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Emerald City Comic con 2013: Jade + Grandpa Harley by ~strawberrymilkchan

Cosplay. Bringing families together.

I think the resemblance between them is the best part.

Because that’s her actual grandfather. He goes with her to most cons she attends but really just calmly makes his way around the con, not really stopping to talk to people or anything. Just observing, letting her run off and do her own thing but still staying around if he’s needed. I see him at all the cons her and I both attend and I think it’s the coolest thing; I’m not sure if he knows me but he always meets my gaze and gives me the tiniest bit of a smile and a head nod. I barely notice it most times but it’s just become routine. I’ve never spoken to him but he is an amazing man.

You seriously have the best blog and I'm so happy that there are people out there that are as enthusiastic about cosplay as you are. I want to get just as skilled as you in the art of cosplay ^_^

Oh thank you so much! Honestly I just love cosplaying but most of the things on this blog are from other very talented people, I just want to give them credit and to let other people who love cosplaying see how they can make their favorite characters come to life. :)


i see a bunch of cosplayers with really odd looking attempts at freckles, and every cosplay is beautiful and to each their own ,but i think this tutorial on freckles is really awesome and looks really nice (and pretty natural)

Left 4 Dead Witch Hands


Things you shall need:

+ Masking Tape
+ Thin wire that you can bend easily
+ Napkins
+ Acrylic paints: Black, Burgundy, Red, and one that resembles your skin tone
+ Scissors
+ (Optional) Faux Blood

Step One: Making the Fingers

Picture of Making the Finger
Here, you shall need the Napkin (One), the Wire (However long you want, but the witch has long finger-claws), and the Masking Tape.

For napkins, you can use any type, really. I used the kind that they have at cheap restaurants: the rectangular kind with the fold down the center of its length. I taped the wire that I had already cut to my desired length down the middle, length-wise. Leave a little bit hanging out of the bottom, this little ‘tail’ of wire will come in handy later. Also, leave a longer ‘tail’ coming out from the top. This will serve as an ending point that isn’t as wide as the finger part, because it’ll be the sharp claw.

Once you have finished taping the wire to the napkin, roll the napkin starting from one side of the width, going all the way to the other side. It’ll only take a few turns, but you can make the fingers any width you want to fit your own fingers well.

Tape the rolled napkin closed so that you can continue. Now, using short strips of the masking tape (short strips are easier to work with), tape the entire finger [Image 2]. Bend the wire as you tape it all, bending at the joints where they would normally be, as if these were real fingers (She was human once, after all). Lave the bottom tail of wire sticking out, still. Make the top pointy by gradually making the finger thinner as you near the top.

Cut two smallish slits into the sides at the bottom, going from the bottom to top, not side-to-side. By doing this, it will ensure snugness when the claws are on. Try it on, and adjust to your comfort as needed. [Image 3]
Step Two: Painting
Picture of Painting
Once you are done making the claws, which I suggest you do all at once, arrange them in a way in which you can paint them and let them dry.

Start by painting the entire length of the finger with your skin-tone paint. Before it dries, layer the other colored paints on top. Use black heavily on the tip and fade it out as you move down. Mix in some burgundy, and little bits of the red. While it is still wet, you can add some of the fake blood. It will dry. This is okay. It will add a sort of dried blood effect, and you can always reapply blood when you want them to be gory.

As for paintbrushes: I literally using paper napkins. I just kind of crimped them in my hand and applied the paint with that. Once the paper started getting soggy, it starting to add a GREAT and gross texture to the claws. Kind of like little clumps of warts.

After you have finished painting them, let them dry completely. If using acrylic paints, it won’t take long.
Step Three: Finish up
Picture of Finish Up! :D
Once you are completely ready to sport your deadly claws, you will need some help from someone. You can assure them that it won’t be back breaking labor. ;)

Fit your fingers into the claws, but if the hardened paint is making it too difficult, feel free to cut the slits from before a bit more. Fit them over your fingers with the bottom tail of wire on the top of your finger. tape the claw closed unto your finger as far as you want (you want these to be comfortable, after all!). Do not tape so harshly that your fingers are dying from lack of blood flow, though. I don’t want you guys to lose your fingers, and I don’t think you would want that either.

