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How do you paint in inches?

I recently received a message from an admirer of my art who suggested that I should also include the size of my paintings in inches to assist international collectors not familiar with the metric system of measurement.

My mind, being the way it is, winked at me and thought, but I only know how to paint in metric? How do you convert a painting to inches anyway? Is there a conversion chart?

I found a pretty good conversion tool online but when I typed in the title of my painting it didn't seem to understand and looked at me like I was some kind of fool.

Maybe I'll just buy my canvases pre-converted to inches to save me the worry.

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  1. Haven't you got an old wooden or even plastic ruler with inches on,or do they still sell them in the shops? If not, maybe a second-hand shop might sell them.

    I know that 30cm is 1 foot, and 12 inches make a foot if that is any help. Lesley bought me a conversion book back in the 70s or 80s, but it was for converting into the metric system, but it will do the same. (that's how I know 30cm is 1 foot! Apparently, 5cm is 1 inch)

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  2. Wow... 5cm is 1 inch. That would give new meaning (or is that length?) to Subway's 6 inch subs.

    I suspect you forgot to put in the '2.' bit before the '5' because if 30cm equals 12 inches the maths is all broken when you convert the 12 back to centimeters (12 x 5 = 60cm).

    Anyhow... you realise this is humorous post don't you? I have a link in the post to an online conversion tool. Finding out the size of my canvas in inches is as simple as entering in the metric dimensions and clicking the correct button to convert it to inches.

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  3. Well, I knew I'd get it wrong! It was just from random memory, as I haven't looked at that book for ages, but it came in handy for when I got the shade blinds for my front porch!

    However, I have it in front of me now - you forced me to have to get up off my comp chair and get it out of my bookcase to check the facts!

    5cm is actually 2 inches! There are about 2-1/2cm in an inch it says. I was right about the 30cm being a foot, but it says, to be exact it is 30.48.

    It gives a short list of approximates which it says is sufficient to remember, such as 5cm is 2 inches for the first in the list. It has all the other details if you are really going into it.

    It says that a metre is a bit more than a yard (3ft or 36 inches) which I thought it was.

    No, I didn't know it was a humourous post - I was taking it dead serious! LOL! I do get caught out, though sometimes!

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