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Having attempted precisely what you’re talking about with watered down acrylics, acrylics with a fabric paint medium, and regular fabric paint… I can say that, in my experience, painting large areas of spandex fabrics generally doesn’t work out well. It’s fine for very small areas or designs and fabric paint markers will actually work well to do fine details. For larger areas you get stuck between getting good paint coverage and loosing the fabric’s stretch, or seeing the base fabric color as the fabric stretches making it look not-quite-right. I have had limited success with watered down fabric paint applied with a spray bottle and stretch knits, but the painted design also allowed for the non-painted areas to compensate for the needed fabric stretch. I also suggest stretching the fabric out while you are painting it and letting it dry to get good coverage on a stretch fabric. I still want to experiment with jacquard paints and airbrushing tools if jacquard doesn’t work.
There are many ways to create raised or beveled details but it really depends on what materials you are comfortable working with. The easiest, in my opinion, is using Worbla to create the differences in depth like this mask here or you can cut out pieces of Worbla and build up layers like in the armor seen here.
You can also use Styrene to achieve the same result. With Styrene though, you’ll have to cut exact pieces to size. I think it’s more work and it’s less forgiving. With Worbla, you can just adhere strips and pieces on as you go, you don’t have to be very exact in applying it to the mask.
Another method is to use hot glue to create your beveled designs. However, unless you have a steady hand, this gets messy and ugly pretty quickly.
In the end it just comes down to what materials you are comfortable working with and what materials are accessible from a money and time perspective.
I’ve got to admit, the attempt to fake wearing high heels has never been a thing that’s come up for me before.
Option 1 - Platforms: Buy platform shoes, Mod Podge the side, paint that differing colors to create the illusion of a heel and then seal the paint job either with more Mod Podge, Plasti Dip, or Varnish. However, you would still be dealing with wearing platforms which while more comfortable than heels will be less-comfortable than flats and awkward to walk in if you’re not used to them because you cannot bend your feet much.
Option 2 - Padding: To make heels comfortable, I advise shoe inserts. You can pick them up at any section that sells shoes. The ones that work best for me are the thick foam numbers that you cut down to fit the inside of your shoe. I generally go for the thicker and softer the pad, the better. The heavily contoured plastic and gel or the ones that only cover part of the shoe tend to lose effectiveness for me after a few hours or give me blisters at the edges of the pad.
If you are worried about a certain are of your foot getting blisters from rubbing against your shoes, Moleskin Padding is your new friend. (You can buy it in the pharmacy section of most stores near the bandaids or shoe inserts and ace bandages. It’s best if applied before you get blisters, cut a piece to side and adhere it directly to your foot (usually the little toe in pointy shoes and the achilles heel are the spots that need it). This acts as a pressure point padding to prevent blisters before they start. It can also alleviate pressure on blisters once you already have them.
Option 3 - Pick your heels wisely: Lower or thicker heels with thicker soles to support the ball of the foot will be significantly easier to walk in and gentler on your feet because the big killers on heels is usually the high angle and the lack of padding. So try shorter and chunkier heels or wedge heels and make sure that front part has more than just a sliver of plastic/rubber/leather/etc between your foot and the floor.
Personally, I tend to try to combine options 2 and 3, but I’m short.
Option 4 - Wear flats and work it: If you are really adverse to wearing heels though, don’t do it. Get a pair of flats and emulate the look of the shoes as if they were flats.
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Wow, we cannot believe we have reached over 400+ followers! Thank you guys for being so awesome and supportive. Because of this, we are doing a giveaway! It’s not much but we figured it will help one of you get started in your cosplay making endeavors.
We are giving away a small sample of friendly plastic (about 3 oz):
And a 12” x 12” sample of Worbla
In order to qualify for this giveaway you must do the following:
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You don’t have to reblog this post tons of times, just once will be enough.
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The deadline to follow us and reblog this post is in 2 weeks: JULY 23 10PM PST.
The last day to reblog for the giveaway is tomorrow!
So rather than break it up into four parts, I thought I’d submit it instead:
April 2014 will be my first time seriously cosplaying, and for my first serious cosplay I have a fem!mostly-human!Toothless in the works (it seems ambitious but I’ve been sewing historical replicas for years). I intend to do a paint on mask for the face, green around the eyes, black around that, however I’ve hit a bit of a snag, you see I live in the same town as the con I’ll be attending so I plan on driving in every day and if I get the job I want, my parking spot will be roughly 5-6 blocks from the convention center. I know my fellow con-goers will be walking equal or longer distances to the center but I’m worried about walking through the center of downtown alone (as I don’t have anyone to go with yet) in the elaborate make up this costume would require. I’m also worried about parental reactions to the make up since their idea of supporting my costume making and wearing is “gung-ho when it’s for the Renaissance Fair, but roll our eyes and scoff any other time” and by “gung-ho” I mean “only roll our eyes a little but that’s how we are with most of the time”. Let’s just say my family has an image issue that I have issues with and that’s not the point. Do you think I should put on what I can at home and take the eye make up with me to do up quick as soon as I get to the con or just go wild at home and deal with the reactions from common folk?
This sort of thing is why we have the submit box open (longer questions and links people wish to send us), so I’m glad you used it. Thank you!
First off, your make-up idea sounds really lovely, I hope it works out well.
With regards to the actual question. It’s always important to first ask yourself:
I don’t want you to do anything that’s too far outside your comfort zone. Cosplay is and should be fun. If you’re really not comfortable wearing the elaborate make up in public, I do not want you to do something that will make you unhappy.
Regarding the second question for yourself, putting the make up on at con versus walking to con while wearing the make up, I want you to make sure you’re considering the other factors involved in both these plans. If this is an elaborate make up, it likely requires a lot of supplies, tools, and time to apply. For at-con application: Is there likely to be a place at con where you can apply this make-up without causing yourself or other con-goers too much trouble? All of the materials will take up space, and you probably won’t want to lug them 5-6 blocks back to your car and end up wearing the make-up in public anyways. Do you have a good, non-cumbersome way to carry the supplies around with you at con all day or a place at the con where you could reliably store them? You will likely end up wearing the make up on the way back to your car regardless, or do you plan to also bring make up remover with you for the end of the day? For pre-con application: it will certainly be more comfortable to apply the make up at a location and set-up you are familiar with (home) and where you can easily get any things you might forget to pack with an at-con application. Walking 5-6 blocks, what will the weather be like? Are you going to sweat and are you using make-up that can handle that?
Just things to consider.
Personally, I would advise applying at home. Make sure to use waterproof make up, setting powders, and/or other make up sealants to ensure the application is solid. If you can get a friend to go with you and make you feel more comfortable, that would be great. If you cannot, don’t sweat it. If people give you odd looks or ask questions either ignore them or tell them you’re headed to a costuming/pop culture convention. Most people are pretty willing and comfortable with accepting that there is basically a big costume party going on nearby. In fact, Xaynie and I usually get responses from random civilians about how it looks like we’re headed to have more fun than they are.
Regarding your parents, think about talking to them and help them understand that the amount of dressing up at a convention is pretty equal to the dressing up as at a renn faire. It’s much the same kind of culture.
Above all, go, be confident, and have fun.