Archive for May, 2020

In The UK, Indie Film Houses Aren’t Planning To Open Until September

What’s the point, they say, when social distancing restrictions would mean they wouldn’t survive more than three months anyway? – BBC

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In The UK, Indie Film Houses Aren’t Planning To Open Until September

What’s the point, they say, when social distancing restrictions would mean they wouldn’t survive more than three months anyway? – BBC

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‘Something To Talk About’ Is A Slow-Burn Showstopper Romance

In Meryl Wilsner's debut novel, a Hollywood showrunner and her assistant are thrust into the spotlight after an innocuous red-carpet moment prompts gossip about a relationship between the two women.

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Forget the Patio Furniture; Express Yourself with the Best Spray Paints for Artists

Spray paint was first invented in 1887 by Joseph Binks, a maintenance supervisor at Chicago’s Marshall Field’s Wholesale Store. Looking for a faster way to paint the basement walls of the store, Binks developed a cold-water paint spray machine operated via hand pump. In 1949 Edward Seymour developed the first paint compressed in an aerosol can (he credited his wife with the idea). Used to... | Read More

Make Sure Your Color Stays Where You Spray It with the Best Primers for Spray Paint

Spray paint is a great high-coverage medium for graffiti, mural, and stencil art. But properly prepping your surface can make all the difference between success and failure. Make sure your color adheres to your surface by first spraying on a primer. Spray paint primer ensures that your work will have greater staying power and won’t flake or fade. It’s useful for preparing a variety of... | Read More

Dip a Slip with the Best Dyes for Fabric

UPDATED (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MAY 30, 2020 15:14 PM)

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Dying for some quality fabric dye? With these coloring agents you can transform an old garment, create custom textiles, and experiment with color. Try methods such as batik printing, ombre dipping, and... | Read More

The Best Rubber Rollers and Brayers for Printmaking, Painting, and More

Small hand rollers, also called brayers, are printmaking tools used to thinly apply ink or paint onto a printing surface. Commonly made out of rubber or a synthetic substitute, rollers come in a range of stiffnesses, with a softer roller providing more flexibility and coverage on uneven surfaces, and a harder roller working best for inking fine details. A handy multipurpose tool to have in any... | Read More

The Best Water-Mixable Oil Paint Mediums to Achieve Quick-Drying Gloss

Water-mixable oil paints contain a modified oil binder that allows them to be thinned with water. They do not require the use of hazardous solvents, offering a welcome alternative for artists who are allergic to these substances. However, the addition of water will thin the paint color and texture—and that’s where water-mixable oil media come in. They can be added to alter the properties... | Read More

The Best Water-Mixable Oil Paints for Experiments in Opacity

Similar to traditional oil paints, water-mixable oils contain a modified oil binder that allows them to be diluted and cleaned up with water. They have a texture and a drying time akin to those of traditional oils, and they can be applied using the same techniques. But unlike traditional oils, they can be manipulated with water to vary their consistency and transparency: the more water you mix... | Read More

The Best Artist Chamois for Blending, Cleaning, and More

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Blend, buff, and clean up with an artist chamois—a piece of porous animal skin that is supple and absorbent. Unlike paper towels that disintegrate or terry cloth rags that get encrusted with paint, a chamois is the perfect natural wipe-up tool. This... | Read More

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