[image_with_animation image_url=”8653″ alignment=”” animation=”None” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”] Image above from Urban Sketchers Chicago Chris Harvey has a lot of long straight architectural lines in his painting, and no matter what he tried, every pass with the brush resulted in another wobbly line. The wobbles weren’t interesting or expressive, they were distracting from the painting’s quality and mood, so I built him a bridge. This bridge is very fancy. I stuck 2 pins in a board, and voila! We have ourselves a tool that helps a person paint straight lines. (Chris has honored it with a name: “The Tool.”) I’ve never understood why people berate their artistic abilities by saying “I can’t even make a straight line.” People, you don’t have to. That’s what tools are for. ” load_in_animation=”none Hopefully Chris can finish the painting in time for the Seattle Artist League show! All students and teachers are encouraged to bring in work. Next month I’ll show you how to make a tool that slows time. You’ll need five rubber bands, a paperclip, and 3 extra long zip ties for that one.