10 things you should NEVER say during presentations

From http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2013/09/12/10-things-you-should-never-say-during-presentations-2/ At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic errors when people get on stage. The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. Here is my list of 10 things you shouldn’t say during presentations: 1: I’m very jet-lagged/tired/hungover Not sure where this comes from but one in five presentations at any Read more

Where to buy cheap paint

We stock: • Emulsion paint for walls and ceilings (vinyl matt and silk) • Kitchen and bathroom paint • Paint for interior and exterior wood and metal (gloss, satinwood and eggshell) • Undercoats and primers • Masonry paint for exterior brickwork • Varnishes and woodstains • Floor and tile paint Reclaimed paint is available in a wide range of colours and sizes – from 750ml to 10 litres. A range of ‘as new’ paint donated from commercial sources is also available.     Reclaimed paint is available from the following locations for a suggested donation of £1 per litre: FRP Read more

Create your own website easily

Create your own website easily without code and using well designed simple templates some options:

Graphite

This e.book introduces the exhibition ‘Grey Matters: Graphite’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum held in November 2011 – March 2012. The book by Jane Munro provides an illustrated analysis of the many works featured in the show. It includes an historical overview of the material, it’s origins and many uses over four centuries. Graphite

Plinths & Shelves

In need of a plinth for the show? www.artplinths.co.uk  - sculpture plinths and cases /  gallery furniture, sale and Hire.  15% student discount available. Other People’s Sculpture make sure you email all dims in an email phil@otherpeoplessculpture.co.uk Telephone +44 (0)7976396516   Another option for London is to rent  high quality plinths from Exhibition Continues. Makes money sense for shows two weeks or shorter.

Colour system convertor tool

Nice tool for converting between colour systems, such as RGB to RAL http://www.easyrgb.com/index.php?X=SEEK   Many other tools on the site Color calculator Converts color data to different color standards (RGB, CMYK, L*ab, L*ch, L*uv, Hunter, XYZ etc.). All the math implemented in this calculators is available in the math/formulas page. Create color harmonies From your RGB colors it creates colors complements, harmonies and themes. It can be used to easily create a Web site color theme or to select good trim and accent colors for your home decorations. From RGB values to commercial tints Matches your computer generated RGB values to Read more

How to Make Oil Pastels

“How To Make Oil Pastels” by Kenneth Leslie -exerpt from Oil Pastel: Materials and Technique for Today’s Artist What You Will Need: Pigment Turpentine Stand Oil Blended White Beeswax A large can that fits in an old pot, to serve as a double boiler Large palette knife Soft clay or homemade modeling dough (see recipe below) Plate glass or plexiglass on which to grind pigments Rubber gloves to protect hands from hot drips ——————- (Recipe for modeling dough) 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup salt 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Mix Read more

Historic notes on preparations

CONSISE NOTES ON PREPARATION OF GROUNDS, PRIMINGS AND OTHER MATERIALS. by Arthur Lucas Former Keeper of Conservation The National Gallery, London   In 1950 Arthur Lucas was invited by the Slade Professor, Sir William Coldstream to lecture and demonstrate the methods and materials of painting to Slade students, who previously (since the 1930’s) had been taught a course called Chemistry of Painter’s Materials, by Mr H Terrey from the department of chemistry. Lucas taught twice weekly lectures and the Methods and Materials Room in the basement of the Slade was established. The room, now a sculpture studio, had a double Read more

Fuel RCA – developing an art or design related career

Our Basics section covers some of the most common issues that you might come across while developing an art or design related career, from gaining confidence to sorting out your taxes. We’re expanding this section all the time so keep checking back. The articles here are intended as informal guidance, giving you an overview of some important topics. For in-depth advice, always consult a lawyer, accountant or other relevant professional. You can also get one-to-one guidance from our free helpline service, Fuel Line, plus there are lots of helpful books on business matters and career development in the FuelRCA library collection. Website: http://fuel.rca.ac.uk/

Learn HTML and CSS – book – Jon Duckett

A NICER WAY TO LEARN ABOUT HTML & CSS A book about code that doesn’t read like a 1980′s VCR manual… It’s not just for programmers, it’s written and presented to make it easy for designers, artists, bloggers, content and e-commerce managers, marketers to learn about the code used to write web pages… Learn how to: Read and write HTML5 and CSS3 Structure and design web pages and sites Prepare images, audio and video for the web Control typography and layout You will also find lots of helpful hints and practical advice alongside the code A NICER WAY TO LEARN Read more

The Methods Room

The Methods Room is Studio 2 of Graduate painting. It’s where material related questions are investigated and problems solved. Each week the Material Research Project hosts an event such as a seminar, technical talk or materials ‘surgery’ in the Methods Room, Onya McCausland is there to work through ideas and material related questions for students across all areas of the school. If you have a material related enquiry that you would like support with come to studio 2 on Fridays and Onya will attempt to help you out.

Egg tempera on MDF

Eun’s Painting 2011. Support – MDF. Ground – One layer of handmade gesso:  Gelatine and whitening, with titianium white pigment. Paint – Three layers of each coloured pigment, 10 pigments in total Each pigment is mixed with a little titainium white to lighten the tone, as mixing with egg yolk, as well as three layers can darken the colour slightly. Binder – egg yolk and water The images show 1 cm sections of the painting. Sanded paint surface.

