, and I'm going to be linking you to great tutorials that explain how to create 10 different DIY art materials. This is super useful when:
you need art materials fast but the store's closed,
the materials you need are really expensive,
you just want a quick trial of the medium,
the material is not available in your vicinity and you'd have to order it online
you need something cheap, quick and easy for Halloween!
I've got a 'Halloween
' section for each one, which tells you how they can be of use during the season of scares. Without further ado, here they are!
10. Sticker Gum
I've seen a lot of artists make stickers, but sticker paper can be very expensive and sometimes it doesn't last too long. Use these instructions to create your own, depending on how much you'd like them to stick!
My version: I learnt this one during KG summer camp.
Halloween : Use this to make fun ghoulish stickers for neighborhood kids! Can also be used to convert magazine cutouts or printed pictures into scary decorations.
- First, you draw your design on either a piece of paper using color pencils, or a plastic sheet using sketch pens.
- Then, tear off a piece of tape of a similar length and place it over the design.
- Next, press the tape lightly over the design to transfer the design to the tape.
- Lastly, peel the tape off, taking care not to rip off any paper along with it. Voila!
9. Body Paint
Cosplaying and costumery often requires body paint, but safe, non-toxic ones are hard to find when pressed for time. I know 'poster paints' work very well, but can be slightly damaging to skin and aren't as smooth for long wear.
Halloween : Use this when cosplaying a character! Works great for skeletons, I've tried and tested both methods! (Comment if you'd like a picture, I'll send you a stash link with my version)
- Firstly, mix equal parts of Body Lotion and cornstarch in a bowl. Add some vegetable oil for smoothness.
- After that, separate the mixture into different bowls/containers, depending on how many colors you want.
- Next, use the mixture on it's own if you wanted the color white.
- For other colors, mix in either old makeup, homemade vegetable dyes , use my personal tutorial or use Crayola non-toxic paints. Please make sure that they're non-toxic! I've seen tutorials which melt Crayola crayons and use them for coloring, but I haven't tested this myself. I know that would be easy to obtain, though.
Glitter can get expensive sometimes. This really great tutorial shows how to make an 'easy clean' glitter replacement from salt! Blogger Kimberly shows us how to make kid friendly glitter here Halloween : Sweet Lolita / Some cartoon characters could use a lot of glitter. Try a cute twist on your favorite characters! Every character becomes more fabulous with a pinch!
7. Spray Ink - Alcohol BasedThis
is one of the most amazing tutorials I've seen for permanent ink. It has two different versions: a Kool-Aid one, and a Faber-Castell one. Read on for more cool stuff! Halloween : Use this for permanent, hard-to-fade coloring on some clothes items. Works amazing on paper and cardboard, so use it for signs! It creates a really cool 'blood' effect for cloth on fabric and paper, created with 'cherry' version of Kool-Aid.
Stencils are hard to find, especially when you want one in that insignia from that one anime. It's also difficult to copy the same design twice, the same way. Find a $1 plastic folder, place it over a picture of your design, and cut it the way you want! This works really well for designs with more curved lines. For designs with straight lines or with watery paint, use masking tape to create your shape. Halloween : Insignias. Tattoos. Fabric Designs. Group Costumes. The possibilities are endless! Don't waste your energy trying to recreate intricate material, unless you'd like the artistic challenge, of course.
5. Paper Mache Clay
Paper Mache is the kids dream - it allows them to create so much when so young. As artists, we can use our talents and create even more with this tool! I've seen and used amazing recipes from this site
, and dA Artist FireLilyCosplay
has a great tutorial for props! The basic nature of paper mache is using a base (usually cardboard), newspaper and glue to create solid, clay-like material which dries nicely. Halloween : I've seen brilliant paper mache props created by various artists, and I've used it many times myself. It works wonderfully for headpieces, like helmets or hollow masks (Bleach). It can also be used to create decoration inside the house.
4. Air Dry Clay - Bread Based
I once came across this brilliant youtube video which showed me how to create a polymer clay substitute - from bread!
As someone who loves to create small clay trinkets, I know it can be hard to obtain quick substitutes when you just need something to play with. This tutorial is the best solution yet! Here's some stuff I've made which could inspire you: Halloween : Use this for your wildest character needs! It works really well for jewelry and key chains (pictured above), as well as other small trinkets the character may have. Furthermore, it's pretty durable, so no worries about it breaking soon!
3. Shrink Plastic
Shrink Plastic is perfect for creating not-so-tacky jewelry! The in-store version is called 'shrink-dinks', but #6 plastic works really well. This can be used for anything from jewelry to buttons to guitar picks. Just draw on the plastic and bake at 350 degrees! Halloween : For all your jewelry needs.
2. Fabric Paint - Vegan, Non-toxic, Organic Version
For this part, check out my 'Kalamkari' journal for project educate here:
I talk about a wide range of long-lasting, organic dyes! Halloween : Fabric painting is an integral part of many a good costume: use your art skills to their best with dyes suited towards your lifestyle!
1. Fabric Paint
I've read multiple ways of making this. One way is to mix glue with Kool-Aid or any similar food-coloring substance. Another is to mix equal parts of water and milk powder with a bit of color powder. Take a look at this tutorial before trying this out!
And that's it for now! Tell me what you thought of this piece.
Will you be using these media during Halloween? Leave a comment below!