i actually made it on a canvas



 edits by me, made with canva

I decided to dig through all the lyrics sheets of some of the most popular musicals, finding the first times the titles of the musicals were stated. It was actually challenging, surprisingly, for some of the plays where the title isn’t actually said in the songs that much.  But I made some pretty edits, and had a lot of fun with it. I also did one for Pippin, Sound of music and Gigi but. These were my favorites. 




Wow… I just checked my requests and I got SO MANY over the weekend. I’ll try to get to everyone. Please note that I have my own organizational system that’s not necessarily based on how long ago you requested, but I won’t make you wait too long.

This is one of the common ones. I actually made these on Friday and never got a chance to upload them.

I have some Les Mis ones halfway done. I’ll upload In the Heights in a minute (ha, wasn’t even requested, just love it), and I’ll work on Great Comet, more Hamilton, and another Spring Awakening tomorrow.

People have also asked what I use to make these. I use Canva, which is incredibly easy and free. I also get all images that I don’t credit from there, too, which is a nice library.

to everyone that suffers from sketchbook anxiety

Let me tell you two things that cured the ‘oh no i’m going to ruin this’ that stems from new sketchbooks / blank canvas.

Fuck it up intentionally

This I learned from my painting professor in college.  He had us blindfold ourselves, and then actually really mess up a perfect blank page, and then use it for the exercises that day.  Like we tore into the paper, made some horrible uncoordinated marks.  We even spit on it.  I highly recommend doing this at least once, because it helps dismantle some of the weird perfectionist hangups that a lot of us put on paper.  Helps get rid of the worry of messing up its perfect potential..

Basically if you’re so worried you’re going to mess it up, mess it up intentionally first so you take back control from the floaty head space anxiety gives us, to your hands and actions.

Buy a shitty ass sketchbook.  

Get one of those sketchbooks made for like 5 year olds that hang out in convenience/drug stores by those wonky ass crayons that never color right.  The type that you touch the paper and know it’ll eat a marker head right off. 

Whenever you look at your ‘good’ sketchbook and feel like you’re going to mess it up, use the terrible one instead.  Now you’re still working and sketching and doing with no real pressure since hey, that sketchbook was a piece of crap anyway and cost you like 5 bucks.  My shitty sketcbooks have some of my favorite stuff in them since I relaxed and let myself explore.  It will also remind you why we bother with nice sketchbooks in the first place because let me tell you that paper is god awful.

A big reason why I gravitated towards digital art when I was younger was because it was almost impossible to ‘mess it up’.  Make a stupid mark? Undo.  Don’t like the initial sketch? Delete the layer.  Hate the whole thing? Don’t save it.   ((I still do all of these things, but now at a much lesser rate))

Take some of the holiness out of your tools.   Realize that its the process that matters most, and keep your eyes forward.  I think especially here on tumblr where a lot of ‘sketches’ that are more towards illustrations that happen to be in a sketchbook build up this head space that everything in your sketchbooks have to be perfect and beautiful.  Sketchbooks are your play areas, where you can fuck around at your heart’s content.   Have some fun with them.  

Hope this helps~

How to repair an underworks binder

(I’d appreciate if as many people as possible could reblog this. This is a really common problem with these binders, but I’ve never seen any posts about fixing them on here before) 

If you’ve ever had an underworks binder you’ve probably encountered the way the material starts to separate once they get stretched out. And if you haven’t yet you probably will at some point, because this is usually what does for them in the end and makes them a bit useless. Mine wasn’t actually that bad when I did this, I’ve seen them get a lot worse.

The material loses it’s elasticity so it doesn’t bind very well. 

To fix this I replaced the back panel with white four-way-stretch lycra, inspired by gc2b binders, which are made entirely of it (apart from the canvas front panel), or something similar 

I’m really happy with how this turned out. It binds better than it ever did before for me (because I got it second hand). The only thing I would say is that it’s a little less comfortable than it was before, both because it’s tighter, and also because the seams dig in a little because I didn’t sew them flat like they were before. And it took me ages to do, but that’s because I don’t have a machine so I did it all by hand. It was worth it though, because the fabric only cost £5 which is a lot less than a new binder :)

I’ll put the details of how I did this under a cut

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  • Bob Ross: There, all done - and I knew you could do it.
  • Me, teary-eyed while eating a mango on my couch without a canvas or paint brush in sight: THANK YOU.


