Spray painting and airbrushing have their uses when it comes to applying colors and textures to costumes and props, but if you’re willing to put in the effort to paint surfaces by hand, you can add details you wouldn’t otherwise get. In their latest how-to video, Punished Props Academy, a.k.a. Punished Props, teams up with SKS Props to learn the basics of hand painting props. Bill Doran and Steven K. Smith, of Punished Props and SKS Props respectively, go over techniques, the types of paints Smith uses most often, the best brushes for the job, and more. Watch above.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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