Guess what? I got started on the ebook! Here is the first page I finished, although I may still play around with layout and try to make it as easy to understand as possible. What do you think? Does it make sense? Or is it like the first time you tried to understand origami crane instructions?
This is a step by step tutorial on how you can make a simple bag for your cosplay.
This tutorial fits all kinds of fabrics and for this bag I used white faux leather. When working with faux leather remember that it melts under high temperatures, if you plan on ironing it use low temperature and a towel in between the iron and fabric. Also remember that when you sew in the fabric the needle marks will be visible even if you take the thread away so make sure not to sew wrongly.
1. Decide the measurements you want on the bag (this one is 10x14x2.5 cm). Remember to make the back piece longer than the front piece so it kan be used as a lid. To do this add the length of the height of the bag together with the side and the leght you want the lid to be. Cut out the parts in a fabric with at least 0.5 cm seam allowance. The fabric I used was a white faux leather.
2. Place the right sides of the front and side pieces together and sew along the marked line. (A good idea is to sew all the way over the seam allowance at the top but to not sew over the seam allowance at the bottom. This will make it easier to later fix the upper edge and to sew in the bottom piece.)
3. Sew together the back piece with the sides. (Do not sew all the way over the seam allowance this time since you want to be able to fold the seam allowance down later.)
4. I like to sew the bottom piece of bags on by hand. This gives you more control and the risk that the sides twists because the corners got sewed on a bit off lessens.
5. Cut out a new piece that will be the inside of your lid. Make it a bit longer than the lid actually is.
6. Put together the right sides of the lid pieces and sew like the green line shows, not all the way down the sides of the lid.
7. Turn the lid part inside out and sew on the velcro or snap fastener so you can close the lid later. (If you want you can sew the velcro on after step 5, but I like to do it here since I feel it gives me a bit more control where to place it.)
8. Flip the lid inside out again and sew the sides of the lid together.
9. Cut the seam allowance’s corners of the lid, making sure not to cut of the thread, and flip the lid inside out. Take a pointy object like a chopstick or a pen and point the corners of the lid out so the get a nice edge.
10. Sew along the edge of the lid to make it lay flat and give it a bit of detail.
11. Flip the rest of the bag inside out and sew on the other part of the velcro or snap fastener on the front of the bag.
12. If you like to be able to have the bag on a belt like this one or hang it over your shoulder in a strap this is the step to add a piece of fabric on the back to pass the belt through or add the strap at the sides of the bag.
If you want a more soft look on the bag you can skip step 13 and 14 and jump directly to step 15.
13. To get a more square looking bag measure the inside of your bag and cut out pieces of cardboard (I like to use cereal boxes for this part). Make sure to measure all the way up on the seam allowance since you want to be able to fold a bit of the fabric down over the fabric.
14. Glue the cardboard to the inside of the bag.
15. Glue and fold down the edge of the upper part of the bag. A good way to keep the edge in place while it dry is to use clothespins, just make sure you don’t get glue on them.
16. Glue the leftover of the inner lid piece to the bag so it stays in place.
School is a busy time for all of us, so here is a 30 day yoga video challenge! This challenge is great for those who wish to stick to their yoga routine when things start to get busy :) Even if you’re not in school anymore you could still try to challenge yourself with this!
Each day do a video, each video is short so there should be no reason why you can’t fit these into your day :)
Hello! Your art is SO fantastic! I was wondering if you were planning to create tutorials on the way you color or explain the steps it. Thank you.
Thank you! And about my coloring.. errr.. it’s a huge mess, that’s what it is haha.
I don’t think it really fits for a tutorial, but I can explain how I do things; most of the time I just play with gradients, to be honest. And it’s a huge pile of just trying out what could look fine.
Firstly, I do the sketch and block it out, and depending on the picture I may color some areas as darker and lighter. After that’s done, I’ll try out different color combinations with different layer modes, and in the most simplest cases it may take only one gradient modifier for me to color the picture:
Tho, usually it takes handful of different layer modes to get the picture colored.
I recommend looking for tutorials of coloring from black and white, that’s the core of the technique I use!
And it’s rather all fun and dandy until I get to coloring paintings. In those cases it’s usually tens and tens of layers for color alone:
I haven’t made an art tutorial in a long time, so hopefully this is easy to follow!
A tutorial for drawing good, consistent eyes, that can work for many different styles. I havn’t seen this technique online anywhere, or any guide for drawing eyes consistent for that matter, so hopefully this can help people!
If anyone has any questions, feel free to message me! (and I apologize for any spelling mistakes)
As Requested: Workout Hygiene and Beauty Routines! 👟💦💅💄
cleanse with a gentle cleanser
if working out at the gym: moisturize with a non spf moisturizer
if working out outside: moisturize with a spf moisturizer
I didn’t previously wear makeup to the gym but my skin got quite bad recently (due to poor skincare routine - will talk about later) so I sometimes put a dab of concealer on especially red marks.
