DIY: Faun Horns

Faun Horns

I’ve made horns with tin foil, papier mâché, glue guns, and now  I’ll show you how to make them with an amazing new material called Polymorph. I found out about this around six months ago when I saw a friend of mine post a video on Face Book, and since then I’ve been itching to make some props with them!

If you want to you can even re-heat the plastic after you’ve used it and remould it

I also recently got my hands on some texture spray paint for when I was making my Attack on Titan wall, and it worked perfectly for the horns. Unfortunantly I can only really recommend an enamel or a spray paint for this. Regular acrylic paint doesn’t stick very well on the surface, but if you don’t want to invest in some new paints regular nail varnish is a good dupe.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

The Easiest Glue Gun Masquerade Mask Ever

Mask DIY

This week I wanted to show you what can be done with just a glue gun (well…and a little paint and glitter). I made a filagree masquerade mask a while ago, but this one is a little more filled in and with a tiny bit more glitter involved.

If you want you could combine it with my Leaf Mask and have one side how I demonstrated in this tutorial, and then the other side taper out into leaves (which you could also paint different colours). Or you could make the base of the mask with just a glue stick and then layer other things like sequins and pressed leaves on top.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY: Capricorn/Octopus Horns


Just when I think I’m starting to run out of ideas for horn DIY’s I get another weird idea popping into my head. I mentioned last week that I didn’t see the point of making a tail for the Capricorn makeup since you would only really see my face, so I decided to include the more aquatic aspects of Capricorn on my head instead.

If you haven’t seen the makeup tutorial for Capricorn you can see it here

In the tutorial I uses a mixture of a few different spray paints. Surprisingly, out of the massive amount of different coloured spray paint I own, I don’t have an opalecent spray paint. If I did that would have made painting these a lot easier, but feel free to improvise with the colours you use. Like I’ve mentioned before in a lot of my tutorials, you don’t have to use exactly what I use.

Horns 2

Now that I’ve started down the route of animal themed horns I think I should have a lovely reserve of ideas for future DIY’s. Stag antlers have been on my list for a while now, and I actually need to make them for a halloween look I have planned, but after that I’m thinking snake horns and possibly even some bird themed head pieces…

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY: Roses Headband

Roses DIY Headband

I almost feel bad about this tutorial just because it’s so easy to do. All you need is a headband, a glue gun, maybe a little bit of mesh and ten minutes. But so many of you asked for a tutorial after my Death tutorial I thought I might have a riot on my hands if I didn’t upload the tutorial.

I used real dried roses, but if you want the headband to last you can use fake flowers instead

I’ve had these flowers drying on my desk for a few weeks now just for this tutorial. In the end the headband looked awesome, but bare in mind that real flowers are delicate and a crown like this will crumble eventually.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY: Leaf Masquerade Mask

Forest Masquerade

I know I use glue guns a lot, but when you can make masks like this quickly (and cheaply) can you honestly blame me? Next week I’ll be showing you how to make a masquerade mask with just a glue gun and paint, but this week we’ll be including one extra item into the tutorial. A silicone cake decoration mould.

I managed to resist the temptation this week, but if you’re a magpie like me feel free to add a couple of rhinestones to the mask. Especially around the edges

Also with autumn coming up you could also make a mask like this, but paint it different colours, reds, yellows, golds. There are hundreds of combinations you could do! Maybe even go for a psychedelic neon combination if you want something a bit unusual.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY Shell Jar

Shell Jar

This week I thought I would show you something ridiculously easy to make, practical and pretty. All you need is an Abalone shell, some clay, a bit of paint and some varnish. If you can try and get an Abalone shell which is as gritty as possible on the outside. It makes it a lot easier for the clay to latch on and makes it less likely to just peel off later. 

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Drawing a Dragon Horse

Báls Head

If you’ve read Defiance, or the first chapter, you’ll already be introduced to this character. I started drawing Bál a year ago but stopped while I was writing to the rest of Defiance. He’d been sitting in the corner of my room for a bout a year and once the second book was published a week ago I figured I should probably finish him.

As usual I did all my initial sketches on wax paper

Apart from the obvious shape of a horse (a friesian horse) there were a few changes I made to Bál. He needed to have a more reptilian look than a normal horse, so I give him hooves with claws, a long lizard-like tail, scales and a face that was more angular.

Sketch The Head At First Laying Down The Colour

I had originally planned on painting him with a pale wash of watercolours, but now I’m very glad that I only painted a light wash of colour under him and decided to stick to pencil for the rest. I can only imagine how long it would have taken for me to finish him if I’de decided to paint him too

What I used (**):

 Makeup Brushes for blending • Mechanical Pencil • White Gel Pen • Tortillions • Rubber Blending Subs

I started out by getting the shape of the muscles and feet right. I had considered drawing him with his teeth bared so that you could see his sharp (carnivorous) teeth, but I felt that I wanted to capture the beauty of this animal in this drawing. Besides, if I saw an animal like this running at me with those feet and that kind of skin I think I’d already be scared enough without seeing his teeth. Especially if it had Ulf on it’s back.

