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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater...Tutorial added per reques on: October 23, 2008 09:00:16 AM
I'm glad it's ok!  Here's a tutorial for my version.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater...Tutorial added per reques on: October 22, 2008 07:00:45 AM
Thank you, thank you!  As soon as I saw this I had a fever to go to Goodwill and make use of your totally clever tutorial.

I came home with this:

and am wearing this to work today:

(Although actually I took off the midriff belt and I look like this.)  All the photos are here.  Do you mind if I post a derivative of your tutorial on my blog, giving you full credit of course?
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Acrylic paint on skin? on: October 29, 2007 08:06:35 AM
Did people "get" what you were? That is my biggest concern...

Erm, no.  They thought I was a zombie.  When I explained it they thought it was cool.  If you're going 1950s Pleasantville I think that will click with a lot more people without you having to explain since most everyone's seen the movie.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mr. Big and The Cheat as Han Solo and Chewie on: October 29, 2007 08:05:04 AM
That is fabulous.  I cannot get over the chewbacca costume, it's so adorable!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Star of the Silver Screen--Black and White film actress Louise Brooks (pics) on: October 28, 2007 12:00:07 PM
Thanks to the advice I got here I ended up painting my skin gray with watercolors (gesso as a base with a little bit of lamp black watercolor).  It was great!  Once it was dry it didn't wipe off too much, and it was easy to take off with soap and water.

I made the dress, the shrug, the purse, and the gloves.  I also painted the fan and dyed the stockings.

And here I am compared to Louise Brooks

I didn't attempt to be 1920s historically accurate because I only had one week to make the costume, but the feel is similar.

There are a ton more pictures on my flickr.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Acrylic paint on skin? on: October 28, 2007 11:54:32 AM
I didn't get a chance to go to the art supply store for gouache, but I already had gesso and watercolor (why didn't I think watercolor before I thought acrylic?).  I mixed a tiny bit of black into white gesso, watered it down, and painted on.  I didn't do a great job getting it even--I should have "primed" my skin with something but I don't know what.  But it definitely did the job and was much more comfortable and stayed put better than grease paints.  It washed right off in the shower with soap and water and I'm not broken out and my skin seems fine.

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Smurftasticly Smurfalicious on: October 26, 2007 08:44:05 AM
That is really adorable.  Fleece was an excellent choice!  I especially love how the bangs are sort of...spirally?  Can't think of a word!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (almost done!) on: October 26, 2007 08:06:14 AM
Holy Eff!  That's amazing.  I can't wait to see the whole thing.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Acrylic paint on skin? on: October 26, 2007 08:02:48 AM
use gouache!

Its basically a highly concentrated watercolour that can be opaque or sheer. A large tube of student quality gouache shouldnt run too expensive (mine were 12$ each for 220 ml, which stretches a looooong way)

i just covered my whole arm in a slightly diluted grey gouache to test it, and it feels a lot more breathable than acrylic or latex. It has a nice matte finish to it, which is very similar to a black and white movie.

I applied it with a wide paintbrush and dabbed it in with a  makeup sponge.

You are so awesome doing a test run for me!  Thank you!  I will see if I can get to an art supply store today.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: halloween DISASTER... please help :( on: October 25, 2007 11:03:04 AM
I'm with you.  I don't like looking scary or dead, I just like to be pretty.  I think a fun scary but pretty costume would be a willis/wilis--one version of their legend is that they are young women who were betrayed and murdered on the night before their weddings, so to be able to marry their loves they come to them as spirits and dance them to death.  You'd just have to be all white and airy and a little bridal.  But you'd still be a character who kills people so that's scary, right?

ooh.. I've never heard of that.. is that an american thing, or global? as I'm from the UK, I don't wanna show up and no one have a clue what or who I am if you get me Wink thanx for the ideas though, keep them coming Tongue

Lou xxx

i've never heard of it either, but you could still just go as a murderous bride. get a thrift store bridal gown, or make an easy white dress, dye it in tea or coffee, and then splatter blood on it. make a beige veil and rip holes, and make your bouquet out of black fake roses and a fake knife for the handle. white face, red lips, ratty uncombed hair  Cheesy

It's definitely one of the lesser known folk stories.  It was in a book I had as a kid and I actually dressed as one when I was in 3rd grade.  In my book they were called Valkyries, but reading about valkyries on wikipedia I realized that wasn't right so I googled around until I came up with the proper name.  Probably nobody but me would know what it is, but it doesn't take too long to explain.
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