Monday, July 30, 2012

Wicked Musical Cosplay Photoshoot

In previous years the musical Wicked came to Seattle and both me and a friend Belinda fell in love with the broadway show.  So this year we decided to cosplay it.

Thought I would share some of those with you.  Photos by John Chuang except those that are photographs of John

  Here's Galinda and Elphaba

Trying to do some fancy Poster work

Monkey's are here.  Steampunk Style!  That's cause the girl who set up those costumes thought we were doing steampunk style and had never watched wicked.  

Of course some humour shot, Monkey is trying to attack, while Wicked witch has to pull monkey back

 Another Humour shot of Monkey See, Monkey Do.

And some behind the scenes shot.  We ended up using our photographer as a coat hanger.  And our monkey is cold. Plus ninja dude in the background hiding out.

Check out the rest of the photos on SmallRiniLady's Facebook Page (direct link to album)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Costume Analysis - Candy Lolita

This Sweet Lolita I met at SakuraCon this year.  Her outfit was themed with Candy elements.  Some of these pieces she bought from Japanese Lolita Designers, while other pieces her friend hand made for her.

Let's explore

She accessorizes with Bubble Gum Machine earrings.

And a hand made (by her friend) bow.  This bow looks like a shrink wrapped candy that you need to open up and explode out with tiny pebbles of M&Ms.  Using bright and baby colors to keep with the Sweet Lolita look.

Another hair accessory brings cuteness through fluffy textures, heart shape, and miniatures.

Using cute confetti shapes of springs and polka dots to decorate her Lolita bow.

Like many lolita dresses, a corset lace up gives any lolita outfit an extra sexy touch.

Noticed her hair color is dyed pink to match this pink and white outfit?

Monday, July 23, 2012

TARDIS Trinket Box

So, I had extra plain wooden boxes on hand and I was thinking, how can I make a wooden box totally geeky?

Duh. (Forehead smack moment.) The TARDIS.

If you don't know what a TARDIS is, go watch an episode of Doctor Who. It's probably available on On Demand.

So anyway, after smothering the box with all-purpose sealer, I started painting it blue. Then I had to figure out where to put the windows. I decided not to be completely literal with the TARDIS design but to work with the shape of the box.
To make the windows I lightly brushed on white paint in a couple of coats - I didn't want to go completely opaque because the windows needed some depth. Then I drew the black lines with a black Sharpie marker.

Then I thought, wouldn't it be fun if there was chalkboard paint on the top so I could write messages? So I taped off a grid and spray-painted on the chalkboard paint.

On the inside (which is not bigger, alas), I used hot glue to glue down a rectangle of white felt. This gives a nice soft padded bottom to the inside of the box, which is a nice touch for trinket boxes, especially if you plan to fill them with jewelry like a pendant, brooch, or cocktail ring.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Come See Us at Geek Girl Con '12!

Cosplay or Costuming? What is “cosplay,” what is “costuming,” and how are they similar or different? How do you approach a new costume project? Costume Reproduction – when and how is accuracy important? Poses & Personality – how do you bring your character to life?

We will be hosting our Intro to Costume Crafts and Cosplay panel for the second year in a row at Geek Girl Con! According to Geek Girl Con Sunday Programming the panel will be on Sunday, August 12, at 12:30 PM in RM204.

Make sure you buy your tickets now before they sell out! Last year they did sell out, so folks showing up at the door were unable to purchase tickets. Don't be a sad panda and miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Painted Trinket Boxes

This is a super-easy craft for any skill level! It's also an excellent introduction to wood painting.

Design ideas are endless... above I started with a plain wooden box, painted it brown, then gave it some Steampunk flavor with metallic copper and gold paints and a little brushed-on blue.

You find everything you need at your local craft store (both Michael's and JoAnn's carries these):
  • small wood box ($1)
  • 1 tube of All-Purpose Sealer (for preparing wood surfaces). Brand I used: Delta Ceramcoat
  • Acryllic paints in desired colors (comes in tubes, about 89 cents and up)
  • Paint brushes (for acryllic paint, use nylon bristles, not natural hair) - 1 detail brush, one 1/2-centimeter wide flat brush, squared or angled
  • Sand paper
  • Mod Podge (for finishing coat, if desired)
  • disposable cup with water
  • paper towel (for wiping brushes)
  • a palette (can use a clean piece of scrap plastic or cover a small dish with plastic wrap)
  1. Sand down any splinters and rough spots.
  2. Apply one coat of sealer to the outside sides and top of the box, let dry
  3. Paint! Let dry between coats.
  4. Finish with Mod Podge, if desired. Only apply Mod Podge to the top and sides, do not cover the inside or bottom because the surface can stick.
Try these fun variations:
  • Hot-glue a rectangle of felt to the inside bottom.
  • Hot-glue a tiny mirror onto the inside of the lid.
  • Use chalkboard paint on the top so you can write messages on it!
  • Mod Podge a collage of pictures or scrapbook paper on the box.
  • Paint a box blank, then add rub-on metallic paint to make it look like metal
  • Add glitter! (apply with white glue)

Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 Summer Urban Uprising Craft Show

I loved the creativity of these pieces.  This Mom made "Cameos" but using her own needle work to do design.  These jewelry pieces shout vintage style all over them.