Legs Half Drawn

That drawing above is where I left him a year ago to finish writing the book. At that point I had a clear enough image in my head of how he looked so that I could write about him. And also, if I’m honest, I couldn’t quite face drawing the rest of the scales.

What I used Scales so many scales

A year later I started drawing him again (and those bloody scales). I just put a ten hour playlist of Imagine Dragons and got started. About three days later I was finally finished! (and I promptly swore never to draw him again).

Almost Done Bál

And that’s the final drawing! I have to draw Ulf too soon (for a super secret Outsider related project which involves art;) but I’m pretty sure I want to draw him without Bál. I think if I have to look at one more scale I might just throw my pencil across the room.

You can read the book here

The First of my T-Shirt Series


I’ve been planning to do these for for the last three years, and today I’ve finally made the first design live. The idea I had (at least for this series) is to draw a series of animals that perfectly represent a mood. The first one I wanted to start with, a koala, is essentially my spirit animal. I am not a morning person, and the koala seemed like the perfect animal to represent that.

I started off with the first four designs by drawing them on some tracing paper. All the rough doodling and experiments with the shading I do on the tracing paper and then transfer the final design onto a drawing card after. If you haven’t seen it already I’ve done a video on my second channel here all about how to transfer drawings.

Working on the Design


After the outline of the koala had been transferred onto the paper  I did some underlying shading before I started to draw the fur. I didn’t want to add the shading after drawing the fur or it would have blurred all the tiny marks that took ages to do.

In total from start to finish it took me around six hours from start to finish to draw

The first layer of fur I drew with a mechanical pencil, the second with a thin tip black pen pen and lastly I used a white gel pen close to the ears and a few white hairs on the fur.


I’m not sure what design I’ll be doing next for this t-shirt series. Each batch will be limited edition, so I’m a little stuck between making the bulldog or the kitten next. Any preferences?

If you liked the t-shirt you can get it here

Outsider Art: Tyr


Tyr was one of the Character’s in the Outsider series where I really didn’t have a clear image of how he looked in my head at all at first.  There were a few physical features and traits I was absolutely certain about when I started sketching him. I knew he had to have green eyes (just like all the elves in Kentutrebā). I gave him similar eyebrows and upper lip to Sylbil, but he’s a very different character to her with very different experiences, and I needed that to show on his face.

Sketch Basic Shading

I started out the same way I normally start any of my portraits, with a rough sketch on wax paper. After that I transfered the final outline on brown paper and started shading it with grey tones on the left side of the face and red/yellow tones on the right.

You can see my video about how to make sketch transfers here

I originally wanted to draw Tyr on a dark brown paper, but don’t have many sheets left and I wanted to save it for a drawing of Ragi, Ulf or Bugul (Bugual is a new character in Defiance). With darker paper you really have the opportunity to make unusual skin tones like green and blue(ish) stand out, so I wanted to keep that paper for them.

Pan Pastel Shading Eyes Done

After the basic shadows and highlights had been done I added a colour to the eyes. Even though his eyes should technically be the same vibrant shade of green as Astrid’s and Sylbil’s I just couldn’t quite bring myself to give him the same colour.

What I used (**):

Polychromos Pencils • Makeup Brushes • Mechanical Pencil • White Gel Pen • Tortillions • Pan Pastels

The colours I went for instead I felt gave him a wilder and more unpredictable look. I didn’t like the idea that he should have exactly the same eyes as Astrid and Sylbil. Especially considering his history with them. I like to think that his eyes have faded a little over time, each year becoming a little more gaunt and with paler eyes and a little less like his sister.

On the Art Wall Tyr Outsider

Once I finished his face I didn’t spend much time on his hair. Nothing longer than ten minutes just so I had a rough idea of how his hairline would look and hang around his face. At some point I might go back and fill it in properly, make it darker and glossier, but for the moment he’s going to stay pinned on my wall next to Ragana and Jarl.

You can read book 2 (Defiance) of my Outsider series here

DIY: Marbled Jar


This video is very simple to do, but very messy. If you can do try and wear some kind of gloves for this because trust me, getting spray paint off your skin is an absolutely nightmare to get off.

One spray paint combination which would look stunning is terracotta red, gold and navy blue

There are so many different variations you can use. You could even improvise and use whatever colours you have to hand. The beauty of marbling is that you really don’t have to do much other than spray the colours in the order you want and dip the jar in.


If you do get spray paint on your hand one thing that would get it off is nail varnish remover. Obviously it’s not great for your skin, but it’s the only thing the average person has in their house which would do the job. So, if you can, wear gloves and avoid the whole messy job of getting the paint off your skin.

I hope you like the tutorial :)