okay so all the fandoms I’ve been in had an hospital AU minus this so I opened SAI, whispered to myself “why the heck not” and proceeded to shit on a canvas for an hour

Under the cut for explanation (I’ve done my research k) and important heads up at the end

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anonymous asked:

Hey Almond-sama! Your Shura icon that you previewed yesterday was really pretty! Could you maybe make a tutorial on how to make it? Xx ♥

     Ah, thanks Anon-san! (~ *^*)~ ofc Almond can make a tutorial if you want, tho I’m a bit of a newb at explaining these things! Plus, I only made the actual effect by random yesterday, but lets give this a go! In the end, the icon will have the same style as this one! :’D OFC u can change the colours and borders and everything~!

     Alright, so here’s my clean canvas first of all~! I always start off my icons with a base layer in this grey colour, just because it really helps keep my images pasted exactly where I want them~! Then, you’ll need two blank layers, as I’m gonna show the border making process first~! ♥

     Okay, so I picked at random a border pixel brush and it put in the top layer! You can find lots of pretty pixel border brushes on tumblr, deviantart and other websites; it’s just about finding the one that’s perfect for you~! Next, you can see there is a gap in between the black box and the border itself; what you do is you select that area in the middle, then on the layer underneath, you fill it in white, or any other colour you might fancy~! 

     After that, you can just cut the black square in the middle on the top layer and merge the two border layers together, and you have a nice border~! 

     Next it’s time for the overlay! My personal preference for this icon is a VERY LIGHT GREY like almost white but not really, on Multiply 100%, however, several other colours and settings can be used; it’s all about trying out what works for you~! Since there’s going to be a pattern overlay on this layer, if you’re making anime icons or fanart icons etc with this pattern overlay layer, I would recommend using white as the colour as it does not darken the picture whilst also providing the pattern overlay~!

     This is my most common pattern overlay setting, which is on the multiply layer we just made! Again, like the brushes, you can find loads of pretty pattern overlays on deviantart especially! I set it at overlay 70% as that’s just my preferable setting, but any overlay can work; just whatever suits you~!

   Okay, so now comes the time to put this 3d effect in! What you wanna do is duplicate the layer of your picture twice, and then turn the opacity off for the bottom and the top layer, leaving the middle one selected. There’s a good reason for this; it’ll help me show you guys how the effect actually works really nicely!

     Alright, so with your middle layer selected, go into FX > Blending Options, and then do what I’ve done in the circled area~! This will result in the image having a red tint~! You can probably predict what’s happening next~!

     Alright, so now turn the opacity on on the above layer and select it, and turn the Blending Options on again through FX. Place the settings in this one as I’ve done, ticking the green and blue boxes. This creates the cyan tone of the 3d shading.

     Now, selecting either the top or the middle layer, turn on the Move tool or the Transform tool and use the arrow keys to move it a couple of spaces left or right, depending on what side you want the effect to be most prominent on. This creates the entire 3d effect of the image. Be careful not to go overboard with the spacing, otherwise it could compromise the clarity of the image! :’D Then after, merge all 3 image layers together~! (image of your character I mean~!)

     Final step! On your image layer, grab a gradient of any colour and slap it on~! I chose a pinkish colour on the radial setting and set it a couple of times on (since putting only one didn’t give it enough colour). My preferable setting for the gradient is Screen but Lighten, Overlay, and other settings work great as well~!

     You should end up with a finished product looking a little like this, depending on what settings you decide to use~! Hopefully the tutorial was helpful, and if you have any questions, please feel free to send me an ask anytime~! (~ *3*)~ ♥

Circle Gif on Image Tutorial

An anon recently asked how I made the sidebars for blackbirdrph.  I don’t have that particular graphic saved so I made a new one that’s pretty much the same thing.  So below I’m going to show you how to make this:

You Need: Photoshop (I use CC, though any with gif making capabilities will do), 1 Background Texture, 1 Gif, 1 PNG, and 1 Misc Texture.

Difficulty: Beginner

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Hunter’s Knife [Monster Hunter]
Final Progress Report

Project complete!

All that was really left to do was to attach the “bolts” and pommel, then paint work and the handle wrap.

I made the bolts and pommel out of epoxy clay, then attached them with good old two part epoxy. After that, I sanded the handle to round the corners and make it more comfortable to hold. I redid the aluminum tape to make it wider and a bit neater, then did black and brown paint washes with acrylic paint and threw a clear coat over everything to protect the paint job.

