Tutorial Flies When You`re Having Fun

February 26, 2012 § 6 Comments

So… I’m going to be honest and say that I’m running low on tutorials. I wasn’t exactly thinking about making tutorials when I was designing/making some of my projects, which are now done. So while I compose tutorials for my completed projects; I will list some of my favourite tutorials out there that I’m hoping on conquering in the future.

Oh yeah here’s the twist, none of them would be t-shirt or clothing related tutorials. How do you like them apples? As the saying goes.

Firstly I would like to introduce a website that is filled with inspiring members that has helped with some of my projects. Cut Out + Keep has members just like me, members with a lot of ideas and projects that needs to be shared to the world. I found this first project there:

The Floating Book Shelf or simply as the ‘book shelf’ as I call it because, well… it`s literally a shelf made out of books. Not only is the shelf concept so amusing, the creator left a little surprise in the midst of it all. To check out the tutorial, go ahead and click here.

Second on the list comes from the exact same site. This one, let`s just say, blew my mind. Not only was it such an amazing design, but it was so amazingly well made. I was envious of the creator, and how could I not be when it comes to lamps lighting features. I`m not usually into lamps, as it is called, but this Tetris Lamp just pulls on those nostalgic( or maybe even not so nostalgic) heart strings. So just check the tutorial out and tell me that it isn`t brilliant.

Since I`m already talking about lamps I might as well list this super awesome, and not to mention super cheap lamp, based on this slightly more awesome lamp that is not so super cheap. It is the Alien Abduction Lamp. The creation of the tutorial for the replica lamp was actually because of a contest. The goal was to make a home decor for $5 or less. So it`s cheap and easy to make, so check out the tutorial right now.

*note: As stated in the tutorial, this project is for personal use only and not for copying and selling.

The last tutorial on the list is a video tutorial. This is for boring walls, and walls that`s to be left alone. The Wall Decal tutorial by Threadbanger.com will bring life to any room. Like I said and what will be later said in the video is that, this decal can be taken off. So no wall should be safe from getting decorated.

If you stayed and actually read through this whole post I thank you, and I hope that you find some inspiration and maybe even want to try one or all four of the projects. Happy crafting.


Thank You Ms. Jo For An Obsession.

February 12, 2012 § 9 Comments

So it continues…

Based on my first post, everyone should know I was obsessed with t-shirts.  This post is a little later on down the road when my obsession has somewhat subsided, a few years later or so. This time though a shirt was born because of my new obsession… The Harry Potter books. I don’t know what happened but when I picked up that first book; it engulfed me in a whole ‘nother world (My prior attempts at conquering the master piece of Rowling’s was a failure and it just seemed so dull). I read so rapidly and it just engulfed me further and further down the rabbit hole Chamber of Secrets. It came to a point where I was picturing scenes as I read them like I was actually watching it, because of that I still at times cannot differentiate what’s in the book and what’s in the movie.

So what’s better than rekindling an old obsession with a new one? I still want a shirt that’s unique and has a strong reference to the novel that only true fans of Harry Potter (not only the movie) will understand. At that time, the premier for the 6th movie was close at hand so I decided to pick a spell that was supposed to be used in that book, Sectumsempra. Too lazy to read the description of the spell? Well basically the spell cuts a foe as if by an invisible sword.

So just like from the previous post, you may just skip through the whole how-to to see the final product. I’ll be explaining a bit about some parts of the design as well.

Project requirments:
  • Plain tee
  • Black fabric paint
  • Red fabric paint
  • Sheets of paper
  • Exacto knife
  • Paint brush

Start by printing the “Sectumsempra” in one of the sheet of paper as the template. Use the picture provided to make your life easier.

Now repeat the first step with “is a very messy spell”. Use the picture provided to make your life easier. Side note, this should be printed just more than half the height of the first template to emphasize the spell. *Side, side note, this part is kind of a twisted joke because bleeding is bit messy.

Now using the exacto knife, carefully cut the letters out to make the stencil.

Now place a bit of the black fabric paint into a small bowl. In this case I used the cap of the paint. Now add a few drops of water into the cap to thin the paint a bit. This will make painting easier.

Trace the stencil on to the shirt. Do this for both stencils. Fill in the letters with the black paint.

Do the same thing to the red paint by adding a bit of water to it. This part is to paint gashes like design referencing to the result of the spell. Just go crazy. Splatter the paint all over the shirt. If you’re not feeling crazy, then just use the picture provided to help you paint the gash looking design.

After, let the paint dry and follow further instructions based on the fabric paint bottle and there you go. An awesome Harry Potter inspired shirt. Now you are a walking example of why you should never meddle in the Dark Arts.

Happy Horcrux hunting

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