I leave other pimples/eye bags alone - just cover the healing red spots from popping pimples that stick out like a sore thumb.
I’ve also started applying soft eye makeup to enhance my eyes (bit of dark brown shadow in the upper eyelid crease with a small line of eyeliner on the top outside corners of my eye, and along the upper waterline) as I’ve noticed it makes me feel super put together at the gym and is awesome for post gym selfies!
no mascara so removing is a breeze. which brings me to…
I jump in the shower! but of course its never as easy as that…
I use a gentle cleanser to get rid of all of the sweat/concealer and most of the eye makeup
then I just wipe the excess makeup under my eyes post shower and leave the remaining makeup above my eyes for the rest of the day! it leaves my eyelashes looking really long and black and looks like a totally effortless smokey eye!
I then moisturize with a gentle moisturizer all over, followed by an antibacterial moisturizer along my hairline, on pimple threatening areas, and on the back of my neck/upper back. prevention is key!
For my body I first use a soap bar - as they remove more bacteria than most body washes.
I then (if I’m not being lazy) use gentle moisturizer to nourish my skin after being stripped from the soap.
Since my hair is so long, I don’t always wash it after - it depends on how sweaty I got/where I am in my hair wash cycle.
If I got very sweaty all over my scalp, or it has been about 2-3 days since I last washed it, I’ll wash it.
If I got semi-sweaty but just washed it yesterday, I’ll clip it up and only wash the sweaty bits- around my face and behind my neck and ears.
For shampoo I use any brand and focus on lathering my scalp (not actually the easiest task) but make sure you’re getting to the scalp and not just the hairs above it.
For conditioner, again I’m not loyal to one yet :) I focus on applying to to the ends, but apply it all over my hair even my scalp a little bit. Shampoo can be so drying, and stripping it from all moisture is pretty rough, so I let the conditioner apply a little bit back. think about it - you can either wash it more often (2-3 days) and apply moisture to your scalp each time so its clean and nourished and not over producing oil, or wash it less often (3-4 days) and not apply moisture to your scalp, but this is still stripping it and waiting for your body to produce sticky oil to make it nourished again. I know which I prefer!
I then use a wide toothed comb to comb out knots, then a thinner toothed comb to make sure every strand of hair got nourished :)
Then I leave it in for 5 mins before rinsing with cold water to lock in the moisture and keep it soft :)
This is different for everyone, but my hair type is long, thick, brown but highlighted-to-blondish hair.
I leave it in a towel turban for about 5 mins to remove excess water.
Then I apply a leave in treatment and (leave-in) for -10 minutes depending on whatever I do in that time (find an outfit for the day/check emails)
Sometimes I just leave my hair to dry naturally, but its kind of like Russian roulette as to whether its gonna look cute, or look like Hermione from earlier harry potter films (still cute, but not the cute I’m going for)
So if I decide to dry it, I always first spray hair protector all through. Make sure you’re hair protector is good quality - some have oils in them that actually cook your hair if you apply heat! so props best to find one that makes your hair soft afterwards, not burnt.
Then, after combing out any knots, I dry it to the bone - no moisture leftover otherwise we’re back to Hermione again (sorry Hermione, again, just not the look I’m going for)(why do I feel the need to apologize to a fictional character) ok back to drying hair - I find clipping up sections helps a tonne here (must-not-pun) and allows you to dry the roots without burning the top layers too much.
Once dry, I style. different for everyone, but one time my hair dresser put curls in my hair for my birthday and since then I’m addicted. they look super cute and bouncy on the first day, then drop and look even better on the second, and then on the third it looks like long natural waves. It is a bit of effort on the first day, but being able to just wake up on the second and third, even fourth, with effortless soap opera hair is fab!
I do it in 3 sections: bottom, middle and top
I first clip up the middle and top sections so I’m left with the bottom third, part in the middle and bring the sections to the front on each side and apply more hair protector, comb out any knots, and curl in the direction away from my face. this opens your hair out and back which I find looks better than curling in towards your face :)
I then repeat for the middle and top sections, tying the already curled sections behind my head to keep them out of the way and avoid mixing sections.
And voila! ready for the day!
This looks like it takes a lot of time but I can assure you that’s just my writing style and me going off on tangents haha. Takes about 30-50 mins to go from sweaty beast to effortless beauty, depending on the extent to which I wash/style my hair.
Hope I helped! and let me know any other workout/routine/vegan/beauty related stuff!
Disclaimer: all products I use are vegan and not tested on animals. Even if I say “any product” I mean any vegan & not tested on animals product. :)