You will need gesso, water, a plastic mixing bowl, a drop cloth, fine grit sandpaper and a house paintbrush. Tip: some painters prefer to use a squeegee to ...more

How To : Make a pop up greeting card

In order to make a pop up greeting card, you will need the following: 3D Maribu pens, a paintbrush, water, scrap paper, a pencil, a ruler, a cutting knife, eraser, 3 pieces of colored card stock, a white card, scissors, and a glue. Begin by folding a white card in half. Make ...more

How To : Paint Halloween pumpkin nails

Begin by painting your full nails orange. Any orange will work for this design; just keep in mind that more than one coat of nail polish may be needed to get a bold and opaque shade. I did two coats of orange to get the coverage shown in the photograph. Using a liner brush li ...more

How To : Make miniature bows with sugar florist paste

In order to make Decorative Black Bows for cakes, you will need the following: sugar floral paste, a small rolling pin, a strip cutter, ruler, sugar glue, a paint brush, Roll the paste out really thin. Use the strip cutter to cut the paste. This will allow you to be certain t ...more

How To : Draw a baseball player hitting a home run ball

Can't figure out what you love best? Baseball or art? Well, combine your two favorite pastimes and draw a baseball player. You can even create your own baseball cards if you want to go the extra step. But in this video, you'll specifically learn how to draw a baseball player h ...more

How To : Build a Rustic Timber Table

These three videos will show you how to build a rustic, distressed kitchen table. I'll be walking you through the process of selecting some recycled timber from a junk pile, and with a little care and some simple joinery techniques, transform that waste timber into a distresse ...more

How To : Make a flower out of toilet paper tube

Simple Kids Crafts demonstrates how to make a flower out of a toilet paper tube. For this project you will need one toilet paper tube, paint, a paintbrush, glue and scissors. First, paint the toilet paper tube and let it dry. Then cut the toilet paper tubes into rings. Scrunch ...more

How To : Make your own glow-in-the-dark wall art

Take a break from watching your lava lamp, and have some freaky fun with phosphorescence. Inspired by the Instructables project: http://www.instructables.com/id/UV-Fun/ You will need: -a pencil -laundry detergent with whitener/brightener -a bucket, paintbrush, and water -a da ...more

How To : Create Roy Lichenstein style Pop Art in GIMP

Learn how to produce Roy Lichenstein style Pop Art from your photographs using GIMP image editing software. This is based on several Photoshop tutorials, but is 'translated' for the Gimp, which doesn't have the 'new adjustment layers' or 'filters-sketch-halftone' options that ...more

How To : Paint a mountain landscape with Aleven Jones

Starting with a glossy 11" by 14" piece of posterboard, artist Aleven Jones goes through the steps of painting a mountain landscape in this how-to video. This technique involves using spray paints, stencils, and knives as opposed to a traditional paintbrush method. Whether you ...more

How To : Make a miniature baby bottle

In order to make a miniature baby doll bottle to be used in a dollhouse, you will need the following: orange paint, white paint, a paintbrush, and a light bulb from a string of white Christmas lights. The light bulb must be a standard light bulb. It can't be a replacement bulb ...more

How To : Make candied edible flowers

Martha Stewart shows another one of her Good Things: sugared flowers. Materials you will need are edible flowers free of pesticides, such as chamomile flowers, pansies, johnny-jump-ups, violets, or roses, scissors, pasteurized liquid egg whites, tweezers small paintbrush, supe ...more

How To : Design a graphical splash page in Photoshop

This software tutorial shows you how to design a really graphical splash page in Photoshop. You will learn how to use the gradient tool, outer glow tool, paintbrush tool, and layer blend modes within Photoshop to create this graphical splash page.

How To : Hold the bodhrán drum tipper

There are two recommended ways to hold the Bodhran Drum tipper for beginners. The first way is called the "curved wrist" technique. You put the stick in between the area of your index and thumb finger. Then you put the end of the stick in between your index and middle finger. ...more

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