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Friday, 28 February 2014

A Return To Creativity

So I know it has been a little quiet round here lately...

*watched tumble-weed blow by*

...as I was saying it's been quiet.

I mainly blame my PS3 (and the masses of awesome games out there).

But anyway, you may remember me mentioning that I was redecorating my bedroom.

Well the wall I've painted is a nice colour but it is a little bare.

So I started looking at some wall art... you know those canvas' with cityscapes or flowers on them.

The thing is all the ones I liked the look of were expensive and all the cheaper ones weren't my cup of tea.

So I've decided to make my own. I just happen to have a canvas lying around (as you do). So I've been collecting pictures off the internet for inspiration.

This sort of thing:


As you may be able to tell, I like butterflies and I like purple.

So at the moment I've just got a few scribbled thumb nails while I work out how I want the picture to look.

Hopefully I'll be able to update you on this project soon.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Creatively Speaking - How A Vorpal Blade Was Made

I recently received a comment on my other blog asking for step by step instructions on how I made my vorpal blade when I cosplayed as Alice (which I reposted on this blog).

It wasn't all that difficult really (although I had problems towards the end). But here it is step by step (I can't show you exactly step by step without making another one so I'll be recycling the original photos).

So this is what the vorpal blade, from the game, should look like:


 So to start with I cut a piece of foam board (but cardboard would work just as well) in to the shape of a slightly over sized chef's knife.

Then I covered it all in a couple of layers of papier-mache. Covering the blade part is simple enough.





I used more papier-mache to bulk out the handle and to create the guard, where the handle and the blade meet. Just make your papier-mache more like pulp and add to those areas until you have them in the desired shape (you could also use bits of cardboard to bulk out the handle). Then go back to your more strip-like papier-mache over the top to kind of secure it while it dries.


Once it had dried and I was sure I was happy with the handle shape I did another layer of papier-mache only this time I used kitchen roll - this was so the newspaper didn't show through when I painted it.

My camera clearly didn't like my duvet cover
Then it was time for painting. I used acrylic paints (only cheap tubes of acrylic paint - nothing fancy). I mixed a couple of different browns together for the handle. I originally tried using a metallic silver acrylic for the blade but it didn't show up very well. So I mixed up a grey, painted it in that and then went over it in the silver.

For some reason I didn't take a photo of the blade after painting but before adding the patterns.

I managed to find some close up images of the blade online to copy the patterns from. I vaguely sketched out the pattern (I had to do that in pen as pencil didn't show up properly - hence me vaguely sketching it).

Then I drew the pattern on in silver and gold permanent markers - drawing the pattern on the blade was easier than the handle owing to the blade being flat. I also went along the edge of the knife (the bit that would be sharp) in silver marker pen.


Again following online images I copied the blood splatter on to the knife using acrylic paint (this was a crimsony colour that I mixed the tiniest bit of blue in to to make it look more like blood.

Then I covered the whole thing in a thin layer of pva glue... which is where my problems began.

It doesn't look so bad in this photo but once the glue had dried the marker pen seemed to fade or come off altogether. So on some areas of the blade I painted the grey back over the glue and touched up the pattern again, and then added more glue.

I couldn't be bother to redo the patterns on the handle (but my hand would be covering that, most of the time, so it didn't really matter).

I think that is all I did.

Any questions?

Saturday, 1 February 2014

NaNoWriMo Countdown



January went by quickly didn’t it?

There are now:

272 Days

to go until the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2014!