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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sketch book question on: February 26, 2013 06:59:57 AM
Ah, as far as I remember it didn't hurt at all, it was really just supposed to be a friendly reminder for me not to be stupid Cheesy He (the teacher) was totally right I think. (It was the first time he saw my sketchbook because the sketchbook thing was totally voluntary, I started to sketch by myself and he did choose a lot of my drawings for the exhibiton.)
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / World of Warcraft Troll Costume (Tutorial) on: February 25, 2013 05:55:38 AM
Hi there! This is my first post here so I hope I'm doing this right. Roll Eyes
So I'm a larper and my boyfriend organizes a Warcraft LARP. I'm from Hungary, which isn't an excuse for me being poor as hell but it's kind of an explanation. I don't have the money to buy expensive utensils for crafting so I always try to use the cheapest kind of materials with the highest rate of effectiveness - and it usually works.
In summer I will play a troll witchdoctress at the larp and I decided to start with the costume as soon as possible and to make something like a tutorial to show how I get stuff done.

So, here it comes.

The mask base.
What I used:
  • cardboard paper, the thin kind
  • a ruler
  • pencil and eraser
  • x-acto knife and scissors
  • ducktape

The measurements.I think it's pretty obvious from the picture which sizes I checked on my face and used later on.
(Everything is measured in cm.)

The bad prototype. I used this to see what my mask base will have to look like. The eyeholes went totally askew and the nose was terrible, too. But I learned from my mistake.

the annoying furball.He is an important part of the process. Always.

The outlines. This is where to cut out.

Now here's two noses. The nose
I messed it up the first time. Now, the upper nose shape is the good one. As it will 'come out' of the mask, the sides have to be a bit wider. The dotted lines are the edges of the area which is exactly the same size as the drawn nose on the outlines. As you can see, I added some space.

The nose done right. As you can see, I fixed it. I used thin cut ducktape to attach the 'wing' parts to the inner side of the mask. For the shape of the nose I made a thin cut on the middle line with my x-acto knife. I din't cut it through, just enough so it will bend nicely. I did the same thing with the middle of the head/forehead piece, as you will see in the last picture. This has to be done so the mask will fit my face.

Now the paper base is ready!
This is the finished version of the paper base.

I will continue to upload photos and decsriptions as I work on the mask. The next part will be how to stabilize the base from the inner side, and then I will start with the coating.

I hope you have enjoyed it so far!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: shinny oil paints on: February 25, 2013 05:48:40 AM
As for me, I really don't like it when my oil paintings get shiny and they tend to do it because of the painting medium I use (I get it from the university. It's cheap.)
The more lenoil there is in your painting medium the more shiny the surface will get. The only problem with lenoil is the time it takes to dry.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Book recommendations? on: February 25, 2013 05:44:45 AM
Well it's not about painting but in my opinion you first have to know how to draw really good before you can paint really good.  Smiley

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Drawing help? on: February 25, 2013 05:42:20 AM
It's the key to success.

Oh and yes, the persistence...and tolerance...and never give up, just draw and draw and draw and draw and draw and draw and draw (okay perhaps sometimes you can eat..and sleep..and pet your cat)..and draw and draw and draw.  Wink
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sketch book question on: February 25, 2013 05:39:12 AM
Well, I'm a fine art student and back in fine art high school I used to draw on both sides of the paper in my sketchbook.
Then there was an exhibiton coming up, my drawing teacher looked at my sketchbook and hit me on the head with it, asking me how I could've been so stupid..it's not exhibitable if the other side is showing through, and what to do when there are really good pictures on both sides?  Roll Eyes

So ever since this incident I only use one page..per page Cheesy
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Picture of cat included in introduction on: February 25, 2013 05:33:27 AM
Hey there everyone,

I'm Starla and I'm from Hungary.
I study painting at the University of Fine Arts in our capital, Budapest, and in my free time I LARP. Alot.
And I don't like to buy my costumes, I like to do them myself Cheesy So that's why I craft alot.
I'm terribly bad at sewing and our sewing machine is my mortal enemy, but I'm always intrigued by all the great stuff people put together and up on the internets so I still haven't given up on sewing and I really hope I will be inspired by all the great costumes that are uploaded here to do some more myself.
I'm also a really picky individual when it comes to style and I don't like most of the stuff shops have to offer me..I want to do everything myself, and I think I've found just the right place for inspiration and tutorials! (:

I like cats, coffee and cigarettes, good music, and art.  Roll Eyes
(Oh and food. I love food.)
Here's a picture of my cat, because I love showing off the stupid little furball. His name is 'Pamacs', which freely translates into something like 'Fluff'.

I really hope I can find some europeans to swap with - or that I will someday have enough money to manage swapping stuff with you guys from anywhere around the world.

I love to chat, so feel free to write me!

And here's one last question: I think I'm retared because I haven't figured it out by myself by now...where can I upload a profile picture? Huh
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Craftster Quickies Video Tutorial - How to make Shrink Plastic Jewelry on: February 25, 2013 05:14:25 AM
I really envy you for these. I tried to make some good ones sooo often and it never worked, somehow I just seem to be unable to make them and our oven is a terrible thing, too...Sad

But now that I've seen your video I will try again!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded Spider Earrings Tutorial (img heavy) on: February 25, 2013 05:12:25 AM
stunningly beautiful!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: spider necklace ^^EDIT!!! with TUTORIAL ^^ on: February 25, 2013 05:10:14 AM
Oh god, why can't I be a patient person...
but I just HAVE to try this.
This is really one of the most impressing jewelery pieces I have ever seen!
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