Decorative & Functional

Statler and Waldorf as Golden Age Flash and Green Lantern by Nick Perks
via http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/04/11/the-line-it-is-drawn-185-muppet-mash-ups/

Statler and Waldorf as Golden Age Flash and Green Lantern by Nick Perks

via http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/04/11/the-line-it-is-drawn-185-muppet-mash-ups/

Tentacles make everything taste better! Proud to have some of jenrichardsart art in our house!

Psst — get yours here!  http://society6.com/jenrichards

Tentacles make everything taste better! Proud to have some of jenrichardsart art in our house!

Psst — get yours here!  http://society6.com/jenrichards

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday

Summer 2012, when Creative Loafing Charlotte did a story on cosplay With bonus behind-the-scenes pic from VBGB’s afterwards!

Mad love for my CLT CosPosse: Mike at Cap, DeAnna as Phoenix, and Bob at Bats. And many thanks to Natalie and Graham for the story and photos!

That may have been the last time that Dazzler suit made it out, as metallic spandex deteriorates so quickly…I really need to remake it. [adds to the ever-growing to-do list]

Read the story here: http://clclt.com/charlotte/a-hero-for-us-all-local-cosplayers-take-fashion-to-iconic-heights/Content?oid=2729961

thatdjspider:

Viper WIP - update (commission) Painted the boots using Angelus leather paint in Avocado. It’s my first time using this brand, but Nu-Life didn’t have the shade of green I wanted. Seeing it against the current suit color, I think I’m going to run a dye bath to work with the fabric hue a bit, so it falls a bit better into the overall tonal feel of the cosplay.
Unlike Nu-Life, Angelus is an actual paint vs a spraycan. It’s my first time with it, so I’m not sure how much of an expert I am, but I used a round stipple sponge brush I happened to have on hand, which cut down on the brush strokes. I did light layers and then kind of tapped it across the boot with a light coat to blur the brush stroke effect problem.  I still plan to follow it up with a sealer.
I’m usually good working with Nu-Life, though I tend to get impatient and sometimes overspray, causing that sad drip effect. The key to using either is definitely using a stripper first (I used Nu-Life Color Preparer) as it really kills off any leftover dyes, waxes, polishes, etc, so the aint can adhere directly to the boot.
 I’m told you can use Angelus in an airbrush set up but I’ve never used one, so I don’t know. And while I’d love to be absolutely flawless in my application technique, I’m thinking that unless you’ve got some boot fetish/worship going on, not a lot of people are going to notice a small paint stroke :)
Oh, and always up your guess as to how much paint you’ll need.  I bought the 4oz bottle, and I used close to half of it, so the rest will be used on the belt.

bellechere said: Are both Nu-Life and Angelus only good on leather? Can you paint non-leather boots with them?
These boots are pleather vs real leather.  I’ve used Nu-Life on upholstery materials that were leather-like without issue. I think as long as there’s a texture of some kind, the paint will grip.  I tried to Nu-Life a pair of Funtasma go-go boots, and the results looked like a cracked, barren desert when they stretched :(

thatdjspider:

Viper WIP - update (commission)

Painted the boots using Angelus leather paint in Avocado. It’s my first time using this brand, but Nu-Life didn’t have the shade of green I wanted. Seeing it against the current suit color, I think I’m going to run a dye bath to work with the fabric hue a bit, so it falls a bit better into the overall tonal feel of the cosplay.

Unlike Nu-Life, Angelus is an actual paint vs a spraycan. It’s my first time with it, so I’m not sure how much of an expert I am, but I used a round stipple sponge brush I happened to have on hand, which cut down on the brush strokes. I did light layers and then kind of tapped it across the boot with a light coat to blur the brush stroke effect problem.  I still plan to follow it up with a sealer.

I’m usually good working with Nu-Life, though I tend to get impatient and sometimes overspray, causing that sad drip effect. The key to using either is definitely using a stripper first (I used Nu-Life Color Preparer) as it really kills off any leftover dyes, waxes, polishes, etc, so the aint can adhere directly to the boot.

I’m told you can use Angelus in an airbrush set up but I’ve never used one, so I don’t know. And while I’d love to be absolutely flawless in my application technique, I’m thinking that unless you’ve got some boot fetish/worship going on, not a lot of people are going to notice a small paint stroke :)

Oh, and always up your guess as to how much paint you’ll need.  I bought the 4oz bottle, and I used close to half of it, so the rest will be used on the belt.

bellechere said: Are both Nu-Life and Angelus only good on leather? Can you paint non-leather boots with them?

