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      Micro-Mark Discount code for IGMA   01/29/2017

      Great News for miniature artists!!!! In support of IGMA and the world of fine miniatures,  Micro-Mark the small tool specialists, have offered IGMA a 10% discount on all their purchases.  Buyer gets 10% off all purchases and in support of the Guild Micro-Mark will donate 5% of your purchased price to IGMA Be sure to enter Promo code IGMASAVE16 www.micromark.com Can be used on sale merchandise, but cannot be combined with another offer.  For example if an item is in the close-out section on the Micromark website, the discount will apply. If they discount some items in an email (a special promotion) the 10% will not be able to be combined with that offer.  Time to go shopping!!!      

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I finally made the decision to buy a laptop to help me with my 'etch a sketch' activities that I could work on digitally.  Touchscreens have been available for a long time with smart phones and tablets, and computer monitors and of course laptops.  So, I made the decision to buy a laptop, so I could have the largest monitor possible for design purposes.  I am happy to report that I am able to use the touch screen to draw in Patternmaker and PC Stitch programs.

When you need to buy a new computer to upgrade, a touchscreen is a wonderful option.

My versions of PC Stitch and Patternmaker are old,  and I purchased inexpensively from Michael's and Hobby Lobby.  I generally use to re-graph something that I can't read, like an old hand drawn black & white chart.  I found that I make a few less mistakes when I have color and symbols, so that is the reason that I purchased software... oh, and the dream of someday figuring out how to create my own designs.

I can draw with my fingertip and fill color, change color by touching the screen, and I can eliminate the repetitive motion of using the left mouse button and clicking.

I haven't tested Corel Draw yet, but I'm pretty sure that I will be able to draw with a pen stylus, too.  I have a stylus, but I don't have a pen stylus, will have to go to the store and see what is available.

So next time you are replacing a mobile digital device, and you have a need to draw on a computer, look for a touch screen option and save your hands for fine miniature projects!

 

 

 

 

 

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