Why Sealing and Painting Does Not Eliminate Odors

The property you are considering buying has the potential to make you a lot of money. Only it has one major problem, and this problem is the reason you are able to buy this property at such a bargain. The problem is odor, odor left behind by a host of pets.

Should you seal or paint the floors and walls to trap the odors? Will that solve the problem for you? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Sealers are intended to block stains on walls from bleeding through and staining new paint applied to a wall. They are not designed to seal or block gases (odors) from escaping or passing through. Some-but not most-paints do produce a continuous membrane finish that is not gas permeable. Consider, however, that only one of many sides of an object like a piece of drywall or flooring is being painted, this approach offers limited odor control and success.

Both fire and tobacco smoke are exceptions. But even long-term contamination of walls and ceilings with tobacco smoke

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Her Most Famous Painting (Big Raven) – Emily Carr

Described as ‘Canadian Icon,’ painter Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a writer and a leading ‘Expressionist,’ whose works often carried the shades of ‘Impressionism’ and ‘Fauvism.’ She pioneered the artistic representations of Canadian native life, mostly through landscape art. Carr infused life into her art through bold and visionary displays, with accent on green and blue. Many-a-times, a strong and marked influence of the renowned ‘Group of Seven’ could be identified in her paintings. Emily’s choicest work considered is the “Big Raven,” created in 1931.

Unlike her favorite medium of watercolors used in her earliest works, “Big Raven” painting belongs to the genre of her oil works on canvas. Measuring 87.3 cm X 114.4 cm, this painting is currently a part of the collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia. In line with Carr’s characteristic style, the piece is a reflectiv

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Removing Your Stretched Painting From Gator Board

These simple instructions will allow you to remove your stretched painting from Gator Board and leave your board without any damage:

Ensure your painting is bone dry first.

Take a look around your tape to see if you can find an area where there may be a slight lift/air space in the area where the tape meets the watercolor paper? I use a kitchen knife that has a strong but thin blade. Holding a knife at an angle to ensure you don’t pierce the board too – simply pierce a small hole so you can gently slide the knife underneath the watercolor paper. Ensure your knife is held as flat to the board as possible so you don’t disturb the surface of the board – of course.

Once you have the point of the knife underneath the w/c paper – you simply slide the knife around the edges of the watercolor paper (I like to hold the knife reasonably low and flat to the board. It is just like opening an envelope with an envelope knife.

Voila! Now yo

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Do’s and Don’ts of Painting a Wooden Playhouse Like an Expert

What better way is there to make an immediate change to your child’s wooden playhouse than with a new paint job? When you are ready to paint your kids playhouse and you want to keep it looking exceptional for years to come, there are several things that you definitely need to do and other things you want to avoid.

The following is a list of Do’s and Don’ts on how to expertly paint your wooden playhouse so it will last for years into the future:

  1. Do prepare ahead of time your playhouse for painting. Prepare your playhouse by gently scraping any loose, dried or flaking old paint using a putty knife or sander while being careful not to damage the wood underneath.
  2. Do seal any cracks around windows or doors. If there are cracks where two wooden surfaces join together use caulk to seal the cracks. This will keep the moisture outside of the playhouse.
  3. Do use a high quality primer to paint all of the wooden playhouse surfaces. Using a p
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His Most Famous Painting (The Ancient of Days) – William Blake

English ‘Romantic’ painter, printmaker, and poet William Blake (1757-1827) was a radical visionary. He expressed his mystical views through paintings, engravings, and poetry. Blake was never inclined to represent the materialistic things around him. The concept of his work was driven by religious visions. Blake’s unusual capability to capture and portray a theme from just his imagination shows his sheer brilliance as an artist. One of his most amazing paintings was a relief called “The Ancient of Days,” created in 1794.