On mine, the thumb is bent a bit too much near the base, but I can fix that up in a jiffy once I put them on for good with my witch costume.

After taping the claws onto your fingers, using the skin toned paint, paint from the base of the claw onto your finger and hand until it fades out into your actual skin color. Next do the same with the black and burgundy. And blood! You can add some more blood to the claws once you are completely finished so that you can boast about your most recent survivor kill.

I truly hope you enjoyed my tutorial on L4D’s Witch hands/claws! :D

Megacon 2014 Lady Cosplay
I’ll be posting how to make Kalina Ann soon

Tutorial: Xaldin’s Lance

Round 1: Drawing out the blades
What you need:
1 Dark pencil
Permanent marker
Reference images

1.1. - Lay down the newspaper on the dining room table. Double layered so that the marker doesn’t go onto the table. Smooth it out if necessary.
1.2. - Have your reference images at the ready. Have them directly beside the newspaper, so you can keep looking to them.
1.3. - Using the dark pencil (I recommend a 6B) sketch out the blades, making them about the same size. For the blade that resembles a cross, draw half of it, then fold it over, and draw on the opposite side that you initially did the over-draw with the permanent marker. Open and draw over that again. Make sure to do final outlining using the permanent marker. (Use the dowelling for the staff so you know how wide you need to make the base)
1.4. - Cut out the shapes! Don’t cut along the marker line! Cut outside them, so that you won’t ruin your lines, and you have a minimal amount of excess.

Round 2: The staff-part of the lance (Easiest part of the whole thing)
What you need:
1 piece of dowelling (must be to about the middle of your chest, and fit nicely in your hand)
Paint - white, yellow, light blue, aqua, and purple
Newsprint (like the kind art students use) or poster board (you can get it at the dollar store)
Foam brushes (in 3 sizes)

2.1. - Take the dowelling, and using the permanent marker you used to draw the blades, mark off where you’re going to have the yellow pieces that are on the staff-part of the lance. Go all the way around! Use the references.
2.2. - Take the white paint, and paint from one mark to the other, going all the way around. Wait for it to dry. (drying time varies on the brand) When dry, do a second coat.
2.3. - Now, mix the light blue, aqua, and white. Add a small amount of the purple. Mix accordingly until you have a colour that you think is closest to what is in your reference. Dark colours often ruin the appeal of the lance.
2.4. - Paint one end of the dowelling, but don’t paint over the flat end! It’s a very bad idea! Wait for it to dry. Do a second coat if necessary. Repeat at the other end.
2.5. - Once all painting on the wood is finished, take the newsprint (or poster board) and cut strips that are about 2 inches wide, going the long way down the sheet. Place the middle of the piece at the point where your white meets blue, and start wrapping. Wrap tightly! Once that is done, use tape to secure. So that the newsprint/poster board does not slide, use hot glue on the inside to secure it! Do this for the other end as well.

Round 3: Cutting out the blades
What you need:
Scroll saw or zip saw (if you have never used either, ask an adult for help | Note: if you don’t have one of either, but a friend does, ask to use theirs)
1 large piece of wood that is the thickness of your dowelling (make sure it’s big enough to fit both blades)
Carbon paper

3.1. - DO THIS BEFORE ANYTHING WITH THE BLADES IF YOU’RE GOING TO USE A SCROLL SAW!!! Adjust the height of the control, and speed so that it will work best with the wood that you’ve chosen, and it’s thickness! IF USING A ZIP SAW - Make sure the blade isn’t going to break!
3.2. - Put the wooden board down and place the carbon paper over top of it. Place your newspaper drawing over top, and start tracing. Move the carbon paper beneath as needed, or, have several sheets underneath. Do with both blades, making sure that they don’t overlap.
3.3 - Start up the scroll saw/zip saw. Be very careful while cutting. Especially if you’re using a zip saw. Go slowly. Do NOT rush. It can only go wrong if you do.
3.4. - Sand the edges after cutting. Smooth is best!

