additive primaries

Carl and Karin Larsson reading with sculpture and artwork.

Karin acted as a sounding-board and critic for Carl’s work, in addition to being his primary model. She designed and wove a large amount of the textiles used in the house, embroidered, and designed clothes for herself and the children and furniture. The style in which the house was decorated and furnished to Karin’s designs, depicted in Carl’s paintings, created a new, recognisably Swedish style.

Drybrushing to add details to faux fur

Drybrushing is a great alternative or compliment to airbrushing that everyone has access to! Its easy, and gives you very similar results on faux fur, for nicely blended colors and transitions for natural-looking fur patterns.

First and foremost you want a stiff-bristled paintbrush that has relatively short, thick bristles. Here’s a close-up of my favorite one for drybrushing. 

Also pictured in the background: Acrylic paint, scrap of fur to test on, project you want to paint, and a surface to mix paint on. If you are trying this project at home, you will also want a pet slicker brush to comb out your fur as you go.

Mix your acrylic paint with no additional water, the primary tip for drybrushing is the paint remains dry! Dry out your brush bristles with a towel if you need to change colors, too.

Pull your paint onto your brush to thin out the quantity of paint on your bristles. You only want to get a little bit of paint clinging to the brush bristles.

Use your scrap fur to get the right ratio of paint on your brush! This is also GREAT PRACTICE!!! Take this opportunity to get your color mixing matched up just right, you can see my first attempt (left) was a little too orange, so I toned it down in the 2nd try (right). 

Note: In this photo I started applying paint at the bottom where the paint is thicker. As the paint spreads out on the brush and the fur it becomes the perfect ratio to apply to fur to blend it in! Always do a bit of dabbing on nearby scraps before you take it to your final project so you don’t apply too much. Layering many light layers with this technique is the way to go! Light layers of paint preserve the original fur texture the best!

Use puffs of your breath (or a comb, brush, etc) to part the fur and begin at the base of your marking change where you want it to blend. Then allow your paint to get thinner and thinner as you blend your layers outward.

Use a slicker pet brush, in a normal fashion, to fluff out your fur to see how your colors lay and separate the fur fibers. You’ll know right away if you need to add more layers of paint to make it more obvious! Many light layers are the key to beautifully blended drybrushed fur.

Even a subtle amount of paint drybrushed on fur between markings can soften an otherwise hard edge! I just wanted a little bit of blending (after drybrushing shown in the top) for my set of paws (before drybrushing shown on bottom).

Use this technique anywhere you want your character’s markings to blend in, or as an accent! Try it on fleece, or other fabrics, too! Once dry, acrylic paint can fade through friction or from scrubbing during washing, but it does bond quite well with the plastic faux fur fibers and does last and looks great for accents and shading even through the test of time! 

Alright, my discourse battery has run down.  But I still feel like rambling into the void, so I’m going to talk about my a/b/o AU.

In the world I’m creating, there are Humans and there are Weres.  They are different species, but close enough genetically that they can breed with each other.  In fact, it is commonly thought that the existence of Betas came about because of mixing the gene pool between Humans and Weres.  You know how we can do DNA tests and find out where our ancestors are from?  Sometimes a “Human” will get one done and find out they’re actually part Were and just never presented as an Alpha or Omega.  The more humans in their ancestry, the less likely any of their offspring will develop any Were characteristics.  “Betas” are usually Were/Human offspring who don’t present as Alpha or Omega, but because their ancestry is known, they’re labeled as “Betas” instead of “Humans”.  

In addition to having primary and secondary genders, Weres are stronger than humans, and and have sharper, longer canines, and thick claw-like nails.  They have heightened senses, most notably their sense of smell, which they can use to communicate.  Some Humans think they have psychic abilities, but it’s really just that Weres can tell so much from what they smell.  Even what they smell from Humans, although the scents are fainter.  Betas have the heightened senses, but if a Beta and a Human mate, their offspring will have weaker senses, and so on and so forth until eventually down the line, they are the equivalent of Humans.

Weres don’t shift.  The idea of shifting is mythical.  Some Weres don’t believe the ability ever existed, and some believe that it was bred out of them by interbreeding with humans over thousands of years.  However, they do still feel the affects of the full moon.  Most mated pairs will go into heat/rut, and unmated Weres are more frisky, even if their heat or rut doesn’t coincide with the full moon.

Because heats and ruts are monthly, it’s not as painful and traumatic as what I see in other fics, but heats are still pretty fucking unpleasant and most Omegas take the time off to lock themselves away.  They can function through it, but they don’t fuckin’ want to.  (Although they definitely want to fuck.  I think I’m funny lol).  Alphas can still be asshole knotheads when they sense an Omega in heat, but it’s the 21st century and Omegas are protected by law.  And most of modern society is horrified by the idea of heat sex without consent.  The system isn’t perfect, but it’s not a rape culture.  