This print of 23 cm x 17 cm (9″ x 7″) in size was made from a copperplate engraving. “The Ancient of Days” was actually a cover illustration for his book of poems ‘Europe, a Prophecy,’ which Blake published in 1794. William Blake claimed to have created this alluring image based on a vision he had over a staircase while he was living in Lambeth. It may not seem that there is an obvious connectio

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Portrait Painting Techniques – How to Paint Hair

Painting Hair

Painting portraits is a great hobby that gives both the artist and the model much pleasure. It is better for both however if the texture, color and flow of the hair closely matches the model. Follow these steps to obtain more realistic colors in your next portrait.

Before painting hair, you should always have the rest of the face finished first. The flesh color extend into the hairline. This is so that the flesh color shows through and the hair does not look unnatural. Remember that hair is much more than one layer, therefore, you need to paint it in layers. There are also hundreds of shades of hair color. To keep it as simple as possible try to base each portrait with, blonde, brown (this includes red), black or gray.

Under paint the entire hair area with a very light mixture of one of these colors. These are called undertones. This under painting will actually be the highlights because as you work you will not cover all of this. Notice whe

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How to Care For Your Watercolor Painting

So you just purchased a new beautiful watercolor painting, now what? There are really just a few important things to know about your watercolor painting in order to keep it bright, vibrant, and unblemished.

1. Get your painting framed with a glass protective panel. This is important, a regular frame with no glass will leave your watercolor vulnerable to dust, smudges, water damage etc. Did you know that watercolor can reconstitute itself when water is added? That means the paint can shift, lift, drip etc. A glass front will protect against water damage. It will also keep the dust off. You can’t just dust a watercolor painting as the paper is sensitive to marks and is a delicate surface. A well framed piece will also help keep out insects that can damage the paper. It is very difficult to repair a damaged watercolor painting, so keep it protected.

2. Avoid direct sunlight. Watercolor paintings are sensitive to sunlight. The colors can fade, and the paper can becom

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Painting Aluminum Venetian Blinds in a Few Easy Steps

All the Colors of the Rainbow…

Painting aluminum Venetian blinds can be fun and fulfilling, especially when you take a step back and look at what you’ve done. You could add some sunshine, a few colors of the rainbow, and the infinity of the sea and the sky by simply changing the color of your aluminum Venetians in a few easy steps. When you chose this type of window treatment you were probably guided by their durability and easy maintenance. However, as it usually is the case, people tend to get bored of looking at the same window scene over and over again. That is probably the right time to start a remodeling project which includes repainting your aluminum Venetian blinds which is a more cheap option to buying new ones. Since you are probably looking for a budget solution, I herewith offer some tips on painting aluminum Venetian blinds in a few easy steps.

If you have decided to paint your metal Venetian blinds, this is what you should do

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How to Flatten a Rolled Up Painting?

There are so many times that we buy artwork or posters that come rolled in a tube. To a person who hasn’t dealt with rolled up artwork before, flattening it up can be very challenging. There are various simple techniques that can be tried at first.

1. Place the painting on a flat surface and place heavy books on it

2. You can also try rolling the poster in reverse. But this process should not be followed if it’s a canvas. Reverse rolling might damage the paint

One of the most well known professional techniques that help to flatten a rolled up canvas or a poster is through humidification. This refers to the process of introducing moisture carefully, followed by flattening the canvas. This technique is used not only in flattening canvas or posters but also to safely flatten old brittle documents. Extreme caution should be exercised in humidifying canvas.

The technique that I will describe here is known as a Humidification Sandwich and this

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What Are the Benefits of Painting by Numbers?

Painting by numbers is a system that allows you to isolate a picture into different shapes. Also, keep in mind that each shape is allotted a specific number related to a certain color. Every shape is painted and given the shape of a complete painting.

An artist named Michelangelo introduced the very first painting of this sort in the 16th century. Actually, he assigned his ceiling to some of his beloved disciples to paint. Each ceiling was pre-numbered to prevent mistakes.

Often, people think that painting by numbers is ridiculous as it is overly formulaic, uncreative and simplistic. However, nowadays, this approach is attracting the attention of serious people. As a matter of fact, this approach has been helping people curb their stress.

These kits feature a printed outline, small pots of paint and a brush. As far as the type of paint is concerned, oil and acrylic is the most common option. But you can also opt for pencil or watercolors. If you are just getting

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