Skin tone swatches, for use as a resource. 

Spudfuzz on Deviantart made the original resource, which I modified to be a bit more realistic. She gave me permission to post this.

These swatches, like all art resources, should be used as a “jumping off point!” All colours are relative, and change with lighting conditions. As they are now, these swatches work best for adoptables, character lineups, and other art where local colour is important.

In the aftermath of Orlando,  you can get free mental health services from United -- even if you don't have insurance
Yet another example of human kindness.

UnitedHealth Group is offering free mental health services to anyone in the country who was emotionally affected by the shooting at Pulse in Orlando – even if you don’t have health insurance.

Optum will operate a 24/7 helpline, and users can speak to a trained mental health professional for as long as they need. Individuals can call toll-free at 866-342-6892. The company is also providing access to their benefits site, which contains mental health information like professional tips on how to manage anxiety.

“The helpline can be an easy, accessible way for people to reach out,” William Bonfield, chief medical officer of OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, told The Huffington Post. “It can provide support, an opportunity to talk and help a person decide if mental health treatment may be helpful.”

Please please please take advantage of this if you need it! Mental healthcare is so important but can be so freaking expensive, and processing Pulse might take a lot out of you. That’s okay – help is out there. And if you’re looking for someone LGBTQ-specific to talk to, the Trevor Project and Trans Lifeline are available for you too. 


starting a bullet journal, a guide by studypetals

hey everyone! it’s rhianne, or studypetals. i’ve gotten a lot of questions and concerns about how to start a bullet journal, so i decided to start a new one myself to show you how i set mine up!


so what’s a bullet journal?
well, it’s not an actual journal, per se, but rather a system of journaling! the “bullet” word comes from “bullet points,” the way tasks/events are jotted down in this journaling system. (source)

what is a bullet journal used for?
a bullet journal can be used as a simple planner system, but it can also be a creative way to plan your daily/weekly tasks! some people even use it as a half-scrapbook/half-planner (like me!)

what’s the difference between a planner and a bullet journal?
this is a great question i’ve gotten before. a planner already has the dates/decorated pages/etc. all you have to input into a planner is tasks and events. a bullet journal is a book of blank pages, so it allows more creative freedom than a planner does. if you aren’t patient enough for free-handing everything, stick to a regular planner. if you like having a unique journal/planner and like customizing your spreads, look into starting a bullet journal!


picture 1: material starter pack
here’s what i use for my bullet journal (aside from the decorative things like washi tape, magazine cutouts, etc.)

  • moleskine notebook, regular, squared, soft cover
  • zebra mildliners
  • pilot g-2 pens
  • muji 0.35mm pens

picture 2: cover page
i just have a cover page to catalogue what this journal has in it. you can always put anything you want on the cover page, like:

  • the semester you’re using it in
  • your name
  • “bullet journal” or “planner”
  • a simple quote
  • etc.

picture 3: index
so for my first journal, i didn’t even use an index. it’s up to you whether you want to include one or not. if you use an index, remember to number the rest of the pages after it! you can either catalogue every page after you’re done with it, or only the pages you really want to reference.

picture 4 (left): legend
this is super important, especially for a bullet journaling system! so in this particular system of journaling, each task has a bullet point next to it. the most regular one i’ve seen is a square, so that’s what i use. what the legend does is keep track of what each symbol means. of course, if you just want to fill the squares in after you complete a task, then you don’t need this. however, if you want more organization, then make up whatever symbols you need to for this part! there isn’t one concrete symbol system, so do what works for you!

picture 4 (right): testing stationery page
i like seeing what each pen/highlighter writes like before i really use it, so why not make a page for testing them! what i do is write what type of stationery it is with the actual pen/highlighter so i don’t forget which stroke is which.

picture 5 (left): favorite washi page
ahhhh one of my favorite pages. you can put your washi collection on this page, or just strips of the ones you like a lot! they can be as long or short as you want them to be.

picture 5 (right): youtube ideas! (or other filler pages)
this isn’t for everyone, of course, but it’s one that i added! i just showed it to you guys since i wanted to show the washi tape page. anyways, there are a lot of cool pages you can add throughout your bullet journal, such as:

  • books to read/movies to watch/etc.
  • life goals
  • expenses
  • favorite quotes
  • moodboards
  • class schedule/information
  • recipes
  • AU ideas (for writers!)
  • favorite art pieces
  • favorite lyrics
  • etc.

picture 6: weekly spreads
the big one! so this is what i primarily use my bullet journal for. step-by-step, this is how mine are created (but you can always make yours unique):

