How to do almost anything

How to scale up a painting.

Scaling up a painting just takes arithmetic and a ruler.

The programmers have spoken. After a full day squinting at monitors at work, they refuse to spend any more time at their computers at home. I am on my own for changes to my website. Bloodied yet unbowed, I press on, summoning up the darkest power of our modern age: I google “How to write HTML.” And, dang it, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

The free sharing of information is the best thing about the Internet. I have used it to figure out how to rout out the edge of a window frame as well as how to set up my wireless router. I even—I kid you not—once watched YouTube videos on the best way to clean a toilet. With a friend.

Some tasks take more tools than others, but they're all reasonable.

Some tasks take more tools than others, but they’re all reasonable.

On the provider side, I’ve written more than a thousand posts over the last decade, on three different platforms. At times I write about art history, at times I write about the life of an artist, and at times I write specific instructions to do things like draw an ellipse or stretch a canvas.

I’m often asked where to find those “how-to” blog posts. It seems sensible to gather the most popular of them in one place so that they were easy to find.

This is that place.

Some require few tools at all.

Some require few tools at all.

Needless to say, there are gaps in this list. If there’s a technical question I’ve missed, let me know. Your inquiry may jog my memory about where I’ve answered it. If not, I’ll write about it for you.

Carol Douglas

About Carol Douglas

Carol L. Douglas is a painter who lives, works and teaches in Rockport, ME. Her annual workshop will again be held on the Schoodic Peninsula in beautiful Acadia National Park, from August 6-11, 2017. Visit for more information.