to talk about my newest prop for Duane real quick. Was waiting to get
the new photos up first, but I do not have time to edit them at the
moment and needed a quick break from sewing my next costume.
I had a before shot to share because it used to be blue. Materials I
used: a book, scrapbooking paper in green, gold, black velvet, and a fun
design (you’ll see that one later), green and black fabric paint, tan,
white, black, and brown acrylic paint, twine, gold ballpoint pen, a hot
glue gun, and a lot of Modge Podge.
I was really picky about the base book I chose. It had to
be the right size in my hand…not too thick as to look bulky but not
so thin as I couldn’t do a little something fun with it. I also ended
up choosing this one because it left the ends of the pages raw and I
liked the rough look of it! I had to sand the top of the book though,
since the pages were dyed orange.
you can see where I tore off half of the spine. That was my first step,
before I even started painting. You can also see where I glued down the
twine bindings on the spine and the pieces that hang from the top of
the book. I also used hot glue to seal the raw end of the twine so it
The designs I traced a vector for from the
art and used that to print a stencil of sorts I could use to cut the
pieces out with an exacto knife. It’s all glued down with Modge Podge.
All of the weathering with black and white I tried to keep as close to the illustrations of the book as possible.
is the rarely seen back! This is where the tan paint really came in. I
used it to color the blue so I could save that slightly leathery texture
of the original cover. The green paper I glued on to re-do the cover I
purposely left loose on that corner and tore the edge around to make it
uneven. I also spritzed it with water to get it extra floppy.
One of my personal touches was the old bloody handprint on the back.
The space was partially covered in the art, and on its own it felt
empty. I figured, Duane must have picked up the book after accidentally
eating somebody at least once right. I just painted my fingers brown
and slammed them down on the back of the book.
is a detail shot where you can really see the textures in the papers I
chose. I like the randomness of the gold, and the elegance the velvet
added. The green had a linen look to it that I thought fit well wishing
the comic’s aesthetic.
I also want to talk about the letters
here. Finding simple gold letter stickers was, oddly enough, impossible.
I ended up buying purple glitter ones instead. I had to scrape off all
the glitter, resurface it with Modge Podge, and color it with my gold
leafing pen. The ‘f’ I had to extend as well…placing a piece of
another sticker under it before applying the Modge Podge.
is another detail shot showing the fun rough edges of the book, as well
as some of the weathering I did on the edge. For the edge I tried to
sand through the paper to the tan paint I had applied underneath…but I
ended up sanding through the paint too fast to the original color of
the book. So in the end I took a box cutter and carved away at all the
edges, down to the cardboard cover itself. I ran sandpaper over the
carved edges to make it look more like it had worn down and had not been
is probably the roughest part of the book, but still pretty happy with
it! In the art it’s so small it’s just scribbles so I had to improvise
what to put up there. Considering the book it had to be Tainish for
sure. The phrase I had originally chosen was too long, so I ended up
mashing two other ones together and hoping it makes sense. Can’t say
I’m too well versed in Tainish grammar after all. I had also wanted to draw it in the Tainish alphabet, but sadly that is not available, so I used cursive instead.
For those who may have trouble reading my sloppy penmanship it reads: Ssael fhikemun rish ul a Llede Llaemasa
Which should, in theory, translate to: Ssael reveals the way to his Lions of Mercy
inner cover I also redid with a paper with a fun design. The edges of
the green showed and I wanted a nice clean look all around. Also a
little extra weathering just cuz.
last but not least, the whole reason I decided to do this project in
the first place! I needed a place to keep my ribbons at ALA.
made this into a hollow book with a lot of Modge Podge and cutting of
pages and more Modge Podge and some heavy things. This is why the book
couldn’t be too thin. I made sure to leave a number of pages at the
front loose so I could also use it as a prop.
Big Girl Appreciation Day, Part 2
These are very special to be for a few reasons
1. @solarsquared took these pictures. He’s made me smile and feel so loved and appreciated.
2. These are the only full body pictures I have taken in about a year.
3. That teddy bear has a heart beat and I love it so much.
4. He says I’m beautiful in the most mundane moments, especially with me heading to work. I couldn’t ask for a better love than this.
( who wants a jack harkness kiss in their inbox? i’m mobile, studying and it sucks. so why not a bit of positivity and tenderness. will be lips, cheeks, forehead, temples or others depending on who and jack’s mood. )