Oil Painting, another hobby of mine! 10 things you need to have to start oil painting for the absolute beginner, aka: the things I wish someone had told me few years back, I would have started painting with oils earlier.
How to Paint with a Knife Instead of a Brush: Painting Knife Shapes - my dad was very good at this - one of the things I wish he had taught me.although he did teach drawing & painting w/a brush techniques
Beautiful lamp shades - paint doilies (or leave them natural), cover in wallpaper paste and stick to a balloon. Wait for the dollies to dry (preferably overnight), pop the balloon. Et voila! Its a bowl.a lampshade.you decide.