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You Still Can't Take the Sky From Me

Jennifer Belgin

You Still Can't Take the Sky From Me

Tracey: When you can’t run, you crawl. And when you can’t crawl, when you can’t do that… Zoe: … you find someone to carry you. When Firefly first aired in 2002, I hadn't jumped on the Whedon bandwagon. I remember thinking, "Space cowboys? Whatever." and never gave the show a second thought. Then about a decade ago, after I had gotten caught up on Buffy and Angel, a friend asked what I thought of Firefly and was disgusted to know I'd yet to watch it. He handed me the boxed set and said, "Don't give this back until you've seen...


Patterns, Patterns, and Patterns, Oh My!

Jennifer Belgin

Patterns, Patterns, and Patterns, Oh My!

I've become something of a pattern hoarder of late. A couple times a year it seems that the major companies do $1 a pattern sales and I go nuts buying anything that I don't think I already own, which is probably why an article about 83,500 vintage patterns being available online caught my eye. I haven't had a ton of time to search through these yet, but it's essentially a wiki for patterns that provides images of the front jacket and details about the origination of the design with links to pertinent resources. A quick perusal of the article led...


Nothing F*#%*g Casual About These Heroes of the Storm Reference Kits

Nothing F*#%*g Casual About These Heroes of the Storm Reference Kits

I started playing WoW in ye olde vanilla times but have been a casual since just after the launch of Cataclysm and around the time I started costuming. It probably won't surprise you to know that whenever I make a new toon I tend to design it as something I'd actually want to wear. So while on flights hopping from battle pet trainer to battle pet trainer tonight, I was going through my saved pages on Facebook and came across this little gem that I apparently saved back in 2015 after the launch of Heroes of the Storm. It features...


Color Scheme Dreams

Jennifer Belgin

Color Scheme Dreams

I tend to paint a lot of similarly colored Mandalorian armor. Black, red, and gunmetal are strong choices, but I often find myself yearning for something different. Maybe brighter. Maybe with some geometric patterns or sculptural details.  I was cruising through Pinterest the other day and found these cool color scheme palettes that I thought might inspire those trying to find the right colors. Where do the colors come from? They're inspired by pixels in the given image! Then it occured to me that I might entice people to step away from standards if I'd offer them the opportunity to...


Dun Dun Duhhhhhhhh... The Horrors of Orange Peel

Jennifer Belgin

Tags Orange Peel, Paint Goofs, Painting, Troubleshooting, Tutorial

Dun Dun Duhhhhhhhh... The Horrors of Orange Peel

You paint the same type of item the same way, with the exact same paint, 20 times and it's flawless. The 21st time you fall to your knees, crying out "Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?" as you find your project covered in bubbly splotches. You, my friend, are a victim of the dreaded Orange Peel.   What is orange peel? It's a texture that develops on your finished paint that is generally seen as an imperfection. What causes it? Well, there are a host of things: - premature evaporation of thinner - too much humidity - not enough humidity - too hot - too...