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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL on: December 15, 2009 01:35:39 PM
I have a question, and I really hopes someone answers it. I've looked through all of the posts and couldn't find a straight answer to if using a white crayon might work. Do you think maybe using a white crayon, painting it, then after it's dried placing the wax side down on some brown paper and ironing it might work to remove and make it look decent? My boyfriend loves art and I think making him one of these for Christmas as a more personal presents would rock. So what do you think? Help?

Of course, using white crayon MIGHT work, why don't you try it?

It took me a number of tries to get the hang of it, but I'm not much of an artist. (I really don't think using crayon will work, but that may be because I know that it works REALLY well using the masking fluid)

The results may be similar to the Easter eggs you may have tried using crayon on eggshell... that works for designs, but I don't know if it will for a portrait.



Thanks I gave it a try and came up with some pretty scary results.  It worked, but at the same time it didn't. In hindsight, I probably should've seen it coming but I don't have good comprehension  skills. I tried using the crayon to go over the white areas but as crayons tend to do, it streaked. And trying to go in tight edges and small spots and lines was litrally impossible. The finished product Looks like something a 3 year old would paint. I also tried substituting the masking fluid with an oil pastel which worked better than the crayon but still, impossible to maneuver and not so much streaky as that it washed away in some spots. I think I might  post up some pictures later of what ended up happening so that others can learn from my mistakes. Lol, what do you think?  I'm gonna give rubber cement a try today, but if that doesn't work I'll just stop being so lazy and go buy some masking fluid. LoL, Thanks though!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL on: December 11, 2009 03:52:45 PM
I have a question, and I really hopes someone answers it. I've looked through all of the posts and couldn't find a straight answer to if using a white crayon might work. Do you think maybe using a white crayon, painting it, then after it's dried placing the wax side down on some brown paper and ironing it might work to remove and make it look decent? My boyfriend loves art and I think making him one of these for christmas as a more personal presents would rock. So what do you think? Help?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need dress tutorials on: April 12, 2009 09:27:44 AM
I've been searching for what seems like forever to find a cute dress I could make and haven't found many. Helpme please? It'd be awesome if you guys could post any dress tutorials you've seen. The more the merrier!
I've already seen the "list" that's here on craftster and a few other tuts while searching but nothing really calls to me yet.  Help?
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help/ideas/advice on Sailor Jupiter cosplay? on: March 23, 2009 02:30:35 PM
Okay, well after digging through my closet I found shoes that just might work if I paint them.
How to go about painting them I'm not sure but I'll figure out something.
They're not exact but they'll serve the purpose.
I'll post a picture as soon as I can so I can get opinions on wether it's worth it or not.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help/ideas/advice on Sailor Jupiter cosplay? on: March 20, 2009 07:47:31 PM
If a google search isn't helping much, try searching cosplay.com
I've gotten a lot of ideas off of there and sailor moon is a popular enough show that you may find a variety of pattern/fabric suggestions.

I also suggest a leotard for the top portion. It seems like a popular choice for these costumes, saves you the time of starting from scratch, and looks nice in the end.
The bows shouldn't be too hard. Bows are really just long rectangles pinched in the middle.
I've seen similar boots in stores lately, though maybe not as pointy. You may want to try a few stores to see if they have anything similar.

Good luck!
Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help/ideas/advice on Sailor Jupiter cosplay? on: March 19, 2009 01:59:29 PM
You may actually be able to find some boots like that, if you look on Ebay or such.  That style was popular at the end of the 90's, and the whole "bootie" trend is happening right now, so I wouldn't put it past a good online search.  You may also try zappo's, for dance shoes that would work.

ETA:  Okay, so I checked zappo's, and while the dance shoes are unhelpful, the regular boots have some good contenders.  However, they get pricey.  So yeah...either hard or expensive.  Although it seems like you could take a plain black pair of ankle boots (with heels of course) and make a lace-up spat type thing to put over it.  If you matched the black (they are black, right?  Or green?) well enough, the two pieces would easily blend.
Yeah, that could work, thanks!
Besides, considering I'm going to have to walk all over the convention in them I'm thinking of just getting some plain lace up ankle boots (flat or small heel) and just working form there. Thanks for your help!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help/ideas/advice on Sailor Jupiter cosplay? on: March 19, 2009 12:58:54 PM
Sailormoon still is the Sh*t and honestly, there are SO MANY Cosplay websites that have great ideas for Moonie's who want to cosplay, you should try a google search.

