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    Chalk and Charcoal - Does it go through you?

    Last year in an art class we were made to use chalk and charcoal for a piece. I found that it seriously runs through me. Like scraping your nails down a blackboard, being a classic one, to put things in perspective. Even holding it gives me the same sensation. I'm cringing even thinking about it, lol. I was just wondering if anyone else gets the same from this medium?


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    i get a little anxious about how dry my hands get when chalked up, but thats mainly cause they are susceptible to contact dermatitis and therefore a bad dry day = cracked hands and limited use for a couple of weeks. other than that i'm fine. have a friend who has a phobia of rope. the touch, even the thought of it makes her gag. think its the texture and the potential to burn if pulled through ones fingers at a fast rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alucid View Post
    Last year in an art class we were made to use chalk and charcoal for a piece. I found that it seriously runs through me. Like scraping your nails down a blackboard, being a classic one, to put things in perspective. Even holding it gives me the same sensation. I'm cringing even thinking about it, lol. I was just wondering if anyone else gets the same from this medium?
    Yea, I get it too, but not as bad as nails on a chalkboard or squeaking styrofoam. So... I don't really use it as much. Plenty of other mediums.

    Also, wear loud headphones

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    I personally like working with charcoal (despite how horrible messy it is). Construction paper always had that effect for me though, that really rough textured kind. Oh god just thinking about the texture and running my nails down it makes me cringe
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    Simple solution, put the end of the charcoal in paper, some tape around it to hold it.
    Use handcream and listen to music in your headphones.

    Also, try and acquaint yourself with a material that makes nearly the same noise, that doesn't cause the effects you get from charcoal. Like a metal sponge or so.
    And try handling that on a daily basis as a sort of stress ball.
    That way you'll be tired of hearing that sound and you might end up connecting the sound of charcoal with the sound of the metal sponge.

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    They make holders to put vine charcoal in which might solve your problem. At my school we mostly use white conte pencils that have wooden casing, instead of a piece of chalk. These things might prevent any vibration you are experiencing.
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    My main issue is that I'm a bit of a mincing neat freak at times. That's pretty much why I try my best to stay the hell away from charcoal, pastels, and chalk.

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    When I use either medium on newsprint or a similar paper, the sound of them (a dry, sometimes scritch-scratchy sound) makes me jolt or shudder suddenly. The feel of it weirds me out. But I dunno, I really enjoy using charcoal and chalk despite those issues! XD

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    Cotton does this to me, like cotton balls and pads drive me friggin crazy. My wife thinks it's the funniest thing in the world...

    Charcoal doesn't bother me though.
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    I thought for a moment there that this was a thread about eating chalk and charcoal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuneFishUK View Post
    I thought for a moment there that this was a thread about eating chalk and charcoal...
    Me, too!

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    uah. That's the reason I don't use charcoal. *shivers* But maybe my memory of this sound is worse than it would actually be...
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    lol DuneFish - sorry to disapoint. Seems it's just not me then with a thing against certain mediums. Everyone in class at that point was like, "what's up with you?", Maybe I should try wrapping it up in something and wearing headphones, thanks guys...

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    i got a shiver just reading about the sound *shudder* I hate it.

    We had to use it i could just sorta zone out if i tried really hard so though that didnt do much for my art and i think the tutor thought it was turning up stoned *head desk*

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    you lot are weird


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