Recently I’ve been playing with wet on wet watercolor techniques. This watercolor technique works wonders with creating backgrounds, skies, water, and space. By wetting your work area first with water, you can create organic shapes and water movement that mimic things you would find in nature. Make sure you only wet areas you want the colors to flow with clean water. Or your painting will become muddy and washed out.
This is step one. Filling in the area with color. If you experience pooling you can either:
1. Mop it up with a brush/towel/paper
2. Tilt your paper to evenly distribute the water but risk muddying colors
3. Let it dry for a darker effect but risk getting bleeding
Experiment with different color combinations. You can look up galaxies, nebulas, and stars online but just experimenting works even better.
Possible color combos that worked:
1. Warm colors: reds/oranges/pinks/yellow
2. Cool colors: Blue/purple/green
3. Mix it up, if you add in just cool colors, you can add a pop/drop of red to really give it a pop.
Now we need to darken up the borders and around the organic color flows you have created. Let it dry slightly and then mix up very dark purple with a base of blue.
Fill in edges and then go back and get high paint to water ratios of your colors (orange) and dip your brush in those areas. Watch the color bleed into the dark purple. Add and experiment as desired.
Check out that bleeding action! It’s exactly what you want.
Now take a white gel pen/white gouache/white watered down acrylic paint and tap your brush with a pencil to get nice star variations. I even used silver calligraphy ink to add even more dimension to the stars. Not all stars are white. You can make them silver, gold, light blue, light yellow, cream or anything that works for you.
What I did next is scan some of my “space balls” into my computer, cut them out into perfect circles and arrange them as a print. You can check it out below.
Experiment and enjoy! I think this picture “tutorial” is okay but a video would definitely convey some of the technique better. Look forward to that.
Transparent clutches are starting to become more and more famous.So why not make one of your own?
To make this transparent clutch you will need: -2 simple wooden picture frames or you can make your own frames and glue the glasses as I did. -2 metal clasps -a metal lock clasp -a belt -a hammer -nails -a drill Good luck!!
If you don’t want your all of your things to be visible there is a tutorial in the end of the video that shows you how to make a smaller embroidery wallet.
Making the wand from Daoko's MV: Girl (the easy way)
Here’s a recent tutorial from my blog, enjoy~:
Hihihi I forgot to write a post last month but here’s another cosplay tutorial to make up for it ><!
I don’t know if any of you reading this knows but one of my first cosplans of the year is to cosplay the character from Daoko’s MV: Girl.
This time instead of making it, I decided to buy almost all of the cosplay, excluding the wand, due to time constraint.
And I had to crack my head to think of a way to make the wand, I wasn’t going to go into 3D printing or something fancy…it was difficult. But my sudden spark of geniusness helped me create it! (Lol) here’s the tutorial:
1) draw a rough sketch of the base of the wand on paper, for reference, I wanted mine to be around an A4 sized paper long:
2) take the paper balls and skewer them through your bamboo skewer so it looks like this (be sure to leave space at the top of the skewer to stick the star on!):
(Btw that was the brand of paper balls I was using, you might find it at your local art store? i’m not too sure…)
3) use a roll of bandage to wrap around the balls (excluding the second ball) untill it becomes this shape:
4) then use masking tape to wrap around the parts you’ve just bandaged.
5) use newspaper to paper mache at least 3 layers, to the same two parts of the wand you’ve put masking tape on, and then, when dried, apply the gesso (which also might need more than one layer)
6) and tada~ your base for the wand is done!
(Sorry this pic has been cropped lel)
7) you can then mix up some pink paint and colour it but I decided to colour it after making the star part of the wand.
1) print and cut out the template for the star. I used the original image and made the image 20cm wide on Word and then printed it out.
2) put your template onto the craft foam, trace and cut. (Use a sharp craft knife for a sharper edges/finish, I was lazy and hence I had rough edges on the inside of my star.)
3) cut strips of the craft foam, about 1.8cm wide, and use the hot glue gun to glue the strips to the inside of one of the star, as shown:
(Careful not to put too much glue on as it will come out of the edges and give you an unclean finish, if it does happen, try pull some of it away when its warm, or, cut it away using a craft knife when cooled)
4) then take your other star, and carefully stick the inner part of the star onto strip of the other star (lol hope this makes sense), so it looks like this:
5) stick all the edges together, leaving a gap on the inner corners of one of the star to stick the skewer into. Like this:
6) and if you haven’t already, paint the base of the wand and then brush with a layer of PVA glue for a nice, shiny finish! :D
And here is your magical wand~~~
(Here’s is a picture of my cosplay taken by my cousin @kourisane (on ig) )
Feel free to comment if you have any questions~ Hope you found this tutorial helpful and happy cosplaying! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ
Hi! So here’s an easy tutorial for my rose headpiece :) I’ve made this one to match this dress, (and I’ve always wanted something like that to wear!). It’s pretty fast and basic to make it, but hope it helps or, at least, inspires someone.
So, let’s go for materials. You’ll need:
A piece of felt;
Lace and random embellishment;
First, cut a small circle of felt. I suggest that you measure it to be small enough to not appear under the roses, but large enough to serve as a base to glue them.
Now get the lace you’ll use for the base and make a small knot using the thread and needle. This is to mark the amount of lace you’ll glue over the felt and the amount that will be kept outside the base.
Now start ruffling the lace and hot glueing it (you can also sew if you like, but I didn’t have enough patience for that.).
Now you could either make another layer of lace or put your embellishments here. I decided to keep it simple and just sewed a small piece of lace to hang of it.
Now glue (or sew) the roses you want and put a small ribbon under it. I also sew some pearls over it to match my other accessories :)
Don’t forget to put a small clip (I’m not sure of how this is called in English (?)) behind the base!
From @dmpottery - Making a mug from a slab of clay and a wheel. This is my tall Flannel Flower mug and you will find them available for purchase in my Etsy shop (link in profile). #australianceramics #handmademug #potteryvideos #potterytechniques #potterystudio #sydneymade #sydneyceramics #etsymade #etsyshop #clayworks #flannelflower #stoneware