This Washington native is one of my favorite artists Justin Hillgroves that does the Imps and Monsters paintings.  Portraits of monsters but making them absolutely adorable yet creepy.  Sorry I didn't get any close up shots of his paintings because I didn't know if I should ask to take a photo if a painting.

Crafting runs in the family.  This mom (Kristine Ann's) and daughter (Devout Dolls) shared a booth but sold different kinds of sewn goods.  Mommy made very fun frilly aprons using the most crazy prints she could find from Safety Pin prints to Super Heros.  Daughter sewed plushies, adorable fawns, and other woodland creatures.  Did I mention they had two heads!!!!!  LOL adorable yet slightly creepy.  We love it!

I promise to get and artist info card up.
Having recently worked with vinyl records myself, I was drawn to this booth.  This artist did the street art spray painting (I'm guessing he uses air brushes for these small pieces) to paint a portrait on vinyl records.  Re-purposing vintage is always fun

Careful It Bites artist makes little plushie monsters.  I thought it was very humourous to have little plant monsters that hid in a flower pot.  You couldn't see that it was really a monster without pulling it out.

Sparrow and Sundry was a cute artist that made little table display pieces.  I liked these clocks (mostly cause I prefer art pieces that also have a functional use).  

Vivi Dot makes accessories for her hand made buttons.  The buttons are made with her own custom printed fabrics using SpoonFlower.  I especially liked the pairs of buttons that needed to be put together like a puzzel to see the entire shape.  She's also got her own craft blog, so check her out .

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Steampunk Squirt Guns

Has your summer been Steampunk'd yet?

This is a really fun and easy project! Here's what you need:

- Mini squirt guns! ( 3/$1 at Target dollar section, or 4/$2 in the party aisle. You can also buy them in bulk on )
- Small paint brush for acryllic paint (synthetic, not hair bristles)
- Black spray paint
- Acryllic craft paints in metallic colors (here I used silver, gold, and copper)
- Blue painter's tape

Painting Process:
1. Mask off the tip of the gun with blue painter's tape so you don't paint it. In some states it is illegal to paint over the plastic tip because it makes the gun look too realistic.
2. Spray paint it black on one side (I do this in my garage on a large piece of cardboard, well away from the cars!)
3. Wait for it to dry.
4. Spray paint the other side black.
5. Wait for it to dry.
6. Dry-brush on silver paint all over the gun. This gives it a metallic look. (Put paint on the tip of the brush, dab it off on a paper towel, then dry-brush onto gun over the black. Don't get too much paint on the brush).
7. Add details with gold, copper, or bronze paint.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Velvet Choker with Pendant

A necklace with a bit of whimsy...

I found ribbon crimp ends at Michael's which let you clamp the ends of a piece of velvet ribbon and then attach a necklace chain to ends. I already had purple and yellow velvet ribbon (from Grandma's collection of supplies), I thought these pendants added some interest.

I attached the first pendant with a button and the second with a loop of wire I made with some pliers. Whatever works, right?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Photographs from Behind

Who said great portraits are only taken from the front or an angled side?  I took a wonderful picture of my niece (age 5) and nephew (age 3)  from a different perspective.  I think it's a very adorable romantic photo.

I didn't even mean to have a photoshoot, but was tagging along with my cousin who was practicing his photography with the kids.  

Monday, July 2, 2012

Itty Bitty Steampunk Hats

Usually SmallRiniLady is the one who makes mini top hats, but I decided it was about time I tried making some. I even have a white wig to display it on, I'm totally copying her. Bwahahaha...

This brown vinyl hat was my first attempt. I added a red silk sash so it could go with my Steampunk Supergirl costume. Then I decided not to use it because it's brown.

This is my latest attempt, a much shorter hat. It's still not as sharp as I would like but I think the charcoal velvet with the white lace is pretty.

The hardest part about making these hats is figuring out how to make them stay on your head!

I think I'll leave the wee chapeaus to SmallRiniLady...