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In a past life I was a scenic designer, living in New York and building plays and fashion shows. Now, life has slowed down a bit and I'm figuring out how to be a good husband and dad.

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  • Theatrical Scenery: Preparing a Scenic Drop

    One precaution, the water in the paint will also cause some shrinking/deformation as the drop dries (even after it has been sized). If you have no option to paint on the ground and MUST hang it, I suggest stretching the canvas while it is hung. An option for stretching hung drops is to use clamps and ropes. What you do is, along the sides of the drop, take 2 pieces of wood (flat, smooth, rounded corners and edges) and clamp them together with the drop in between using a c-clamp. Tie a rope to the clamps and then stretch the fabric by pulling on the ropes and tying the rope off to something. You'll probably need several clamp points along each side. To weight the bottom, you can do a similar clamping procedure and hang weights from the c-clamps.

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  • Theatrical Scenery: Preparing a Scenic Drop

    I would suggest leaving it clamped. Once it's sized it may not shrink as much, but it can still shrink. For sizing, I would suggest white interior latex house paint. I would usually get paint with an eggshell sheen. For the actual scenic paint I also suggest interior latex house paint. Again, I would usually get paint that was eggshell and mix a little water into it to make it flow better, but just a little (like maybe 1/2 to 1 cup per gallon of paint). If you add more water the paint will become runny and translucent (which might be something you want if you are looking for a watercolor-like effect). If the painter is new to scenic painting, I would suggest mixing water in gradually and testing it for flow and coverage. In my experience any interior latex paint, if applied in thick layer…

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    I would suggest leaving it clamped. Once it's sized it may not shrink as much, but it can still shrink. For sizing, I would suggest white interior latex house paint. I would usually get paint with an eggshell sheen. For the actual scenic paint I also suggest interior latex house paint. Again, I would usually get paint that was eggshell and mix a little water into it to make it flow better, but just a little (like maybe 1/2 to 1 cup per gallon of paint). If you add more water the paint will become runny and translucent (which might be something you want if you are looking for a watercolor-like effect). If the painter is new to scenic painting, I would suggest mixing water in gradually and testing it for flow and coverage. In my experience any interior latex paint, if applied in thick layers (or many layers which become thick), will crack if a drop is rolled or bent. However, as long as the paint isn't very thick, paint cracking shouldn't be too much of a problem. Watering down the paint thins it, helping to prevent cracks. Note that there might be tiny little cracks, but they shouldn't be visible at a few feet away.

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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess

    A pawn can only capture diagonally. This may be a bit confusing, because (when not capturing) pawns move in a straight line forward. Also note, pawns can not move backward. When reaching the other side, the pawn can be promoted to any other piece accept king.

    Thank you. An excellent point that I totally forgot to include.

    Pawns may only move forward. If they reach the opposite side of the board, they are promoted and then may move backward.

    On its first move, a pawn may move one square, two squares, or capture diagonally one square. It may not move one square, and then capture diagonally one square. I think that answers what you were asking.

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  • Without knowing the too much about the project, it's hard to give insightful advice, but below are some things that might make it easier:I would suggest water based paints. Acrylic will work, but I would often use latex house paint and thin it with water. Just be careful. Latex house paint can't be thinned as far as artistic paint. If you thin too far it will look chalky when it dries. Aim for thinning to the consistency of whole milk, or a little bit thicker House paint is nice to use because you can get the paints mixed to the colors you want, without having to try and mix a large batch from a limited selection. Also, I would suggest stretching the fabric on a wooden board and then apply gesso. It will want to shrink, so ensure you are generous with the staples. It would be best to kee…

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    Without knowing the too much about the project, it's hard to give insightful advice, but below are some things that might make it easier:I would suggest water based paints. Acrylic will work, but I would often use latex house paint and thin it with water. Just be careful. Latex house paint can't be thinned as far as artistic paint. If you thin too far it will look chalky when it dries. Aim for thinning to the consistency of whole milk, or a little bit thicker House paint is nice to use because you can get the paints mixed to the colors you want, without having to try and mix a large batch from a limited selection. Also, I would suggest stretching the fabric on a wooden board and then apply gesso. It will want to shrink, so ensure you are generous with the staples. It would be best to keep it stretched while you are painting. If you need to remove it from the board so you can place it on the display, wait until it dries completely.If you like using airbrush to create a sky, you can get inexpensive airbrushes and compressors at the big home improvement stores. I used to use auto body airbrushes. Thin the paint to a milk consistency and it should go through just fine.

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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess

    I'm not sure what you mean. You are correct that pawns do not change color when being promoted, but I thought that was clear in the illustration that is with the pawn description.

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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess

    Yes, the rook can move as many places as you like in a straight line until it is either blocked by a friendly piece or takes an opponent piece.

    The pawn is promoted to any other piece type, except king. Then the promoted piece remains in play.

    Yes, the Knight will jump over any number friendly and opponent pieces on it's move

    By moving in a straight line until it comes into contract with an opponent piece. Then it lands on the square occupied by the opponent piece and the opponent piece is removed from play.

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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess

    Actually, that is not correct. Taking the opponent's piece that has your king in check is a legal move.

    Good point. It is not clear in the description.

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  • Simple and effective. In my opinion, the best kind of Instructable.

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  • Great idea. Thank you for posting this. A simple and elegant solution.

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  • blksheep commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Very nice write up and finished product. I have used elastomeric roof paint on pvc to create wood textures before. Fast, but not as convincing close up, nor as durable

    It's a thick paint that becomes like a thin rubbery membrane when it dries. The stuff I found was used in roofs to improve water tightness. You can put on a bunch of layers and it becomes like a sheet of rubber. Pretty cool stuff. Found it at the big box home improvement stores.

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