q tips and their uses

BUDGET WITCH DIY

I made a post about this awhile ago on another blog but I deleted, it seemed to really help people though so I’m posting it again. If you’re in need of vials or containers of some sort you can use nail polish bottles! Like the one above which I find pretty convenient and cute looking~ 

 What you have to do: 

Get some nail polish that’s either almost gone or completely, get some nail polish remover or alcohol-based product, rinse out nail polish with remover, use a Q-tip to get out the small bits, and voila! This is a pretty convenient way to get a little glass bottle to store something or make charms without having to go out and buy one. It’s also good to reuse your bottles when you’re finished with the polish. 

 *You can use nail polish that’s not empty but I don’t recommend it since that will waste product.

Tips For Clear Skin
1. Wash Your Face: Always wash your face before bed! If you’re not washing away all the dirt and sweat from the day, you’re asking for a breakout. Stash cleansing wipes on your nightstand for nights when you’re too tired to move.
2. Face Mask: Whip up a spa-worthy mask right in your own home using strawberries and yogurt to help smooth bumps and unclog pores.
3. Spot Treatment: Before bed, use a spot treatment containing a combination of sulphur and salicylic acid. After cleaning your face, use a Q-tip to apply a spot treatment directly to any budding blemishes.
4. Use a Clay Mask: The ingredients will penetrate deep into your skin and clean out excess oil and bacteria. This can also double as an exfoliator to open pores and get rid of the gunk clogged inside!
5. Don’t Pick It: Whatever you do, resist the urge to squeeze. It is tempting to pick and pop at a pimple, but that can lead to permanent scarring and further breakouts.
6. Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is famous for treating wounds and scars and also acts as a remedy to rid of acne fast. Apply Aloe Vera juice or gel on spots and let dry for about one hour before washing it off with warm water.
7. Steam It Out: Put your face over a bowl of boiling water and let the steam moisturize it for two to three minutes. This helps in removing dirt, dust and oil from the pores of the skin without aggravating pimples.
8. Aspirin Or Baking Soda: Dissolve an aspirin in a little water and then apply the paste to the spot for no more than five minutes. The reason this works is that aspirin and baking soda contain the same acid that many acne treatments use to exfoliate dry skin and decrease redness.
9. Ice It: Rub an ice cube all over the area for about two minutes before applying an acne cream or a DIY face mask.

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Quick and easy skin texture/freckles tutorial

What you need:
Pastels, old toothbrush, q-tip, brush for mixing, patience

  1. Our vict- eh, head that needs freckles.
  2. Scrap some bits off of your pastel stick (the finer, the better). I’m using Schmincke soft pastels (Burnt yellow ochre H plus Pouzzuli earth D). Add water, mix everything. Dip the toothbrush into the mix.
  3. Flick the brushes onto a paper towel, to get it a bit less watery. Its not a must, but if you’re using that technique straight onto the head, you a) don’t know how vibrant the colors are and b) will get big blotches. and you’ll want small dots for a (semi-) realistic look.
  4. Flick the toothbrush bristles over the head/areas you want to add freckles/textures on.
  5. Use a q-tip to remove dots that you don’t like. Since they’re wet, its easy to remove them.
  6. Repeat 4 and 5 until you like it. Take some time between layers to let them dry; yo can also vary the colors you’re using.
  7. Tadaa! Done.


Tips:
▸Don’t do it as I did it -after- you’ve done details like eyebrows/lashes, but before, otherwise you’ll layer the dots over the details.If you want to do it after the detaisl, remember to seal everything before the freckles/texture, so you don’t accidentally remove details when removing small dots with the q-tip.

▸Be aware that even though you can remove dots when they’re dry, they will leave some kind of very faint blushing.

▸Work form a very light color to heavier colors. Pastels mostly look more vibrant when freshly sprayed onto a head, but dim a bit down when drying.

▸On dark heads/tan dolls - freckles will appear faint when dry (even if you’re using dense dark colors), but they WILL pop up after you sealed them. Also applies to some extend on NS/WS heads, just not that obvious.

two shadows

used condoms, q-tips on the ground

i saw venus in white furs standing on one of my dreams

the marquee lied, the show wasn’t free

sick lost boys and a ghost at the graveyard, something borrowed now returned

it’s peter pan’s funeral and we all felt the misery

i wasn’t invited but i showed up anyway

they buried his body at noon

erected a monument at 3, amongst a plethora of dying trees all covered in fungus and moss

some dogs gathered behind the fence and howled a eulogy for him

i was one of the dogs

dust

a few people now have asked me about the secret to keeping the tiny bits of dust and lint off your work and the secret is:

