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The craftsmanship involved in the production of a Date Painting is extraordinary. Four coats of paint are carefully applied and allowed to dry, followed by a rubbing down in preparation for subsequent coats. The outlines of the text are meticulously drawn and then filled in with several coats of white paint with the use of tapered brushes, a ruler, set square, blade and brush for dusting. A considerable amount of time is spent eliminating imperfections, making minute adjustments to the outlines and fine-tuning the final composition. If the piece is not finished by the end of the day, by midnight, it is destroyed.