  1. make the title (“week #,” or something)
  2. write the days
  3. write the dates
  4. write down the tasks for each day
  5. make a section for something you have to do each day (the “essentials”)
  6. write down the extra sections (goals, important dates, quote of the week, habit trackers, etc.)
  7. decorate with washi tape, doodles, printed pictures, magazine cutouts, leaves, flowers, movie tickets, etc.

extra resources from me to you:

some bullet journal examples and blogs:

WHEW. that’s all i have for this topic (for now.) i hope any or all of this helps you guys out there wanting to start a bullet journal. if you want to make one, we’re gonna be in this together! have fun and remember the most important thing: it doesn’t have to be perfect. not all the pages are gonna be great, you’re gonna make mistakes, and some pages are just not gonna be what you wanted them to be, but that is 100% okay. just remember to have fun with it, and just.. start!

-rhianne (5.30.16+6:48pm)

Bullet Journals are a diy planning system which can be a to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary. They are exteremely versatile and customisable! There’s so much examples online I’ve condensed some helpful resources into one masterpost!


*These are only recommendations, you don’t need any of these for a bullet journal but they’re just an example of some of the stuff I use in mine!*


There are many other brands but these are the most popular in the studyblr community! Also they offer dot grid, lined and square grid paper. 




  • a ruler
  • glue
  • washi tape
  • colourful card
  • sticky notes

Page Ideas

  • word of the year/month
  • year at a glance
  • tv shows/movies/animes to watch
  • books to read
  • reading log
  • tv show season tracker
  • college applications
  • packing list
  • blog post ideas/youtube ideas
  • doodles page
  • pen test page
  • bucket list
  • handwriting practice
  • quotes of the day/month
  • pictures from the week/month
  • favourite memories log
  • gratitude log
  • grade tracker
  • music playlist ideas
  • a favourites page
  • food log
  • monthly tracker
  • yearly/monthly/weekly goals
  • things to do when you’re happy/sad
  • recipes
  • birthdays
  • favourite words in other languages
  • study/school timetable
  • outfits of the day
  • dream journal
  • washi/sticker swatch
  • online order tracker
  • budget/savings page
  • importand email addresses/phone numbers
  • passwords  page


Doodle Ideas


I hope this was useful! If you’d like to see any other specific materposts, feel free to message me!

What is Asexuality?

Asexuality is a sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality, etc., but instead of being sexually attracted to men or women, asexual people are sexually attracted to no one.  This doesn’t mean we all hate sex or avoid it, it just means we don’t find people sexually attractive.

What is the Asexuality Archive?

The Asexuality Archive is a collection of all things Ace.  In these pages, I hope to provide a comprehensive and uncensored look into what asexuality is, what it means to us and how it shapes our lives.  My intention is to provide information that is approachable and informative, whether or not you’re asexual.


What is Asexuality?:  A companion site, dedicated to providing information about asexuality in multiple formats, including pamphlets and slideshows.

Asexuality: A Brief Introduction: An informational book about what asexuality is, what it’s like to be asexual, and what people should know about asexuality.

An Asexual’s Guide To…:  A series of in-depth posts on topics that are typically wondered about, but are rarely explored in ace circles.

The Comment Section:  A series of posts that explore troublesome comments left on articles about asexuality, and tips for responding to them.

Articles and Information:

Asexuality 101

Asexuality in the World

An Asexual’s Guide To …

Ace Images

Asexual Life

Asexuality and Me

Love, Romance, and Other Relationships

Sex, Masturbation, and Other Activities

Quick Questions

The Comment Section

Ask An Ace Guy

North American Asexuality Conference


So I get a TON of requests for stuff like ear training apps and sheet music sites and music history help. So here is a GREAT BIG LIST of resources for the average music major to use as they need! I tried to find free stuff when I could - some of the apps might cost a couple dollars, but that’s all. Everything has been recommended by one of you, or vetted by me! This is cross-posted to my Resources page, too!

First seen on



Sheet music

  • IMSLP - general music archive
  • CPDL - vocal/choral music archive

Academic help



Learn an instrument

I hope some of these can come in handy for you!

Thanks to the following for submitting something for this list!

@mem1846@obsessivetenor84, @akaristudies, @rhysman4000, @howdoijennifer, @singingsimblr, @akajonesinvestigations, @perc-lobo, @1playthetuba, @mastersanddreamers, @tangerineing, @thepolyglotmusician, @akaristudies, @littlebanddirector@hollaatmahler@thehumblebard


Courses & Grammar


Media & Youtube

How to Get on Food Stamps/SNAP/EBT

i know there’s a lot of tumblr users who are struggling to feed themselves/their families so I’ve put together a resource post to help people apply for SNAP. 

What is SNAP?