Finally I used Super 77 spray adhesive and some white canvas…placemats? I actually have no idea what they were supposed to be, but I cut one into strips and wrapped the handle with it, finishing the piece.

Unfortunately I didn’t time myself on this project so I don’t know how long it took.


1x Panel unknown softwood (Do not use, just go with ½ inch MDF.

1x Sheet ¼ inch MDF

1x Thing of Apoxie Sculpt

1x Bottle Elmer’s Wood Glue

1x Super 77 Contact Cement spray adhesive

1x Sheet 1/8 inch hobby board (Just get thin MDF or plywood this stuff is garbage)

3x Cans of Rustoleum spray paint ( Metallic Titanium Silver, Hammered Texture Black, Gloss Ivory, Frosted Pearl Clear coat)

1x Shitload of sandpaper

1x Roll of aluminum tape


1x Coping Saw

1x Jig Saw

1x File set

1x Palm Sander

(By the way that mug has a Lagiacrus on it.)

story time: when i first started drawing i really wanted to draw dragons with biig wings but for some reason i always felt like there wasn’t enough room on the paper. i even bought A2 papers and still felt like the paper wasn’t enough but just the other day I realized that i can actually do that now since i can always just expand the canvas if i felt like it was not enough. realizing that made me unreasonably happy

My second attempt at coloring with shading and such, al-la mouse. :3

My sister likes MLP but not nearly as much as I do, but even still I wanted to make her a little something as an extra Christmas gift. I bought her a pink elephant pillowpet for her birthday because she loves elephants, so I figured I’d draw said pillowpet if he was an actual character existing in the MLP world (at least with how I see it in my headcanon). This little fellow is named Tenderheart, and he likes making others happy and lots and lots of bubbles.

I really like how it came out, although painting it made me wish I had a cintiq. ;_; Still, it was fun, and I’ll probably print it out on a canvas or perhaps as a shirt… I dunno yet. o3o

Buuuuut yeah. I just wanted to show you guys. Here’s hoping my sister likes it. ^.^

In the past when trap characters aren’t that common on RP Groups (was about 6-7 years ago when I first made her I think? Her designs aren’t this evolved yet) people were expecting her to be this cool bishonen until I revealed her gender to be female at a later date.

People were so pissed off and disappointed that they ended up hating her XD

As I drew more of her, they grew from hating her to actually loving her though pissing people off with expectation was fun at that time u u

She’s actually very dumb when it comes to romance and I doubt that she even knows what the word romance means.

Her name is Rosetta Vandino.
A flower that bloomed on the battlefield.


FINAL (that i edited a little bit more and added a texture to)

aaahhh the only fur ones i had were n/sfw stuff, so i went with megatron! i might have made too many steps,, i also tried to explain as best i could and left the layers up too
(the reason there’s so many layers and the canvas is so big is theres actually a bunch of reference images i deleted before screencapping ahaha)


Everyone’s Got Baggage

Mine Just Happens To Be Really Cute

Although this could easily be a blog post about my woes as single 30 year-old New Yorker, it’s more literally gonna be about an actual bag because, duh, it’s super cute and it’s a Friday so I’ll keep things light like the contents of my bag. This past weekend my nephew turned 2 (!!!) and like the amazing uncle I am, I made my way down to NJ to spend some quality time with the family but not without my new travel companion - this great waxed cotton canvas duffel. It made the perfect size for my overnight trip home with just enough room for an extra outfit and change of shoes. Only problem was that there wasn’t enough room to bring some of Mom’s leftovers back to NYC with me but maybe that’s more of a blessing in disguise because hiii, beach season… Anyway, aside from all it’s practically, I’m probably most impressed by the fact that this duffel matches 90% of my wardrobe so for that reason alone it will be my new go-to carryall.


Joe Fresh Jacket, Shirt, Pants  //  Tretorn x Publish Nylite Sneakers  //  Ernest Alexander Bag  //  Skagen Watch


SOOOOooOOOO I made this for a new icon but like… I went ALL OUT on it. Right down to ACTUAL lineart and little extra details. It’s even on a 40000 x 4000 canvas haha…I colored on the line art… I put so much friggan effort into this @_@ for an icon.It’s ok though, Emi needed a new reference anyway! I’m drawing her next for my reference sheet thing! She is such a little cutie ʅʕ•ᴥ•ʔʃ

Buy this image on junk from my redbubble and society 6!!! 

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