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Whether you like to draw, paint, write, choreograph, or play music, you're probably familiar with the creative block, where you just can't seem to do anything despite your motivation. To escape that rut, try doing what you do best, only terribly.

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For the first time in twenty years, as the Atlantic points out, a whole year's worth of copyrighted works will enter the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2019. Under the terms of the Sonny Bono Copyright Act, works first published in 1923 will enter the public domain, meaning anyone can re-publish them, or chop them up and use them in other projects, without asking permission or paying the old rights holders. You can record new versions of the musical compositions; you can show the movies for a profit; you can even remake them. Amazon can sell you the ebook and keep all the money, and Project Gutenberg can give you the ebook for free. The Atlantic has a short list; we have a longer one below.

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If you made a simple creative action every day, what would you have at the end of 100 days? April 3 starts #The100DayProject, which invites you to answer that question for yourself. Past participants have done 100 days of collages, pompoms, illustrated quotes and dancing in public.

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Making pixel art is like writing kids' books: Shockingly nuanced, and way harder than it looks. But pixel art site Lospec has collected a gobsmacking 566 tutorials on how to draw at micro-size. Each tutorial is tagged and categorised by medium (such as videos or slideshows). To get specific tips and lessons, search tags like sprites, dithering, texture, or trees.

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Last year, Samsung introduced an innovative new product to the TV buying public dubbed 'The Frame'. These Yves Behar-designed models attempt to make TV panels feel less like technology and more like art. Boasting a minimalist construction and ultra-thin bezels, each unit resembles a jumbo picture frame.

Originally only available in 55-inch and 65-inch iterations, you can now snap up a 43-inch model which is better suited for the bedroom (and kinder to your wallet). Here are the details.

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When you embed any static image onto Twitter, it tries to compress it down as a JPEG to save bandwidth. For photos, that's usually fine; JPEG was designed for photos. But digital art, infographics and screenshots usually look their best in the PNG image format. If you upload those as PNGs, Twitter will still compress them into JPEGs and they might come out crappy. Here's how to fix that.

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Aspiring artists can appreciate the utility of drawing on a tablet compared to your traditional paper and pencil setup. For one, no mess. But if you've got an iPad Pro, you've got the power to improve your artistic abilities when paired with the right hardware and apps designed to cater to your drawing skill and style. Even if you're not the artistic type, the benefits of learning to draw are more than the resulting work of art.

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Those who can, can't always teach. When you've studied a skill for years, it can be hard to break down your steps and remember what new learners don't know. Which is how you end up writing instructions like the above, which Reddit user kdesh titled "Step 1. Threaten the coconut with a machete".

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When little kids create a work of art -- say, a drawing or painting or pipe cleaner sculpture -- adults typically respond in two different ways. There's the effusive, "That's so beautiful! You're such an amazing artist! Let's hang this masterpiece on the wall!" Or there's the blank stare and the question: "What is it?"

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"A good composer does not imitate; he steals," Igor Stravinsky supposedly said. Faulkner allegedly phrased it as "Immature artists copy, great artists steal." Steve Jobs put it most simply: "Good artists copy, great artists steal." The saying regularly inspires artists, thinkers and dorm-room poster designers. But in practical terms, what does it mean?

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Ever walk into an art supply store and wonder what all the different kinds of pens and pencils are for? Is there a "correct" one to write with? What's the best pen for lefties? Watch our simple video guide to the best uses for ballpoints, gel pens, and roller ball pens.

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If you're the type of person who shies away from sketching anything more involved than googly eyeballs or a stick figure on the back of a napkin, it might be more due to a lack of confidence in your artistic ability than some fundamental lack of talent. But nailing the basics can change your outlook on the seemingly Sisyphean task of learning the art of art (it just takes a bit of patience).