These boots are pleather vs real leather.  I’ve used Nu-Life on upholstery materials that were leather-like without issue. I think as long as there’s a texture of some kind, the paint will grip.  I tried to Nu-Life a pair of Funtasma go-go boots, and the results looked like a cracked, barren desert when they stretched :(

Viper WIP - update (commission) Painted the boots using Angelus leather paint in Avocado. It’s my first time using this brand, but Nu-Life didn’t have the shade of green I wanted. Seeing it against the current suit color, I think I’m going to run a dye bath to work with the fabric hue a bit, so it falls a bit better into the overall tonal feel of the cosplay.
Unlike Nu-Life, Angelus is an actual paint vs a spraycan. It’s my first time with it, so I’m not sure how much of an expert I am, but I used a round stipple sponge brush I happened to have on hand, which cut down on the brush strokes. I did light layers and then kind of tapped it across the boot with a light coat to blur the brush stroke effect problem.  I still plan to follow it up with a sealer.
I’m usually good working with Nu-Life, though I tend to get impatient and sometimes overspray, causing that sad drip effect. The key to using either is definitely using a stripper first (I used Nu-Life Color Preparer) as it really kills off any leftover dyes, waxes, polishes, etc, so the aint can adhere directly to the boot.
 I’m told you can use Angelus in an airbrush set up but I’ve never used one, so I don’t know. And while I’d love to be absolutely flawless in my application technique, I’m thinking that unless you’ve got some boot fetish/worship going on, not a lot of people are going to notice a small paint stroke :)
Oh, and always up your guess as to how much paint you’ll need.  I bought the 4oz bottle, and I used close to half of it, so the rest will be used on the belt.

Viper WIP - update (commission)

Painted the boots using Angelus leather paint in Avocado. It’s my first time using this brand, but Nu-Life didn’t have the shade of green I wanted. Seeing it against the current suit color, I think I’m going to run a dye bath to work with the fabric hue a bit, so it falls a bit better into the overall tonal feel of the cosplay.

Unlike Nu-Life, Angelus is an actual paint vs a spraycan. It’s my first time with it, so I’m not sure how much of an expert I am, but I used a round stipple sponge brush I happened to have on hand, which cut down on the brush strokes. I did light layers and then kind of tapped it across the boot with a light coat to blur the brush stroke effect problem.  I still plan to follow it up with a sealer.

I’m usually good working with Nu-Life, though I tend to get impatient and sometimes overspray, causing that sad drip effect. The key to using either is definitely using a stripper first (I used Nu-Life Color Preparer) as it really kills off any leftover dyes, waxes, polishes, etc, so the aint can adhere directly to the boot.

I’m told you can use Angelus in an airbrush set up but I’ve never used one, so I don’t know. And while I’d love to be absolutely flawless in my application technique, I’m thinking that unless you’ve got some boot fetish/worship going on, not a lot of people are going to notice a small paint stroke :)

Oh, and always up your guess as to how much paint you’ll need.  I bought the 4oz bottle, and I used close to half of it, so the rest will be used on the belt.

Another #TipTuesday for you: I am never using those tubes of lash glue again.  On a recommendation from a burly-Q friend, I picked up this Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive, which has a brush like a liquid eyeliner, vs that squirty tube that blorts out more glue than I need (I generally ended up dipping a toothpick into the glue blob and then spreading it on the lash). This was much easier to apply, and MUCH neater. I was worried that the amount of glue the brush put on the lashes wouldn’t be enough (it looked so thin), but it took less time to get tacky enough to apply, and they stayed on for 12 hours of Con chaos. This is my new favorite thing for my “eye moustaches” (as my boyfriend calls them), and I had to share because I know a lot of us get so frustrated by the silly things, but they really do make a difference in how your cosplay or costume photographs.

Another #TipTuesday for you: I am never using those tubes of lash glue again.

On a recommendation from a burly-Q friend, I picked up this Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive, which has a brush like a liquid eyeliner, vs that squirty tube that blorts out more glue than I need (I generally ended up dipping a toothpick into the glue blob and then spreading it on the lash). This was much easier to apply, and MUCH neater.

I was worried that the amount of glue the brush put on the lashes wouldn’t be enough (it looked so thin), but it took less time to get tacky enough to apply, and they stayed on for 12 hours of Con chaos.

This is my new favorite thing for my “eye moustaches” (as my boyfriend calls them), and I had to share because I know a lot of us get so frustrated by the silly things, but they really do make a difference in how your cosplay or costume photographs.

Here’s a bonus #TipTuesday for you because this just happened to me… All of those tutorials and pages you bookmark? Print them out old-school or save a copy to your hard drive somewhere (with a copy of the original link in the text somewhere, or at least a note about who to credit for the info, in case you share it with someone else… let’s make sure the source of your new found skill gets tha luv! ♥) I’m using a binder right now myself. Because you never know when a page will go down and that key bit of information will vanish into the the black…

Here’s a bonus #TipTuesday for you because this just happened to me…

All of those tutorials and pages you bookmark? Print them out old-school or save a copy to your hard drive somewhere (with a copy of the original link in the text somewhere, or at least a note about who to credit for the info, in case you share it with someone else… let’s make sure the source of your new found skill gets tha luv! ♥) I’m using a binder right now myself.

Because you never know when a page will go down and that key bit of information will vanish into the the black…

#TipTuesday This is kind of brilliant, if you’ve ever been stuck sewing in the car on the way to a Con!http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2014/02/suction-cup-sponge-holderto-car-sewing.html#more

#TipTuesday

This is kind of brilliant, if you’ve ever been stuck sewing in the car on the way to a Con!

http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2014/02/suction-cup-sponge-holderto-car-sewing.html#more