60% of my time is spent picking out those little pieces of dust off with a pin or a razor. 

it helps to wipe down the surface you’re going to use/all tools with 70% rubbing alcohol and to keep scrap clay nearby to roll between your hands before you touch anything you’re working on. if your piece is smooth you can use a q-tip and more rubbing alcohol to clean it when you’re done (though it might smear the colours and if you use too much it will dissolve a bit of it)

if you see lint get it off your piece asap before it gets worked into it, working with a good bright light helps. darker clay hides the dust better than white or translucent if you don’t want to bother…

also try touching your pieces as little as possible, i stick my flat ones to a small square of wax paper so i can pick it up work on it without touching it with my fingers like so:

My keloid/piercing bump cure!

So I’ve had a keloid above my nose piercing for about 6 months but i never worried about it because I had a stud and I ignored it because I thought it would go away. Then the stud fell out and i had to get it re-pierced and had a ring inserted and that keloid looked huge and ugly and red so here is what I did to get rid of it in 4 days. It just peeled off with dead skin to reveal nice fleshy skin and no bump.

1) clean out piercing with warm sea salt solution about every 4 hours. Apply light gel moisturizer if area becomes dry

2) after cleaning, apply an oil mixture of 1 part coconut oil, 1 part almond oil and a dash of tea tree oil. (I mixed a small amount in a little cup). Apply using a q-tip and massage the keloid gently with the q-tip to spread out the tissue

3) crush 2 asprin tablets and a little bit of salt with a few drops of water until it becomes a paste. Apply the paste on top of the oil with the other side of the q-tip all over the area and let it dry.

4) repeat about every 4 hours during the day and leave the whole thing over night then wash it in the morning. It should begin to shrink, and the dead skin may shed right off taking with it the little brown keloid.

*If the piercing bump is very irritated and you feel too much pain, apply the oil and asprin less often and use a chamomile tea bag soaked in hot water as a compress after washing out with sea salt

** this also works with pimples minus the sea salt cleaning!

Ava DuVernay and “No Permission” Filmmaking

Selma director Ava DuVernay’s “Don’t Ask for Permission” philosophy to making films is well-embodied in her creative output. One may find the inspiration needed for starting an artistic career or fueling it through DuVernay’s own story which establishes that a rebellious attitude can still lead to beautiful aesthetics and emotionally captivating stories that engage viewers to the deep realities that surround us. As a creative, she inspires us to march towards the career paths we seek, and as a filmmaker, she inspires us to push filmmaking towards that golden revelation of art: it ought to shed light on our human experiences and reveal, in its reflection of ourselves, truths. Tribeca presents an essential one-hour interview with film director Ava DuVernay by hip-hop pioneer Q-Tip, in which the director motivates us to pursue our artistic destinies because, truth be told, if you are a true artist, an artistic existence is inevitable.

On Hollywood’s Gender Bias and Not Waiting for Permission

Among the filmmaking gems Ava DuVernay offers to filmmakers and artists, a vital one is her insistence on not waiting or asking for permission in order to pursue your creative endeavors. There is nothing to ask permission for, don’t ask for permission. Half of us are waiting for permission; someone to say okay, someone to say do it, someone to say that is a good idea, someone to give you the money, someone to give you the resources. That’s all working from a permission-based way. When I just decided I’m just going to work with what I’ve got and give myself the permission, then it really started…Once I started, I never stopped, but the starting was the hard part–just beginning with what you have…That’s the biggest tip: is to start. It may not be the dream project, it may not be perfect. Begin. Whatever it is. If it’s the writing, if it’s the acting, if it’s the directing, producing, whatever it is that you wan to do, just get started. To wait for the perfect conditions in order to work as an artist entails waiting a long time only because “the right time” truly never exists. Whether factors outside of our control or internal ones that challenge our sense of self, there can always be something that convinces us to wait just a little longer. To be an artist means to make art, and so it is necessary to see “the right time” as simply being the moment you choose to take action.