One great website I know of has a "basic patterns to use" for a Moonie cosplay. I am also for the pleated skirts, because they are "pleated" in the anime, so why not in real life? Also, I'm not so keen on the sheen for fabric, but that's just me, lots of people like the satin, I for one do not.

http://www.faerie-fingers.com/index.php?page=patterns&gender=f&patid=1 <-- She has a basic Moonie pattern for $26 bucks, but honestly, the "bodice" is usually a bathing-suit pattern and the rest is made to attach.

http://silentsong.toweroftime.com/ <-- This is friend of mine, she does the most FABULOUS Cosplay outfits ever! XD I just love it!

http://www.saladtime.org/ <-- PGSM based {if you don't know what that is, look it up, it's a great version of Sailormoon, "live action" but totally not Canon.}
Yeah, I've seen some of PGSM. It's cool
The only problem with using faerie finger's pattern is that I'd rather try it on my own, see if I fail, then use somebody elses pattern.
I know that sounds stubborn but it's a matter of pride.
As for the google search, I tried but haven't  had too much sucess yet.
Thanks anyways though! And yeah, your friend does make really cool cosplays!
I totally recommend the fairie fingers pattern. I used it a number of year ago and it was awesome.
The boots will be the hardest part, just so you know.
*sigh* That's what I was worrying about.
I'm no good with shoes.
Thanks for the help anyways!
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help/ideas/advice on Sailor Jupiter cosplay? on: March 18, 2009 07:21:52 PM
Yes, I do remember those days. I still have the VHS tapes to prove it. Anyway, I've never cosplayed, but I would like to direct you here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296984.0 It's another sailor moon costume in progress.
Aw, the comforts my VHS tapes bring me. Lol.
This would be my first cosplay, which is why I wanna get it right.
And thanks for the reference, it's cool to know I'm not the only one who's cosplaying from sailor moon!


If you look in the completed costumes forum, there's a girl making a Sailor Chibi costume right now that's in progress.  She's got a really great start on it!  Though she is doing a satin skirt.  I think she's got a spandex leotard for the bodice, which looks fantastic!  Definitely do a pleated skirt--that's the best technique that I've seen used for them.  How about a cotton sateen for the skirt?  It's sort of a happy middle ground.  And it'd give you some nice structure.  Don't over-think the collar.  I'm fairly certain it's just a square in the back, and a triangle in the front--one piece that flows from one shape to the other, kid-drawn house style.

Oh, and one other thing, about the bows:  Shoot for real fabric that you cut and finish.  It'll take a little longer than ribbon, but it'll give you the right proportion and body.  Everyone always wants to make tiny bows, but the bows are huge!  They ought to be huge!  Good luck!

Thanks! Yeah, I noticed she's doing a satiny type skirt which is cool but since I plan on taking some pictures I don't want the glare to cause an issue by distorting the color or anything like that.
And I totally agree on the bows. I've seen people do these tiny lil ribbon tie up things and it's not for me. Those suckers are huge! So I'm gonna go for that, whether it kills me or not. lol
The bodice is what's gonna be the major pain for me since I don't have a clue where to begin!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Help/ideas/advice on Sailor Jupiter cosplay? on: March 18, 2009 07:02:27 PM
Aw, yes. Remember the long ago days when sailor moon was the s**t?
Yeah, well I still love it and plan on cosplaying Sailor Jupiter for MetroCon this year and need some advice/ help.
I'm thinking of using some form of cottonesque fabric for the skirt instead of the usual shiny satin. I'm thinking of most likely making it a pleated skirt since that's my best bet, but I don't know. As for the bodice I'm not sure what to make of it. Some people advise altering a shirt, some say pure spandex, and such so I have no idea what to do.
Any bows, accesories, and shoes are also a bit of an issue with me. Ditto for the collar.
Grrr!
Help a fellow sailor lover?
Reference pic:
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ideas for goth/punk crafts? List 'em here please! on: September 15, 2008 01:04:10 PM
Okay here's the deal. I've been bored out of my mind and have decided to make some things for my best friend. The problem? I'm happy rainbow and pink person and she's goth/punk/rockabilly all the way. So does anybody have any projects,crafts, or tutorials they've seen on here that is either already punk-ish or that can be converted to it? If so please list away! Any link or idea goes a long way, so in advance...

Thanks! I appreciate it!
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