corgibatch asked:

You look really good in your Selfie, and that lighting is so cool! How did you do that?

Thank you! (For reference: this selfie)

Above is what my setup looked like. I half sat/half squatted on the corner of the desk, with my face beside the iPhone propped up on the music stand. Totally makeshift, and there are probably easier ways, but I don’t own studio equipment sooo

How to create your own DIY multicolored light portrait 

  1. Gather your materials. Camera, tripod, solid backdrop (dark sheets work well), whatever furniture or books you need to get the light in the right place, light sources (Get creative! You can use neon wallpapers on laptops, colored lightbulbs, lamps with colored shades… at one point shooting I even tried putting an iPhone flashlight behind a Windex bottle, which resulted in a bunch of really cool blue watery shadows)
  2. Play some sick jams. To get in the selfie-taking mood ;)
  3. Find a dark room. We don’t want the colors to be overpowered by any boring white light.
  4. Set up your camera and tripod. Lenses in the 50mm-75mm range are good for portraits. If you don’t have a DSLR, you might be able to do it with the camera on your phone, but you will have to make sure your backdrop is wide enough to cover the scene, since phone cameras use wide angle lenses and will include a lot of things in the frame!
  5. Set up where you’ll stand. Position yourself some distance from the backdrop, 6 feet should be good (we want the camera to blur the backdrop which won’t happen if you stand too close)
  6. Adjust your camera settings. Since the room is very dark, we want to use a wide aperture, something like f/2.5. We also want our ISO high enough so we don’t get motion blur. I used ISO 800. Also, the camera will try to brighten the dark room by making the shutter speed longer, which we don’t want! Adjust your manual exposure down a few stops, to compensate (I used -1.3). You can also set your white balance in camera (since all the colors will probably confuse the sensor), but if you don’t, it’s not difficult to fix in post.
  7. Learn to shoot manual? If you don’t know what any of this camera jargon means and you always just shoot on automatic mode, go and watch Mike Browne on YouTube. Seriously! A year ago I didn’t know the first thing about cameras or photography.
  8. Set your focus. Place something (a friend, a tall lamp, whatever…) where you want to stand. Go to your camera and make sure the center is in focus, the background is blurred, and there isn’t anything in the frame that you don’t want. Optional: Flip from autofocus to manual to prevent the camera from hunting on every shot. If you do this just make sure to stay in the exact position you focused on, otherwise you’ll be out of focus!
  9. Selfie away! Everything should be set at this point! If you have a remote trigger for your camera, you can use that, otherwise you can set a timer or trade off with a friend taking shots. ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ
  10. Protip: use a mirror. If you’re taking selfies alone, place a mirror behind the camera/tripod and turn live view on. This way, you can see yourself in the mirror and make sure your head is in the center of the frame on the camera screen.
  11. Experiment. Play around with different colors and textures! Add props, try lighting certain colors from behind, whatever you want. Make it sexy, make it funny, make it introspective… you do you ;)

A bit long, but I hope this helps!

Part 1: Taking care of your shoe :: Calf leather

Recently I have getting couple of question on how to properly taking care of your shoes and thought I will write a guide on this. This is the first time I am writing a guide like this so the content might not be as exciting as the rest of the professional guide. I thought I will write one that is based on my experience on my polishing regime through trial an error for different type of leather. Mainly calf leather, suede and cordovan shell…. by parts of article. 

Part 1: Calf leather
Part 2: Suede
Part 3: Cordovan 

The product that I have used in the guide are based on my polishing product that I have owned and might not be complete due to the vast collection of polishing product out there in the market. I mainly use the most common product to achieve my desired effect.

I also will be using my own term during the polishing guide. Feel free to ask me any questions if you need to know more about the procedure.

Keep reading

Mida võtta piknikule kaasa?

Väljas on ilmad soojaks läinud ja postkasti on ka laekunud palju küsimusi, mida võtta piknikule kaasa. Siin on mõned ideed ja soovitused, mida pakkida õues söömiseks kaasa:

  • Arbuus- arbuusi on mõnus kaua õues süüa ja see on väga värskendav. Hiljem on hea koored lihtsalt minema visata.
  • Viinamarjad kommide asemel.

  • Vedela kastme asemel hummus. Seda on hea plastikkarpi panna ning ei pea muretsema, et midagi kotis laiali läheks.

  • Värske salati segu- pane ükskõik mida soovid.

  • Maguskartuli friikad

  • Riisi/maisigaletid

  • Leivakorvikesed, kuhu sisse saad salatisegu panna

  • Paprika, kurgi ja porgandi viilud

  • Tervisliku burgeri materjal ning õues saab igaüks oma burgeri kokku meisterdada

  • Vesi teha kodus pudelisse valmis koos paari marja ja sidruniga (jääkuubikud ka, siis püsib vesi kauem külmana)

  • Isetehtud popcorn
Peale toidu soovitan piknikule kaasa võtta üks suur tekk, kus peal istuda. Kasuks tulevad veel salvrätikud, kui midagi läheb maha või on vaja nõusid puhtaks teha. Päikeseprillid ja nt joonistamismaterjal või mängukaardid tulevad ka kasuks, et oleks midagi lõbusat teha.