  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) used to be called food stamps. It’s a USA federal program that gives money to help poor people pay for monthly food needs. It’s a federal program, meaning it’s available everywhere in the US, but it’s handled by individual state governments. EBT, SNAP, and food stamps all refer to the same thing. 

How Does SNAP Work?

  • It’s very simply. You apply online and, if eligible, you then have a phone interview where you just confirm all the info you already told them, and you usually have to show them proof of income (like pay stubs). 
  • Once accepted, you get an EBT card (it looks like a credit card) and at the beginning of every month a set amount of money is added to you account. The amount you get depends on things like income, family size, etc. 
  • You can then buy groceries anywhere that accepts EBT, pretty much every large supermarket and many smaller ones as well. EBT can only be used for “cold food”, so nothing from the hot deli section. 
  • EBT money stays in your account forever, so if you don’t spend everything this month you can use it next month. 

Who is Eligible for SNAP?

  • Eligibility is determined by considering you income, your savings, and expenses (rent, utilities). You check your eligibility here (all states) and get more info on eligibility here. The application is quick and simple. 
  • They way they calculate it is kinda confusing but you’re generally eligible if you make less than ~$1,500/month and I’d say it’s worth it to apply if you make less than ~$2,000/month (these are for single adults). 
  • You can get EBT even if you aren’t a citizen!!! 

How Do I Apply?

  • A master list of online applications for all states can be found here.

I hope this covers the basics. If there’s info that would be helpful but isn’t on here please let me know. Honestly apply even if you don’t think you’re eligible it’s very worth it. 

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anonymous asked:

do you know how to use the selective color tool? apparently if you're painting on mostly one layer, you can pick out a color and adjust that. seems really useful but I'm a dumb dumb idk how to do it.

yeah i use it to color edit my images a lot!

it’s an adjustment layer so to use it you just go down here to this thing

click “selective color…”

then you’ll get a panel that looks something like this

and in your layers panel it should look something like this
(so it affects all the layers that are under it unless it is masked or something)

there’s a tutorial that touches on how to use it here (and you can probably find a lot more if you look up something like “how to use selective color layers on photoshop”), but basically what it does is adjust a specific color in an image

eg. made reds warmer and darker

eg. made blacks cooler and lighter

i kind of just play around with the sliders until i get something i like!
it might feel kind of complicated at first but after doing it a couple times things start feeling more intuitive i think

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a graphic related photoshop resource masterpost by thatsickbeat

everything listed below the read more are photoshop resources that i’ve personally downloaded and used myself for my graphics (i’ve marked those with **) and other stuff i would recommend to use! i hope this helps :)

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Hello it’s your girl defwang back again and pulling through with the DVD uploads. Again, I’ve spent my own money buying this set and a lot of my time ripping and uploading this DVD so I’d greatly appreciate it if you would provide a credit link to this post in order to share this with other IGOT7 fans if you’ve chosen to make content out of this.

MONOGRAPH is still available for purchase on [kpoptown] [kpopmart][ktown4u] and [gmarket] so please buy the DVD if you can in order to support the boys. It’s really pretty, I promise they won’t let you down. :)

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🌏 Some Favorite Grounding Visualizations 🌏

🌺 These are some of my favorite visualizations for settling into a calm, relaxed mood.  They are adaptable for almost any kind of scenario - grounding before spellwork, divination, casting, energy work, or anything else; relaxation for falling asleep while lying in bed; relaxation/centering for beginning meditation; distraction or escapism when surrounded by everyday dullness or even chaos; or just simple enjoyment and entertainment.  The recurring theme through all of these is that they are repetitive (you can keep repeating the imagery as you lapse deeper and deeper into quiet calmness) and tactile (involving visualization for physical senses, which deeply immerses you into them).

