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21 Smells All Art Students Will Remember

Just in it for the Monet.

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1. The intoxicating scent of oil paints on a fresh palette.

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Not to mention beautiful.

2. The woody aroma inside a new tin of charcoal pencils.

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A perfect container of creativity.

3. The ashy smell of charcoal crayon dust covering your sketch book.

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And often times on your hands too.

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4. The sickening blend of metal, chemicals, and paint inside your Silicoil container.

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Before and after the semester.

5. The pungent whiff of quick-drying Liquin mixed in with your paints.

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6. The bitter smell of linseed oil soaked into your canvas.

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7. The supposedly "odorless" chemical stank of Turpenoid you used to clean your brushes.

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It may not have burned your nostrils, but there was a definite odor.

8. The refreshing scent of mint and lanolin in The Masters Artist Soap.

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The best friend to any painter.

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9. The clay-like smell of your colorful Conté crayons.

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10. The nauseating essence of egg tempera concoctions.

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Makes pretty paintings, stinks like ass.

11. The piney smell that emanated from your DIY canvas frame.

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Tools aren't just for shop class.

12. The exhilarating scent of a freshly stretched canvas.

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So clean, so new.

13. The homey smell of antique easels inside the studio.

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Like being transported to another century.

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14. The earthy essence that coated your hands while using a clay wheel.

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Cue "Unchained Melody."

15. The chalky aroma from a thick coat of gesso.

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16. The oddly satisfying damp smell of paper covered in water colors.

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Which eventually dried into something magical.

17. The pristine metallic odor from a container of X-Acto knives.

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Sharp pencils for life.

18. The noxious fumes that escaped each time you opened a container of rubber cement.

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19. The fresh pulpy smell of an untouched pad of paper.

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Oh, the possibilities.

20. The oily remnants of paint mixed with sweat after a hard day's work.

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Now would be a good time for that Artist Soap.

21. And the sweet smell of success at the opening of your art show.

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