Round 4: Painting the blades
What you need:
Paint - white, light blue, aqua, purple, and deep blue
Sponge brushes

4.1. - Paint the entire thing white. Do 2 coats. Do one side at a time.
4.2. - While the second coat is drying of the second side, do the same mixture you did for the end of the staff-part. Go a little darker.
4.3. - On one of the sides of each blade, do a fade from the darkest of your mixture to white. Make sure you get all the in-between colours. Doesn’t matter if the colour goes over the edge a bit, you’ll clean that up later. But do wipe off big globs. Only one coat is needed for each.
4.4. - Redo the white around the side. Do a small amount of white overtop of your mixed portion. Will make the lance more accurate.
4.5. - Last painting step. Take the deep blue, and do the triangular colour that’s at the base. The references will be handy for this. Use a normal paintbrush, a 4 Round should do.

Round 5: Attaching the blades to the staff-part (this can be tricky)
Piece of dowelling (that is the same width/size as the drill-bit)
Wood glue
Finishing nails (yes, you NEED them; believe me, you do!)
Hammer (for the nails)

5.1. - First, mark the middle point of the dowelling and the blades. What’s where you’re going to drill. Do for both ends. Take the drill, and drill into the dowelling, and into the blades where you’ve marked. Now, take the piece of dowelling, and figure out how much you need for each end.
5.2. - Put some woodglue inside the hole in the staff, and put the dowelling in. I suggest a wood glue that doesn’t require pressure to work. You don’t wanna be standing there for an hour.
5.3. - Once the dowelling is secure, put wood glue in the first blade, and place it onto the end. Do one blade at a time.
5.4. - After an hour has passed for the first blade, do the second. Make sure though that it’s going to be at the same plane as your first one.
5.5. - Now that both blades are attached, put in the finishing nails. BE VERY CAREFUL! Put two finishing nails on each side (as in the flat sides that have the change from colour to white) and one at each edge. I say one at each edge, because you could split the wood with more than one. Be very careful with the edges, more so than the flat sides. Believe me, it could spell trouble @_@ Do for both blades.

Round 6: Final touch
What you need:
Newsprint (or poster board)
Paint - yellow
Wood glue

6.1. - First, make your strips. But only make them an inch long. Cut length-ways again.
6.2. - Take the wood glue, and smear it all over the end of the strip. Continue to do so until you have a small amount left of the strip. Secure with tape. Allow to dry for an hour. Then, do the other end the same way.
6.3. - Now, painting! Using a small brush, very carefully paint the strips yellow. Make sure it’s the same shade of yellow you used for the initial two strips. Wait for them to dry.

And voilá! Your very own lance for a Xaldin cosplay! Or, if you just want to have his lance because you think they’re cool XD

If you have any questions, ask. I will try to answer them as best I can. And keep in mind, I don’t know everything regarding the use of the saws, or drills.

But to get some questions out of the way:
Q: Is it going to be heavy doing it this way?
A: Nope! Not at all! The one I made for my friend was very light!

Q: How tall can it be?
A: All mostly depends on your height and the size you make the blades. If you make one for another person, find out the height of the middle of their chest so you know how big the dowelling for the staff has to be.

Q: Where can I get materials:
A: I got my dowelling and wood at Home Depot. Newsprint came with the flyers, but you can get it or poster board at the dollar store. And you don’t need fancy paint for when painting it.

Q: What kind of wood glue would be good to use?
A: I used Gorilla, but you can ask at any place where they sell would if they have it, or another good strong brand if they don’t have it.