  • Walking - Walking forward, stepping lightly, with arms slack at your sides, fingers trailing behind you as you move forward.  One step continously is placed in front of the other.  Absorb the smells and sounds and other senses of the locale you visualize yourself in, such as if you are walking in the woods or along a beach, but you can truly place yourself anywhere (including fantasy settings) and even travel from one locale to the next as you move forward.
    • When intrusive thoughts or distractions come in, imagine them as weight dropping from your fingers, being left behind on the ground behind you.  I like to imagine a bracelet I’m wearing that loses beads as I let distracting thoughts go, crashing onto the ground so heavily that they form small craters in the ground as I keep moving forward without them.
  • Floating or Flying - Similar to walking, except without moving one’s legs or being in contact with the ground.  The rushing of wind is the tactile aspect instead (or it can be a gentle breeze - you don’t have to be flying fast).  You can soar in loop-de-loops or rise up to swoop down quickly if you want some variation in your travel, or just glide peacefully over the ground and experience many of the same things you would by walking.
    • Discard distractive thoughts by imagining them being loosed from your body as you move forward, dissipating in the wind.
  • Gardening - Sit upon your knees in the soft Earth (you have no worries about staining your clothes while visualizing!), with hands and fingers working in the soil, which yeilds easily under your touch and requires no tools for manipulating.  Move along rows in this manner, poking a hole in the dirt with your finger and dropping a seed inside, then covering it again and moving on to the next seed.  You can envision “fantasy seeds” such as tiny sparkling crystals that you’re planting instead of normal seeds since, heck, you’re allowed to visualize anything.  As you move on down the garden plot, you can imagine the seeds sprouting if you like, growing into stalks that burst into beautiful fantasy flowers, and you can spend some time contemplating the patterns of their petals and the colors that they show you (think of the flowers as mandalas).
    • In this visualization, distractions and unwanted thoughts show up as weeds.  Dig your fingers under them, lifting them by the roots and find that they slide right out of the Earth with little resistance.  Simply move on to the next seed without paying the weed any thought.
  • Braiding - The repetitive hand and finger motions of tying a braid is awesomely meditative.  You can envision threads of any color or thickness in your hands, or even imagine that you are braiding the hair of a fantasy creature such as a fairy or mermaid or any character that you’d like to have present.
    • Distractions in this version are knots encountered as you braid, but a gentle pull removes them easily and there is no trace of them as you continue without sparing it a thought.
  • Sewing, weaving, knitting, crocheting - Similar to braiding in that you are making repeated motions with your fingers and the colors and textures of the materials you are working with are wonderfully up to your imagination.  Being familiar with one of these crafts outside of visualization will make this one much easier, since you can easily summon forth the sensation of muscle memory, but even if you’ve never actually tried one of these before, there can be some fun in visualizing yourself trying them and exploring what kind of muscle memory might be involved.  Distractions are removed as simple knots again.

I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting!  And just as an afterthought, the idea of each of these is to continuously repeat them until you lapse into a calm mood with minimal distracting thoughts, so that you can do whatever work you’d like to do, if that wasn’t clear!

If anyone took the time to read this then I hope they gave you some pleasant imagery to work with~  🌺

What’s Wrong With Functioning Labels? A Masterpost.

Functioning labels (claiming that some autistic people are “high-functioning” while others are “low-functioning”) do more harm than good, not just because they aren’t able to give you an accurate impression of how much support an autistic person needs - but because they’re instead mainly used to either silence or invalidate autistic people. Autistic people who speak up about the issues concerning them are labelled “high-functioning” to invalidate what they have to say as being inaccurate and irrelevant for other autistic people and so-called “low-functioning” autistic people are being silenced and spoken over because they are written off as too ‘low-functioning’ to have nuanced, relevant opinions or even communicate at all. If you have trouble understanding why it’s bad to label autistic people as either low- or high-functioning, please take the time to educate yourself with some of the many articles linked below. 

Further reading: “What is functioning labels and why are they inaccurate?”

Hello everyone! A lot of people have been asking be about how layer mask works, so I thought I’d create a really quick intro/guide to using layer masks on Paint Tool SAI! 

You can download the files here 

The file is available for free (if you enter $0 in the price!)

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message here or on twitter

Depending on how well this one does, I will make severl other guides in the future about different layer functions and such on different drawing programs! Leave a comment on the post or message me to let me know which you are interested in learning! :3

The signs and their crystals:

  • Aires - Amethyst, Citrine, Garnet, Topaz, Jasper, Jadeite, Bloodstone
  • Taurus - Emerald, Topaz, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Selenite
  • Gemini - Tourmaline, Agate, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Tigers Eye, Calcite
  • Cancer - Moonstone, Pearl, Amber, Beryl, Calcite, Opal, Rhodonite
  • Leo - Tigers Eye, Amber, Onyx, Quartz, Turquoise, Citrine, Garnet
  • Virgo - Peridot, Amazonite, Dioptase, Sodalite, Sardonyx, Sugilite
  • Libra - Sapphire, Ametrine, Apophylite, Prehnite, Sunstone, Jade
  • Scorpio - Topaz, Malachite, Beryl, Chariote, Kunzite, Turquoise, Ruby
  • Sagittarius - Amethyst, Azurite, Labradorite, Smoky Quartz, Garnet
  • Capricorn - Jet, Onyx, Amber, Fluorite, Argonite, Galena, Malachite
  • Aquarius, Aquamarine, Angelite, Chrysoprase, Moonstone, Magnetite
  • Pisces - Moonstone, Amethyst, Bloodstone, Sunstone, Turquoise