Even a baby step towards your creative career is a step in the right direction. What is important is to keep on the path despite obstacles, to continue taking steps in order for your work to evolve as well as your artistic personality because once your artistic personality begins to shine a brand is projected, and, hopefully, it attracts business which in turn transforms you into a professional. Again, for this to become a reality, action must be taken and maintained and continued. As DuVernay suggests, My motto is “Stay Shooting, #StayShooting.” If I could tattoo it, I would, but my mom said no more tattoos. I’m always shooting. There’s not been, since I started shooting, any period of inactivity in general–there might be gap in films–but I’m doing TV or I’m doing a doc, or I’m doing a commercial, or I’m doing a video. Constantly shooting is what the goal is. I started as a publicist in the industry, so I was a publicist for a lot of filmmakers, and I would see the struggle, especially for black filmmakers or people of color in general, and definitely women and definitely women of color, this period of inactivity, or this moment of trying to figure out once you did it, how you do it again within the construct of the industry. And so for me, I made my first feature film when I was 38, so it’s never too late. I just started from the outside. I never started to work within the industry, within the architecture of the industry as we know it, so I didn’t come up to a lot of resistance because I found my people and I started making films in my own space, in my own way. Now eventually those start to intersect with the industry.

On Black Complexities in Music and Film

Sooner or later, the progression of yourself as an artist reveals a unique voice to the audience. Through three films–Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen established a poetic handling of socially impacting film stories. The same goes for Ava DuVernay. Like McQueen and DuVernay, the great filmmakers reflect their own artistic personalities onto the screen. They pursue projects that not only challenge them but that speak to them, as if showing that they have a duty to express their inner worlds, to put on the screen the films they want to see. DuVernay explains, What my mission is in all of my work, truly, is to magnify the magnificence of Black people, which is basically a longer way to say that Black Lives Matter…If we don’t do it, who’s going to do it? If the woman filmmaker doesn’t take special care of the women characters, who does it because it’s not going to be the man? If the Black filmmaker doesn’t take special care of it, who’s going to do it? It’s not going to be the filmmaker who doesn’t know it. There are some instances where special things shine through, but, overall, I feel that it’s no one else’s responsibility to make the things that I want to see. It’s my responsibility, and if I want to see them, then I need to make them, if I’m able, and I am, so I do. As a filmmaker, it is a tremendous decision to take on a project since filmmaking is a time-consuming art form. For DuVernay, it is essential to be in a happy marriage with your vision.

The question for the artist will always be “Is it worth it?” In pursuing a career as an artist, it is necessary to distinguish between projects that are made for you and that are not made for you. DuVernay sheds light on this so well: Something about the energy with which a film is made is felt by the audience. You can tell what is made with joy, passion, with the spirit. Why is joy, passion, and filmmaking with the spirit so important? Because the filmmaker is not just directing a film but also directing the experience of making a film.

On Spike Lee and Being Pigeonholed by Hollywood Post-Selma

More filmmaking gems abound Tribeca’s presentation with Ava DuVernay. From surrounding yourself with creative energy and people, to accepting your writing process even if that means embracing procrastination, or learning how to avoid being pigeonholed as a filmmaker and taking on projects that reflect your interests and passions, DuVernay will inspire every filmmaker and artist viewing this one-hour interview. Enjoy!

Ganondorf Cat Cosplay tutorial Part 2!

With Fabrication done it was time to get painting and detailing done. Everyone has their own way of sealing foam up, Personally I use a spray paint black primer and do 2-3 layers.

Normally after that I use model paint acrylics but because of the details on the paint job I added a silver spray paint base. It was a good call because when I made a mistake with the acrylics not only could I fix it with a wet q tip, I could also use the q tip removal to do the actual detailing on smooth edges.

I would later glue tinted fabric to hide these edges

For the cracked chest I taped the underside with several layers of clear packing tape and then poured yellow resin on top carefully moving it around to fill the gaps. Once it dried I was able to peal the tape off from the underside creating the effect.

Most of the gold effects I actually used a gold flake pen for. You can find them near the spray paint in most stores. First time using one so I had to go back over with a little silver to fix the mistakes you see here. But the gold flake pen worked better than expected over the paint.

Next came the gold edging. I’m a big fan of using 3d puff paint (t shirt paint) for these. The bottles usually allow you to do lines fairly well and the paint remains malleable for a bit allowing you to go back over it (Next to it with careful force) with a small tongue depressor to smooth edges.

I still hate my paint job on the cracked breastplate. But the other turned out pretty well. Puff paint for edging and acrylics for the middle.

For the Gerudo fabric I took some white fabric scraps I had and sewed them together and turned them inside out to be long strips. Then I took some earl grey tea, and used the used the tea bag to stain each strip twice. Allowing them to dry in between staining. Tea coloring can’t be beat for that weathered look on fabric/parchment.