Cosplay Year 2013 - Kayleigh Edition

I thought it would be nice to show a collection of my Cosplays 2013. Not many as you can see. But many girls - which is unusual for me. From Saruhiko to Ranka, Aika and… yeah soon-to-be-Levi. :) 

For those who are interested: There is more to find -> follow majinxkayleigh

(picture 6 is taken and edited by Kashikosa)


A few of you asked me how to do colored brows after I posted my rainbow eyebrow look so here’s how! :)

  1. Fill in your eyebrow with white liner. I used an Elf Eye Liner.
  2. Brush your eyebrow out with a spooly brush. This will remove any excess liner and coat all the hairs.
  3. Apply eyeshadow to your eyebrow in the desired color with a stiff angled brush. I used a matte eyeshadow from the Shany Bold and Bright 120 Eyeshadow Palette and a MAC 266SE brush.
  4. Clean up any mistakes with a Q-tip, apply the rest of your eye makeup and then you’re done, it’s that simple!

Embroidery 101


When working on elaborate costumes with little resources, one easy way to give an otherwise drab garment an authentic look is EMBROIDERY.Even if it requires a certain amount of time, (this is NOT GOOD for last-minute cosplays) when done properly, even if it’s not perfectly, embroidery is 100% worth it.

WHAT YOU (really) NEED:

  1. Fabric to embroider on
  2. An idea
  3. Some EMBROIDERY thread (sewing thread will look weird in most cases, it’s only 1 strand while embroidery thread has 6, ya dig? 1 strand of embroidery thread is good for details.)
  4. An embroidery hoop (THIS IS CRUCIAL. Embroidering WITHOUT a hoop is totes cray. I have a preference for plastic, but wood works fine. 6 inches is probably the most versatile format, but smaller ones are good for tiny pieces.)
  5. A NEEDLE (any kind, but preferably ones made for embroidery)
  6. Patience
  7. Some basic hand-sewing skills

There are a million ways to embroider and a lot of them aren’t exactly easy to do for someone with basic hand-sewing skills like the ones I required from you, but I believe that straight stitches and patience can bring great results. A technique I’ve used in the past (example here) is pretty simple, though, even if time-consuming. I simply draw or print what I want to embroider, then trace it on a piece of tracing paper that I then attach to the fabric with a few stitches before installing my embroidery hoop.

Then, with COURAGE, PASSION and DEDICATION (or while marathoning a good TV show), I fill in all the lines with black thread (or any other colour that I’ll use for the outline), piercing through the paper with my needle, and when finished, CAREFULLY detaching the paper, tearing it delicately with a needle and extracting the tiny pieces that are left (if any) with tweezers. I then proceed to filling the spaces with the coloured thread of my choice and finish by going over the stronger outlines that need to be highlighted. This technique is good for precise, or relatively small images as it gives you the ability to reproduce an image almost exactly. Ta-da!

If you’ve never embroidered or sewn before (or if you think I’m crazy for doing it this way, even if embroidery is always slow, unless done by machine) I recommend this simple, illustrated tutorial by Hannah of Rookie Magazine that’ll help you get the basics and learn the very cute and very easy SLIP STITCH that will look good on any medieval or fantasy costumes! Think gold thread, leaves, vines, coat of arms!

These Miu Miu slippers would be NOTHING without gold thread embroidery! (ok, ok, they would still be miu miu slippers but hey that’s not the point)

One thing about Hannah’s tutorial: She recommends using sturdy fabric as it will make your work less messy. This is absolutely true, BUT if you need to embroider on thin or fragile fabric, you can, if you use interfacing, which is a thin sheet of fabric that you can iron on the back of your project to make it more stable and embroidery-friendly. It will look horrible on sheer or see-through fabric, though, and will stiffen a very flowing garment. I recommend testing it first on a scrap piece of fabric and cutting the parts that aren’t embroidered as they aren’t useful. Using interfacing is actually very important if you’re embroidering clothing, especially if it’s tight.

I hope I haven’t scared you, embroidery is a lot of fun, it looks terrifically good and it’s way cheaper than knitting. If you have any questions, I’ll be here, so ask away! Happy embroidery!

Marie of cosplay101tips

Image credit: i took this and added comic sans don’t sue me plz. the miu miu pic is from here and the grinch is mine.