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  • Easel
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on: June 27, 2014, 06:35:53 PM
I have found if you use the fine side of an emery board...nail can 'gently' sharpen the point back in. It's great and gives more control of the end. I was going outside the lines too often cuz I wasn't sure where the 'end was, but a quick couple of strokes on the emery board, and, wallah...back in business!


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  • Paint Brush
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Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 06:39:07 PM
 :thankyou:    for the great tip.   I sure will give this a try.    :)


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Reply #2 on: June 28, 2014, 12:34:11 PM
Good tip Bella!

I've been using foam sheets-the kind you put plates in to protect them.  I cut them up into small squares.  I fold them in 1/2 and use the corner to get into tight places.  When that area wears out or is too dirty I fold it in a different area until it's too used up.  Toss it and grab a new one.  The nice thing about the texture and material is that it doesn't pick up the pastel.  Depending on the pressure used it doesn't move it far either.

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