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hiiii guys!

lots going on lately but I didn’t want to forget to celebrate the publishing of another new picture book I did with Groundwood books: Song for a Summer Night, a Lullaby (written by Robert Heidbreder)

I’m super proud of this one, as this is my first book with a new technique: brush on paper. It was such a challenge to try something different but I am super excited with the result!

check out this quick drawing tutorial I put together.

The book is available in stores and online!


Sculpting fun at Maker Faire Bay Area last weekend.  Lots of people stopped by to try their hand at sculpting with Sculpey from sculpey-polyform​.  

Free Sculpting Tutorials for Kids!  (And Adults too!)

If you weren’t able to make it out to Maker Faire, you can still get a copy of the free sculpting tutorials I made just for the show.  Please do not modify  or redistribute these tutorials without permission.  They are for free educational use only.

How to Sculpt a Baby Dragon (Easy/Beginner Level)

How to Sculpt an Adult Dragon (Medium/Novice Level)

How to Sculpt a Complex Dragon (Hard/Advanced Level, Armature Required)

My mom is a laundry hero. She somehow came up with nine million ways to make our clothes last longer when I was a kid. Now that I have kids of my own, I had to ask her how she did it (although I’m sure she tried to teach me when I was a teen). No kidding, she said she had Laundry Recipes she’d designed over time–and they were posted on the laundry room wall in my childhood home my whole life. Apparently, I was just not very observant. I snuck-in like a stealthy ninja into her laundry room this week and copied her Laundry Recipes to Help Clothes Last Longer so I could put them on my own laundry room wall and I’m sharing them with you in a free printable!

How to make a weed pipe with literally zero preparation or planning

So, I hesitate to call this a “tutorial,” as yesterday I made the totally spur-of-the-moment decision to make my first pipe (with no actual materials on hand for said pipe construction), and I have no idea if this is actually a good way to do it. BUT it’s how I did it, and it turned out pretty well, so here goes, if any of you are interested in making a wooden pipe with random stuff in your kitchen.

Step 1: Grab a dowel.  I had one left over from building some shelves, but if you don’t, dowels are at hardware stores, and also often big box stores like WalMart, Meijer, etc.  Cut off a segment that’s a little less than twice the length of your drill bit (you can trim the length down later if you need to, but it’s good to start large.)

Step 2: select a bit the same size as your current pipe’s draw-hole and drill a hole into either end of the dowel.  One end’s for your mouth, the other’s going to be your carb.  It’s possible to free-hand this, but it helps to have a drill press to ensure that your holes meet in the middle.  If you don’t have a drill press, consider making a smaller pipe, where you only have to drill in from one end (and then you can put the carb on the side).  

Step 3: Drill a small hole in the side of the dowel until you intersect the first hole, and then pick a drillbit that’s somewhat smaller than your pipe screens.  Use it to drill a somewhat bigger, shallow hole on top of the previous one.  This is where the weed goes, guys.

Step 4:  Shape it roughly to where you want it.  I used a combination of belt-sanding and disk-sanding, but you can also carve and whittle it with a knife (or depending on the design you want, use a band saw, or a dremel, or a router, whatever, I’m not your mom.)

Step 5:  If you *do* have a belt- or disk-sander, now’s a good time to slam that puppy down and give it a flat bottom.  What’s the point of making your own pipe if it’s going to roll away and spill your weed?  Nah son, you make that thing a sitter like the weed gods intended.

Step 6:  Polish it up.  Fine sandpaper, sanding foam, steel wool, yadda yadda.  Don’t worry about getting it snorting-coke-off-a-Steinway-piano-smooth, ‘cause you’re about to fuck it up with the staining, but get it pretty smooth.  Like, popsicle-stick smooth or a teensy bit smoother is good.  Also use a variety of drill bit sizes to give your bowl some tapered shape (or if you have a conical grinder bit, use that.)

Step 7:  Pop a screen in there and use a pipe cleaner to get out any sawdust (and more importantly, steel wool dust.  You don’t wanna breathe that stuff in.)  Try to ignore the fact that your pipe now looks like a really weird tampon.  Or I dunno, embrace it, I’m not into period-shaming.

Step 8:  Put your weed in it!  Make your old pipes jealous!  Smoke it down and make sure it draws right and everything works as it should!

Step 9:  Assuming everything works as it should, it’s time to stain it.  Now, you can use a polyurethane stain or what have you, but I’m breathing out of this thing while I hold fire against it, so I wanted something less toxic.  Fortunately, I had a bottle of cheap shiraz and an old TV dinner tray on hand.  (I should have popped out the screen at this point, but I didn’t.)

Step 10:  Unfortunately, the shiraz didn’t absorb very readily when the pipe soaked in it at room temperature, so I put it on the stove and boiled it for a bit, causing it to absorb much more wine (and a wine much more concentrated in tannins and color, because the water and alcohol had partially evaporated while it was boiling.)

