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on: July 16, 2013, 03:55:21 PM
Yes, I spilled it alllll.....no,
I'm joking.. ;D ;D

I need to buy a chamois, by the way, are they ALL the same(getting one from the auto dept in walmart??)
I was using a piece of felt and it's way to rough for a smooth blend. Too late now.
If i get a chamois, is their as special way to clean out graphite from them (and if i ever use a brush to smooth, that too)??
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Reply #1 on: July 16, 2013, 04:16:28 PM
 :faint: G-o-o-o-l-l-y!  I thought we were going to be scrubbing bed sheets!  :sweat: Had visions of black dust landing on new egyptian cotton sheets newly laid on the guest bed!  :eyesclosed:

I've never used a chamois for blending...ya learn something new every day! I'm guessing that would be a synthetic one?
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Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 12:15:07 AM
You want to blend your painting with a goat?  :confused:
chamois


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Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 02:55:20 AM
Shake, Shake, Shake.
I was told never to wash them, but i am not sure this is correct, because it was from the same 'teacher' that didn't know why my paints were not sticking to the canvas when I mixed White Acrylic with my Oil Paints    :-\
Sorry, Not sure this post was much help...  :thumbdown: 

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Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 05:35:25 AM
Ah, when I google 'chamois graphite cleaning', I get an answer to my question:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080318180908AAHToI2

Didn't know it was a kind of a leather cleaning cloth.  :2funny:


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Reply #5 on: May 16, 2014, 03:55:05 AM
As i am visual learner I wanted to know is there any video tutorial that will help me to clean out graphite.


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Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 07:44:00 AM
A good rinsing under the tap removes the loose graphite pretty well. A soak in warm water with a touch of soap (not detergent) removes more. Rinse, squeeze out, do not wring. Dry flat. It will be stiff when dry. Working it by crumpling in hands softens it, but after a few washes, it's not as soft. They are cheap to replace.

Another wonderful drawing tool is a maulstick or bridge. No worries about smudging your drawing while you work.

http://lindateachesart.typepad.com/linda_teaches_art/2005/12/mahl_stick_make.html
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Reply #7 on: May 17, 2014, 12:37:56 PM
In our portrait classes, Nolan used his little finger to do any blending he felt necessary. . . . .very easy to clean and always one handy! ;D
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Reply #8 on: June 21, 2014, 07:56:05 PM
I've never use chamois either but I think it is a great tool to blend charcoal graphite. I always use brushes and sometimes soft paper like tissues. Good luck! :)
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Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 02:49:56 AM
My pencil drawings alway look scruffy....how do I keep my work clean and how do I get the graphite to stay where it belongs...not all over the page? Ive tried a clean sheet of paper to cover the area i am not working on, but my, its not successful at all!!!! H E L P!!! :help:
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Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 03:07:59 PM
Marie, the clean sheet of paper will do the trick, but only if you don't let this sheet slide along the drawing paper. If you lift it up to move it, then pick it up from a corner so it lifts straight up without rubbing the graphite underneath.

Then when you are finished your drawing, always come back and tidy up the few smudges, etc., with your kneaded eraser.

The more experience you get and the more confident you become with your drawing, you will find that your drawings automatically stay cleaner too.


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Reply #11 on: January 19, 2015, 06:15:49 PM
Shake, Shake, Shake.
I was told never to wash them, but i am not sure this is correct, because it was from the same 'teacher' that didn't know why my paints were not sticking to the canvas when I mixed White Acrylic with my Oil Paints    :-\
Sorry, Not sure this post was much help...  :thumbdown:
Before the turn of the century we used chamois cloths to wash cars.  We'd wring out the soapy water, rinse them several times and hang them on the clothes line to dry.


 

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