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Fighting Fake Anti-Trump News

In the interests of not spending the next four years fact-checking my own side, I would like very much if we could all exercise good judgment on what we reblog.

I’m pissed off about the trend of twitter screenshots posing as “news” with no source. I’m also pissed off about people posting their own unsourced, inaccurate summaries of something they heard somewhere. This makes us look no better than Trump supporters sharing lies on Facebook, and it often causes unnecessary fear. Here’s a guide on what I want people to do instead.

Easy Mode: If there’s no source, don’t reblog it. This requires no effort on your part, but it’s still helpful. Don’t disseminate information that could be inaccurate.

Regular Mode: Add a source. Google some key words. If it’s legitimate, you should find news stories about it. Reblog and add some source links. While I’m not a huge fan of how the mainstream media has been handling things lately, for this purpose I recommend sticking to established print media, because they have better fact-checking than Internet-only outlets and they’ve been firmer in their opposition than TV news.

If it’s not legitimate, reblog anyway and add sources refuting it. You don’t have to write up a whole explanation if you don’t want. Linking to a source with the note “This shit didn’t happen” will suffice.

Hard Mode: Question the source. If there is a source link, check it. If it’s from some outlet you never heard, of or one that you don’t feel is reputable (like, say, The Daily Mail), go see if they have sources to back themselves up. They may not. Google key words again. See if anyone else is reporting on their claims. If not, wait a bit. It’s possible they have an exclusive scoop. It’s also possible they’re fearmongering based on misunderstood or inadequate information, or they’re just flat making shit up. Don’t discount the possibility of fake “progressive” outlets run by the opposition to discredit us. And remember, The Onion is not the only parody news site out there – not by a long shot.

Again, though, if you do nothing else, stop reblogging unsourced stories. It’s already going to be a long, bad four years. We don’t need to make it worse.

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

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S I X  O F  C R O W S   →   alternative book covers (part i · part ii)

editorial magazine · vintage hardcover
decorative · handlettering
typography · penguin paperback

anger iceberg

anger is a secondary emotion, one that many people suffering from BPD experience often. but if you can stop the anger in it’s tracks, you can prevent a bad situation.

underneath anger lies other feelings such as the ones listed in the “anger iceberg”

it could be sadness, fear, embarrassment, disappointment, confusion, or loneliness. if you can identify the underlying emotion that may trigger the anger, you can learn to recognize the warning signs and stop it in it’s tracks. whether that means taking a break from the situation, gaining enough control to talk rationally about the problem with whoever you’re having issues with, or changing something in your life that causes the underlying emotion to surface.

if you’re interested, i’d recommend you print this blank iceberg image out and personalize it to your own underlying emotions/feelings. (if you can’t print it out from this post, a quick google search of “iceberg drawing” will pull up the same image)

i hope this helps at least one person out there
have a great day!

Aelin was no savior to rally behind, but a cataclysm to be weathered.


So, I’ve finally finished something.. Only took me weeks. But I tried T^T Not to mention, I dont think I’ve painted Aelin yet?

Dont mind her clothes. I am terrible with clothing my paintings.. 

Thank you to @sydney-jewel for recommending Elsa Hosk!

Prints available here x (today everything is 20% off!)

japanese-yuri-fanfic-queen  asked:

How canon are the Touhou print works? I'm nearing the end of an LP of LOLK, and am debating whether or not to read them.

It varies! Most of the manga are completely canon, like Forbidden Scrollery, Silent Sinner in Blue and Wild and Horned Hermit. Curiosities of Lotus Asia is canon. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and Symposium of Post-Mysticism are both canon, and are actual texts that exist in-universe (as part of the Gensokyo Chronicle) but written from the perspective of Hieda no Akyuu, so youkai might seem portrayed as more dangerous than they actually are (due to being written by a human). Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth is just a bunch of funny 4koma, so is probably dubiously canon and not a necessary read.

Other books, for example, the Grimoire of Marisa, are canon, but don’t contain much important information - in this case, it’s just Marisa’s descriptions of various characters’ spellcards.

If you want to know what the most important ones are, I would say:

And then also check out Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and Symposium of Post-Mysticism for more information on the characters and some interviews! The rest are probably okay to go without unless you’re curious, but they’re also good if you want to, and I would recommend them! The print works add so much to the Touhou lore, and it definitely wouldn’t be as big if it weren’t for them.

anonymous asked:

I don't know if this has been answered/asked before, but are there any recommendations on paper for printing comics? I've seen some artists make their webcomics into physical comic books, but I'm not sure what kind of paper they use to print it on and I kind of wanna try it DIY first. Thanks!

Nattosoup:  I am a big proponent of comics and minis in the artist alley, and I’ve assembled a few tutorials over the years to get people making minis!

Here’s my Small Business Saturday listing from last year, which has several of these sort of small, hand assembled books.  These are frequently called ashcans (although this draws ire from the comic community- some of the newer people feel this is insulting), minis, minicomics, or sketchbooks.   This should give you a few easy ideas for the types of mini books you can make.

  • Here’s a tutorial on printing and assembling your own mini comics.
  • Here’s a tutorial for printing your minis at home in black and white.

  • Here’s a tutorial for printing your minis at home in color.