Step 11:  After letting the pipe dry overnight and putting it in the microwave for a few minutes, the resulting wood was a nice, dark, rich purple (remember if you use the microwave to take out your pipe screen if you haven’t already.)  Now of course, the wood fibers will have expanded while soaking, and it will no longer be smooth, but somewhat abraded-looking, as you can see below.

Step 12: So then I re-sanded it with steel wool, getting it back to a glossy smoothness.  Now, this sanding of course lightened the purple shade, but that’s why it’s important to boil the wood at length rather than just dip it in cold wine–you want those tannins to seep in there really deeply.  Again, clean the pipe thoroughly afterward to get rid of steel wool leavings.  Lastly, after sanding, I dabbed and rubbed coconut oil into the wood with my finger–it gives it a shiny, even coat, but, again, without resorting to polyurethane or similar volatile chemicals.  Nice, huh?

Stay stoney, friends.

How to know you have a crush.

Now this seems like a stupid question and unnecessary, but if you are like me you question everything you do. And adding to that you probably have or had a crush and this one came out of no where. That’s when I come in.

󾠮 Do you get self conscious when you are around him/her?

󾠯 Do you find yourself looking at him/her randomly? (enjoying the view 😉)

󾠰 If you were locked in a room with him/her, would you?
A. Forget trying to get out and start talking and enjoy the moment or
B. Try to find a way out immediately.

󾠱 Beautifully made, Amazing hair, cool sense of style, interesting mindset…did you think of them or someone else?

󾠲 Do you day dream or wish to be with them?

󾠳 Does the thought of them being with someone else make you cringe, mad, sad, sadistically happy, crazy.


Friday Night Fix: Heat Proof Complexion

We’ve shared a bold heat-proof tutorial here and a sunset-inspired Naked3 look here, but today Amanda Rodriguez, Artist in Residence, is sharing her heat-proof complexion tips that will make your makeup last all night.

Amanda contoured her eyes with Naked Basics, before using Woodstock 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and Woodstock Eyeshadow for a pop of color. She finished off her eyes layering in 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion with Perversion Mascara.

For your complexion, start off refreshing your skin with B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray (a #UDHQ favorite for reducing redness and minimizing pores).  Next, pick your complexion primer.  We recommend Pore Perfecting to take away some of the shine that tends to build up in summer months, or you can try Brightening & Tightening to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

For your summer foundation, try using Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation (Amanda is using Medium Light Warm) as an alternative to liquid makeup for great coverage and a lighter finish.

Now to a summer necessity - bronzer.  Amanda likes to use a darker shade of Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation (she used Dark Neutral) and our Naked Flushed Double–Ended Brush for a sexy, matte touch that adds just enough dimension.

Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Crush is an Amanda-favorite for just the right amount of color on the cheeks, using your fingers to add Fireball Eyeshadow as a highlighter (a Product Development favorite trick).  Finish off your look with your favorite shade of Revolution High-Color Lipgloss and All Nighter Setting Spray.

Now give your beautified face a reason to last all night -

Attention ponx who want to learn how to make bad ass patches.

So I just recorded a video explaining how I make patches and I walk you through the steps of making a patch. In this case a back patch, and I also tell some pretty good jokes.
The videos about an hour long, so I’m thinking of turning it into two videos. I know that’s a long “how to” video but I remember when I was 14 or so and wanted to start making patches all of the videos on how to do it sucked ass and just left me with more questions haha
So anyways I’m uploading that soon and it would mean a lot to me if you guys could share it and watch it haha!

Contouring with Naked Flushed

Heading out of town for the long weekend? Toss Naked Flushed in your bag for a subtle and natural contoured summer look.

We like our contouring application the way we like men –uncomplicated and fast. So today Artist in Residence Amanda Rodriguez, Artist is sharing her “I’m not getting sucked into your 29 step tutorial” bag of tricks to using the Naked Flushed palette.

1. You’ve been lied to: Highlighting is the real star of a flawlessly contoured face. It instantly puts a soft focus filter on the skin, softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and makes the skin look lit from within. On board yet? 

Apply the highlight shade from the center of the palette (Flushed Streak is my go to) along the entire cheekbone, brow bone, top of the nose, bow of the lips, and a little on the chin. For a little adventure, I like to apply all of this with my pointer and middle finger. It warms it properly onto the skin, but feel free to do what feels right for you.

2. The magic number is 3. The bronzer gets brushed from forehead to jaw in a ‘3’ that follows your hairline and dips in under your cheekbones and then again along your jaw. Feel free to go over the hollow of the cheekbone if you want a little more of a (Bowie) sculpted look.

3. Blush: the forgotten fellow in the crazy world of contouring. It ties the peaks and valleys of the face together as a unified family. Blush also brings life back to the face. A sexy afterglow without the bedhead.

Boom. Just like that you’re sculpted and transformed to the best version of yourself.

Spill it UDers, where are you taking your Flushed Palette this weekend? TGIF -