Saturday, November 8, 2014

Glitter Magnets

Something I've wanted to do for a long time is cast glitter in resin. But, that shit is expensive and my unemployed ass just can't buy what it takes to do it. BUT, there are always cheap-ass alternatives to every craft project, so I'm excited to try this one out. It uses those Dollar Tree marbles and E6000, which I already have in my stash. Add a magnet to the back and you're set!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Top 10 Craft Blogging Tips

The holiday DIY buzz is in full force, and there are hundreds of thousands of blogs, tutorials, Pin-boards and craft ideas getting published everywhere. I've seen some great ones and some shitty-ass ones and I'm sure you have too. 

Are you a crafty person who has a blog? Do you want more traffic to go to your site? Here are 10 tips from me for making yours stand out:

  1. Never open a blog entry with a fucking apology. Don't say, "Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, but my son had an ear infection and my dog needed an operation..." because nobody cares. Truly. Just assume that your readers are happy to have a post from you and get the fuck on with it.
  2. Take awesome pictures. If you are working late at night and are having trouble with your lighting situation, wait til morning and put your project on a table by a goddamn window. Natural light is always best, but if you know what you're doing, you can still get some decent, bright photos in a room without windows.
  3. Don't say, "You really should use [awesome product] but I only have [lame-ass product] at home right now so whatever." You instantly lose credibility. If you only have lame-ass product at home, wait til you can buy the good stuff before you post a fucking tutorial!
  4. Break down your project into 4-6 simple steps. This will help clueless readers keep up and it will help you articulate what you're trying to say.
  5. Take a photo of each step as you are doing it. Take each of those 4-6 photos and put them into one image in Photoshop or other photo-editing software (pixlr.com is free). This exponentially increases your chances of getting Pinned on Pinterest, where ALL the DIY people are posting. Don't forget to put your watermark on it! Pins get re-pinned and re-re-pinned and some bitches don't site the source. Don't let any motherfuckers steal your idea (and don't steal anyone's idea and claim it as your own, you motherfucker).
  6. Use bullet points or number your steps and materials list. Some bitches think it's OK to write in paragraph form and you have to read through how she had to go to the grocery store or remembers some bullshit memory about whatever. Again, nobody fucking cares!
  7. If there is a certain amazing product you like, take a photo of it. This isn't to kiss the company's ass, but to give readers a visual so they know what to look for at the store. Say where you got it, if it comes in different finishes/colors/whatever. If you tried another similar product for that particular project, fucking speak up and say why it didn't work. Keep in mind, that product could be better for a different project so don't say it's fucking worthless unless you know for fucking sure.
  8. Post posts from other posters that you like/admire and remember to put a link to their site. Also, let the person know! He or she would most likely be stoked to know that someone else is passing along their ideas, and if they're cool, they might post one of yours.
  9. Create a Google alert for your name and blog. You will get messages when someone is talking about you or gives you props (or slams you, depending on if you're a shitty blogger or not).
  10. When you're taking a final photo, put the project into context. If it's something you wear, wear it. If it's a toilet paper holder, take a photo in the goddamn bathroom.
What are some of your gripes or props about how-to bloggers?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beauty School Dropout: Dia de los Muertos Dummy

I just got a couple of heads from the beauty school down the street. As you may have guessed, their hair was preeetty fucked up. No worries! We can still use the faces on them, like I did here:

Before
After
I used 3 coats of gesso to get the face super white, then added acrylic paints over it. I used an image search online to find some design ideas to use here and there.

I also stuck on a thrift store wig, because no beauty school dummy should have fucked up hair.

Here are some progress shots:



Tips:

  • It's all about symmetry. When you make a design on one side of the face, do the same thing on the other. Think about a mirror going straight down the middle, between the eyes.
  • Keep your lines organic and flowy, not always straight.
  • Try not to put the same color designs next to each other.
  • I like to pop a design with a highlight, like with the blue lines I did on the sides of the face. I added white to the blue and made a light blue inside line to make it stand out.
  • In your image searches, try typing "_____ tattoo design" (the blank can be rose, flower, etc.).



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paper Mache Sugar Skull

Today I finished a rad sugar skull that I'm pretty fucking happy with. Instead of over-explaining this one, I'm gonna just upload a few pictures and some very simple steps for you to give it a try.

Do it!


1. Mix 1 part flour to 2 parts water. Get all the lumps out.

2. Blow up a balloon (not all the way) and knot it. Cut a book page’s two right-hand corners off. Masking tape it to the balloon to form the jaw.

3. Shred newspaper into strips and dip into flour mixture.

4. Make a mess. Add strips going one direction all over the balloon, tape, and paper.

5. Allow to completely dry.

6. Add more dipped strips, going the opposite direction. Make another mess.

7. Allow to completely dry. Pop the balloon from the bottom with a pin.

8. Smooth all over with sandpaper.

9. Coat with gesso or primer. Allow to dry. Add a second coat and allow to dry.

10. Use an image search to find inspiration for painting the face.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY Fascinator

You guys know I'm a sucker for vintage accessories, right? How about a handmade, upcycled vintage accessory? Umm, fuckin A!

Check out how to make a fascinator from Broke With Designer Taste!