  • And I have more video tutorials on minicomics coming up on my channel, so keep an eye on that.

  • If you browse the blog, you should find more on making and selling minis written during my time at SCAD and beyond!

And if you find this helpful, PLEASE share these resources with other artists!

Goodluck!  I am so excited that you want to sell your comics in the artist alley :3

Kiriska: If you want pro-quality printed comics, 100-80 lb text stock should be good for full color work. You can get away with 50-80 lb text stock for BW work. 

For DIY stuff, regular printer paper (28 lb text) is fine for BW work, really. There’s definitely charm in the simpler and cheaper stuff you can put together yourself without breaking your budget (zine culture in a nutshell, perhaps). You’ll probably want to go heavier for color work, but I’m not sure what a good minimum weight is since I don’t have a color printer. The main issue is, especially if you’re using an inkjet, you want the paper to be heavy enough that there isn’t color bleeding through the sheet when you print double-sided.

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More of The Last Guardian arrived today…or in this case The Great Man-Eating Eagle Toriko! After beating the game back in December, I knew I had to get the JP release along with the soundtrack. I picked both of these up from Amazon.co.jp when I noticed the game price had dropped rather significantly. I paid nearly full retail for the OST but for me personally it was more than worth it!

Honestly..if the price drops anymore, I would recommend the first print JP release for the Brutus booklet alone. The Fumito Ueda Material Book is an amazing piece to have. Brutus is my favorite JP magazine - so to have their style and presentation showcase one of my favorite Japanese VG Directors/Designers is a perfect marriage.

16 TIPS FOR USING WATERCOLOR (THE VANESSA WAY!)

The other day @noradove asked me if I had any advice for painting backgrounds or using watercolor in general.  To be honest, I’m still learning how to paint backgrounds, but I decided to compile a little list of things I’ve learned while using watercolor and gouache.  I hope some of these bullet points might be useful to others!

Like all “rules,” take these with a grain of salt.  These tips work for me – what works for you could be completely different! But check beneath the cut for some lessons I’ve learned!

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HOW TO CREATE A MINDFUL STUDY SPACE

so i see a lot of pictures of gorgeous study spaces on tumblr and they’re all perfect. but for those of us who are a bit messier, more disorganised, creating a study space that’s so pretty and picturesque might feel a bit unrealistic. but fear not! for i am here to give you a quick guide on how to create a study space that is organised and mindful. 

define: mindful means being fully aware of your surroundings and avoiding going autopilot. but it also suggests an idea of tranquillity and thoughtfulness. by a mindful study space, then, i mean creating an environment that fosters productivity, promotes thoughtfulness and creativity, and does not distract you from your work. everything should have a place, and everything has a purpose.

things that you might need:

  • some basic filing accessories, for pieces of paper and notebooks. magazine holders are good for notebooks, ring-binders and files, and you might want to get a paper-tray if you have lots of lose paper lying around. try cheap ones from Ikea, or some nicer ones from Muji. you could even make some from cereal boxes.
  • a way to store pens and pencils. there are loads of stationery organisers on amazon, or you could use glass jars, or mugs. 
  • some postcards, or photos, for an inspiration wall. i have found zazzle to be a great resource, and there are loads of sites that gives you free photo prints. i also recommend printing off a calendar.
  • perhaps a cute little plant! i obviously highly recommend a succulent. i get mine from local gardening stores.
  • or some nice tealights! they make me feel calm.
  • a glass of water, or something else to drink. but not soda. if your desk is nice, you might want a coaster.

what you need to do:

  • take everything off your desk. literally everything. pick up every notebook, every scrap of paper, and put it on the floor. keep going until your desk is completely empty. then, divide the pile up between work and stuff. so a hand out from a lecture will go in the ‘work’ pile, and a stapler would go in the ‘stuff’ pile.
  • clean your desk. get a rag and some washing up liquid and wipe down your desk. i was amazed by all the dust and grime there was on mine. it was gross.
  • create your inspiration wall. i would say do this now rather than later, because your desk should be clear so you don’t need to worry about knocking everything over. don’t worry about it looking perfect - this is meant to be for your eyes only. you can find inspiration on pinterest or tumblr.
  • sort through all your ‘stuff’. pick up each thing in turn, and ask it three questions: do you make me more creative? do you make me more productive? and do you make me feel inspired? if it answers yes to any of them, then it has earned a place on top of your desk. if not, then it needs to find a new home. only things that are related directly to your work should be on your desk - not even a hair brush. they’re just distractions.
  • organise the ‘stuff’ that is now on your desk. how you do this is completely up to you. but bear in mind that we are trying to create a mindful environment. keep everything organised, and purposefully think about the reason that you make each choice. so i put my favourite pens in glass jars, so i can move them closer to me when i’m studying. i put my other pens and pencils in a desk organizer, so they’re all in the same place. 
  • organise your ‘work’ carefully and give it a deliberate home. put the same subjects together. how you do this is completely up to you. 

tldr: the basic principle behind this post is that you should clean and de-clutter your desk, and only have things that you actually need on it to study. in so doing, you can create a study space that encourages productivity, and stops you from getting distracted.

coming soon in my MINDFUL series:

  • how to revise mindfully
  • how to study mindfully
  • how to live mindfully