I went back to the puff paint for the designs after fabric gluing the strips into the design I needed. However I applied the puff paint with a paintbrush instead of pushing it out allowing for a flat design that still pops. You need to clean your brush immediately if you do this or you’ll really hafta scrub it to clean it later as puff paint likes to stick in the bristles. But its an effective application method.

Skip forward a bit applying the puff paint edging to ALL (Frickin heck) pieces I added small gems I bought and glued them on before taking the puff paint and dabbing small drops all around them for the flowered effect. (They sink as they dry). This shot was done before applying that to the front 2 gems.

Having tested out the fitting of the leather underneath it was time to glue both the leather and the fabric on to the shoulder piece. I used fabri-tac glue after roughing up the leather a bit for a better hold.

Also took this moment to finish the back detailing. Dammit almost none of you get to see this but I know its there!

The details of the cape was going to be too much to duplicate freehand for me… so I made a stencil… 

The circle was for reference.

I needed to secure the stencil more before using the gold spray paint. However I would go back later with black puff paint and sharpen all the edges of both sides of the spray job. Turned out better than I had hopped in the end, and saved a ton of time.

I would fade the edging of the puff paint better with another coat.

time to focus on the undershirts. A child’s sweatshirt turned into the top armor, I doubled over some fake fur and rolled the edge before sewing both on and then sewing the red thread that is present on the sleeves.

Velcro is your friend! The Armguards attach directly to the Gerudo cloth which was sewn unto the undershirt. Its a fast way to add them as the last piece of armor without needing to ‘attach’ anything around your cat’s (Pets) sensitive legs.

Both shirts done. The longsleeve goes on first with the sweatshirt on over.

The neck piece has a simple piece of elastic in the back. It was more comfortable for the cat than attaching it to the breastplate properly so this decision was made even if you can see fur on some pictures.

Next we did a test fitting to see the placement of the velcro for the chest piece…

and also the velcro placement for the shoulder piece to latch unto.

Once we had that all figured out and the velcro secure. I attached the cape to the leather under the shoulder as I had left a small piece near the collar not glued down.

Finally was sewing the eyebrows unto the wig. I pulled wool yarn apart and styled it around strings to make the rolled hair look. Each strip of hair attaching to a thin piece of foam. For the sideburns I rolled pulled yarn around with glue on the foam. Then I glued the loose fur on the backside and pulled it back in a flair. Afterwards I made a head harness with elastic and leather that glued on under everything securing solidly. 

There is a plastic jug side holding the painted foam in place with the edges sewn unto the base. the metal rods actually hold both sides and are secured via the head harness that was glued on. Each gem was sewn to the chain and then hand sewn to the wig after being attached to the large gem.

The eyebrows are connected via a small piece of thread for easier posing.

It slips right on over his chin and ears, you hafta fix the whiskers immediately but I gave his ears plenty of room so it wont irritate him.

And there you have it. A truncated 2 part tutorial of the process we went through to bring you all “Ga’nyan’dorf”

This is super helpful for applying false eyelashes! Taking a small pointed brush, dab it in a little glue and apply it at your lash line but wait 30-40 seconds to let the lash glue get tacky and then stick the falsies to it and then just press something against it to make sure it stays in place (in the picture they use a q-tip cut in half)

i sort of maybe cut my upper thigh and i was wondering if anyone can tell me if i cleaned it correctly? i used hydrogen peroxide on a q tip and soap and water

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Commander Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey) - pencil sketch

And it’s finally done! Phew! Wow! This one took me sooooooo much time because I was very…. very…. very lazy :P But, well… here it is.

This drawing is in A3 format. I used mostly very soft 8B pencil with a little bit of 2B & 3B harder ones. Shading was tricky, but I used cosmetic wipes and q-tips to do it…… Hope You like it as much as I do :)

Call Center

Columbus, OH USA

(I’m nursing a sore throat, so I bring some honey in to work with me one day.)

Coworker: “Are you gonna put that honey in something to drink?”

Me: *joking* “No, I put it in my ear.”

Coworker: “What? Why?”

(I think he’s just playing dumb, so I play along.)

Me: “Because it helps sore throats.”

Coworker: “No way…how?”

(At this point, a call interrupts us. I’m pretty sure that either he’ll understand it was a joke or someone will set him straight. But then, a few hours later…)

Coworker: “Seriously, do you use a Q-tip to get it in there, or what?”

Me: “No, I just use one to get out the excess honey.”

Coworker: “But seriously, how does that work?”

Me: “You just pour it in and it soothes everything.”

Coworker: “Wow!”

Me: *laughing uncontrollably*

Coworker: *feeling dumb* “Oh.”