When it comes to breeding, there are many pairings that work with each other.  The only ones that cannot become pregnant are Alpha and Beta males, and the only ones that cannot impregnate are Beta and Omega females.  This means you could have Alpha Female pairings that can impregnate each other and Omega Male pairings that can impregnate each other.  Those two particular genders are suuuuuuuuuuuuuper rare though.  Most of the time you’ve got your Alpha and Beta males and your Beta and Omega females.  An Alpha Female and an Omega Male might be as rare as a Human born with albinoism or heterochromia.  

Because there are more Humans populating the world, and they seem to breed out the animalistic traits of the Weres, there are many Weres that believe that it’s the duty of Alphas and Omegas to only breed with each other to keep the bloodlines pure.  In the last century there have been several Were religions popping up that teach the importance of the “correct” types of pairings.  There are even some extremists who believe that if enough offspring are born of the “correct” pairings that eventually Weres will regain the ability to shapeshift.  These people usually start cults and are kind of scary as fuck.  No one really likes the fanatics, and they usually retreat into compounds and live away from society. 

As a general rule, Weres are less concerned with the primary gender of partners, as long as the pairing can produce Were offspring.  But for the most part, they’re chill with any pairing, even if they might look down their nose at “non-breeders”.  Humans still believe in the gender binary, and sometimes there are clashes between species over gender rights because of their different beliefs.

Anyway, I don’t know how much of this will actually end up in the story.  Probably very little of it.  But this has all been rolling over in my head for months now, and I felt like sharing :)

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Shoot Line Analysis Index Post

This means that 55.96% of their lines are shared categories. Root says more lines in Root-exclusive categories, while Shaw is the opposite. As you can see, Shaw also has more default fallbacks, while Root varies her responses a little more, reflecting how Shaw is secure in her self-identity, where Root adapts her speaking style to the situation. In addition, primary Shaw responses are geared towards skipping verbal foreplay, whereas Root obviously likes extending conversations where she has the upper hand, holding back on the flirting and condesension if necessary.

Equally notable are the categories at the bottom of each list.
The rarest Root categories are of her speaking without subtext, when she’s not expositting about plot. Equally rare is her ever giving a straight-forward good-bye, as noted by Harold in Prophets when she tried to push those duties (with regards to Shaw) onto him.
Shaw’s rarest categories here are truly notable, in that it could be easily imagined that they’re far from rare in her interactions with any other characters. She’s enigmatic and vague to Finch, sarcastic with Fusco and Reese, and even flirty in a self-satisfied way/affectionately condescending in her responses. (a la her infamous “3 nights of fun” speech) Obviously, the “flirty inquiry for information” and “threat of self-sacrifice” really stand out as outliers to her normal behavior, and both came from her desperation to find out Reese’s location in “The Devil You Know.”
The one instance of “hostile defensiveness” was her “DON’T talk about my father in Mors Praematura,” and thus the only time Root has really crossed a personal line of hers.

The enneagram types of your caretakers and their effect on you

This post demonstrates how different parenting styles (active, responsive, and neutral) can affect the enneagram types of the children being raised. This theory does not seem to hold up with all individuals, which I believe can be attributed to the fact that the child’s life and environment are also a factor in what enneagram type they develop into. However, I have found that by adding a secondary style in addition to the primary style can allow you to explain your core type, and your tritype. 

For example, my friend @impwr had three caretakers as a child: Her mother (neutral/active), her grandmother (responsive/neutral), and her father (neutral/responsive). She is active/neutral. Her enneagram tritype is 8w7 4w3 5w4. 

Secondary active + primary active -> 8
Primary responsive + secondary responsive + primary active -> 7
Primary neutral + primary neutral + secondary neutral + primary active -> 4
Primary neutral + primary neutral + secondary neutral + secondary neutral -> 3
Primary responsive + secondary responsive + secondary neutral -> 5

The last factor in the equations is the child’s style. 

All of these types make up her tritype. The additional type that can be created is 9, because secondary active + secondary neutral -> 9. We could say that she had the potential to be types 4, 7, 3, 8, 5, and 9, in that order of likelihood. Because she had/has low levels of the responsive style, types 1, 2, and 6, which are all dependent on the child being responsive, were never possible. 

This same system functions when applied to me. My tritype is 5w4 8w7 3w4. My father is Active/Neutral, and my mother is Responsive/Active. I am neutral/active.  

Primary responsive + primary neutral -> 5
Primary active + secondary active + secondary active -> 8
Primary responsive + secondary active -> 7
Secondary neutral + primary neutral -> 3
Secondary neutral + secondary active -> 4

And the additional type is 9, because primary active + secondary active + primary neutral -> 9. Therefore, the types I was able to develop into were in decreasing order of likelihood: 5, 9, 8, 3, 7, and 4. All of these types, with the exception of 9, make up my tritype. Again, types 1, 2, and 6 were never a possibility once my styles were set. 

Based on my childhood, it makes a lot of sense that I would become a 5. My theory is that your parent’s styles interacting with your styles produce possible types, and from there your childhood takes over. In some cases, it’s possible that the childhood of an individual could override the parents. For instance, a primary or secondary active child with two parents without primary or secondary active styles may very well develop into an 8 if their environment is “active.” If anyone would like to attempt to corroborate this theory, please do so.