Paper: Watercolour Paper

Watercolour Paper Machine-made watercolor papers come in three surfaces: Rough Hot-pressed or HP Cold-pressed (or NOT). Rough watercolor paper has a prominent tooth, or textured surface. This creates a grainy effect as pools of water collect in the indentations in the paper. Hot-pressed watercolor paper has a fine-grained, smooth surface, with almost no tooth. Paint dries very quickly on it. This makes it ideal for large, even washes of color. Cold-pressed watercolor paper has a slightly textured surface, somewhere in between rough and hot-pressed paper. Watercolor paper differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, so experiment not only with the different kinds Read more

Recycling products – interactive tool

Got a broken TV to dispose of, or want to know how to recycle batteries, bulbs or an old laptop? Find out how to recycle an array of household products and electrical appliances here. Select the product you’re interested in and we’ll let you know if and how you can recycle it, plus share insider tips from Which? experts on how to make money recycling certain products and the range of recycling services available to you. web: http://www.which.co.uk/environment-and-saving-energy/

Plywood

15mm section of Birch ply.

MDF

15mm section of MDF.

Sanded gesso ground

15mm section of acrylic gesso surface. This surface shows three layers of acrylic gesso. Each layer is sanded to achieve a very smooth even ground for painting. The surprise with this image is the apparently rough appearance of the surface close up. perhaps it needs more sanding..

The Materials Research Project

Introduction A defining characteristic of Graduate Painting is the rich diversity of approaches to painting that includes paint on panels and stretched canvas, indoor and outdoor murals and installation-based painting in which objects, moving images, photography, printmaking and performative art can play a significant role.   This richness is shaped both by the culturally diverse international student cohort, and by the different practices of the four artists who teach on the programme. These artists share a deep fascination with material culture and its relation to artistic transformation – this underlines the pedagogic thrust of the programme.   The Materials Research Read more

Artquest How-to guides for artist’s careers

This section contains ‘How to’ guides for every part of an artist’s career. From exhibiting, to earning money and more. Everything you need to know about sustaining a career as a practitioner is here. Each section focuses on a particular aspect of an artists career and covers approaches a practitioner can take to succeed. Make a living Show your work Work with others Your rights Promote yourself Promotion and application… Degree shows Prepare for the future

Gels

Impasto gels are thick gels used to create heavy impasto textures and to give colours more body and volume. They may be used alone, mixed with, or painted over with acrylic colours to impart different sheens and textures to colours. Impasto Gels are flexible and will not crack even when applied in thick layers. They have excellent adhesive properties. painting_materials_lascaux_gels

Acrylic size

Sizing minimizes the penetration of the priming and paint layers to the back of the canvas -making the canvas impervious before applying primer Hydro Sealer is used for sizing or preparing substrates ranging from moderately porous concrete to highly absorbent sand plaster before applying acrylic colours. painting_materials_lascauxproduct_size

Acrylic Size

Lascaux  Acrylic Size Plextol D498 The above are two examples of synthetic materials that can be used in place of animal based sizes. Although they are intended for use in acrylic based systems they can be used in conjunction with commercially produced oil primers although it is advisable to use acrylic primers over acrylic sizes. PVA is prone to deterioration and should be avoided. Acrylic priming systems are easier to use; unlike traditional materials, their properties are predictable, strengths do not vary from batch to batch and the entire process is speeded up.  

Grounds

  Egg / linseed oil emulsion Ground for canvas and panels I Egg Raw linseed oil Water Titanium white (or other) pigment Rabbit skin glue solution (1:30, glue to water) Sized panel (1:15 solution) or sized linen (1:30 solution) Break the egg into a glass jar and shake. Mark the level on the side of the jar and double the existing level with the oil. Again mark the level and double the quantity with water and shake to form an emulsion. This will store for 1 week in the fridge. Put some Titanium white pigment onto a glass slab and Read more

Pigment specialists

A.P Fitzpatrick 142 Cambridge Heath Road City of London, Greater London E1 5QJ 020 7790 0884 http://www.apfitzpatrick.co.uk   Cornelissens & son www.cornelissen.com 105 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3RY   Kremer Pigments http://kremer-pigmente.de/en Kremer Pigmente GmbH & Co. KG
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Gesso ground for panels

Gesso ground for panels   Whiting Glue size (1: 15 water*) Prepare a small quantity of size by soaking the glue granules in water until swollen. Warm the glue in a double boiler or a Pyrex glass basin, until melted. Remove from the heat source. Add a small amount of whiting to the size and stir gently with a brush. Test the mixture by painting onto a piece of waste wood; it should coat it with a milky film. Allow to dry for 12 hours.   Prepare a fresh batch of size (but this time with larger quantities) and melt Read more

Surface Preparations

Chalk ground for panels   3 parts whiting 1 part Titanium white pigment (Optional) 3 parts glue size (1: 15 water)   Sized panel (1:15 solution)   On a glass slab form a well in the centre of the whiting and add the glue size, gradually folding in the powder and work with a palette knife until a firm but glossy paste is formed. If the mixture is too dry it can be adjusted with a small addition of 1:15 glue size, if too wet a small quantity of whiting can be added. The stiff paste can be stored in Read more

Email Charter

We’re drowning in email. And the many hours we spend on it are generating ever more work for our friends and colleagues. (Here’s why.) We can reverse this spiral only by mutual agreement. Hence this Charter… 10 Rules to Reverse the Email Spiral 1. Respect Recipients’ Time This is the fundamental rule. As the message sender, the onus is on YOU to minimize the time your email will take to process. Even if it means taking more time at your end before sending. 2. Short or Slow is not Rude Let’s mutually agree to cut each other some slack. Given Read more