Art Tutorial: Drawing Transfers

How to Transfer Art Work

I’ve been promising this tutorial for ages and now I’ve finally gotten around to it. I use the tracing paper from The Works but if you don’t have that you can also use Baking Paper. The only drawback with baking paper is that it isn’t as transparent.

Just a few more tricks which I didn’t mention in the video:

1. You don’t have to be as neat as I am in the video. Once you’ve drawn what you want on one side you can just run over the opposite side with a graphite pen and transfer that. It’s a much faster trick, only draw back is that it can leave graphite traces on the paper which is why I prefer not to do it in general.

2. If you’re worried about getting your proportions right then look at your drawing from the other side, it’s amazing all the mistakes you notice when you look at your drawing from a different point of view.

3. One thing I’ve seen people do is they outline the drawing on both sides and then scribble all over the paper to transfer the drawing rather than going over just the lines, I don’t like doing this because it leaves dents in the paper and makes detailed blending a lot harder to do.

4: When you’re transferring the drawing try and use a clip board to hold it in place, or tape down the sides. It’s so easy to move the tracing paper just a little while you’re transferring the drawing and then before you know it the whole drawing is a little lopsided.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

A Little Bit of Decoration

Bag Finished

A while ago I did a tutorial on how I decorated a pair of shoes with gold paint and this is pretty much the same idea just with a pen. I was going to do a tutorial for this, but in the end I decided to save that for another shoe DIY I want to do which will be much easier to follow.

I got the bag here (**)

Last time I used a gold fabric paint. It was good, but it did tend to bleed a little in the rain, and living in England that tends to be a bit of a problem. So this time I tried out some fabric sharpies and I love them! The only draw back was that the brown shade (as you can see from above) looks closer to black than brown.

What I used Bag Without Doodles

Finished

The black fabric pen I got along with the gold pen was my favourite out of the three because it was double ended, one with a really fine tip and the other with a regular tip so I could do more detailed work. I didn’t really have a direction with this bag, I just knew I wanted swirls, lots and lots of swirls! I was really just doodling on the bag and having fun with the pattern, though I can promise that the DIY I’ll be doing soon using these pens will be a lot more structured and easy to follow.

You can get them here (**): Gold Pen, Black Pen, Brown Pen

DIY: Ram Horns

Horns DIY

You’ll be please to know that for the most part this tutorial is just using wire and shopping bags. I can’t say that it’s completely glue gun free, but it’s not used as much as in my other tutorials. If think I’ve covered most of the methods I can think of for making horns, but I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll probably be back with yet another method. On the plus side I don’t think anyone can complain for a lack of DIY horn tutorials.

If you haven’t seen it already you can see my Aries tutorial here

If you can’t get your hands on any garden wire then you can use string instead, or you could just keep the cling-film wrap and spray paint that. One last thing you could do is cover the horns with patterned tights and then spray paint it so that the pattern is printed in the horns. A simple trick, but it looks amazing.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY Arrow Head Jewellery

Arrow Jewlery DIY

This is probably one of the simplest DIY videos I have done, and I was half tempted to just keep it to a blog post, but I knew the minute I used these in the next Zodiac look (sagittarius) I would have people asking how I did it.

You can wear this as a necklace or do what I did and turn them into earrings

Ideally you should use earring hooks which are the right colour. I want that mixed metals look for Sagittarius, so there is a reason for me using copper, silver and bronze, but if you want these to look a little more uniform then it’s quite important to match the colours you are using.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY: Hades Badge

Hades Pin Badge

Not the pretties prop I’ve ever made but Hade’s outfit was pretty simple, grey skin, yellow eyes, blue hair and a scull pin. I was going to keep it clean and neat but then I figured that since we are talking about the god of the underworld I’d scuff it up a little.

Making this is simple, just a little clay, some sculpting tools and a little bit of paint

I used some white modeling clay (**) at first, rolled it into an oval shape and then flattened it a little. Next take a sculpting tool (you can use the rounded end of a pen or a cocktail stick if that’s all you have to hand) and mark out the shape of the eyes and teeth.

What I Did

Once you have cut off the sides next to the teeth and round the edges, just go over everything and neaten it up. Push the eye sockets a little deeper,  sharpen the lines on the teeth and then just wait for it to dry.

Once the clay has dried you can paint it with several different mediums

You could do a wash over it with black or brown ink so that the colour settles in the cracks and sockets. You could also use acrylic paint or water colour (which is what I used) or even spray paint. Once I’d painted over it I brushed a nail file over the surface to roughen it up a little.

Pin

The last thing I did was glue gun a little loop of ribbon at the back so that I could pin it to my shoulder, you might also need to superglue it down a little so it doesn’t unstick from the clay. Especially if the clay is quite heavy, it can have a little trouble sticking to the hot glue since the surface isn’t very porous.

And that’s how you make the Hades pin. Simple!

My Favourites: no. 4

Monthly Favourites

Good thing I never decided to name these monthly favourites or I would have failed big time. This month it’s a mash up of different things as usual, a little bit of art, some jewellery (of course), clothes and a bit of a re-stock on supplies.

I’ve already done a blog post about my kindle and the case here

I’ve tried to list everything I mentioned in the description box, but some of the items I mentioned I bought before Christams so they were sold out. I hope you like the video and I’ll be back next week with a DIY video :)

Outsider Art: Jarl Sketch

Drawing Jarl

I should have drawn Jarl ages ago, especially since each time I draw any character from Outsider I get so many people asking me to draw him. But now that I have, judging by the reaction I got on my Instagram, I think half of you fell in love with him.

What I used: Mechanical pencil (**), Powder Puff, Makeup Brush, Rubber Pencil (**), Paper Tortillion(**) Graphite Pen(**)

You’re probably thinking why on earth I have a makeup brush listed as what I used, well… a concealer brush is actually amazing for blending. Especially with a graphite pen. Especially if it’s those annoyingly stiff concealer brushes. I hate them for makeup but they are perfect for blending pastels, pencil or charcoal.

Finished

When I drew the sketch he didn’t look old enough, so once I’d transferred the sketch I added a few more wrinkles and aged him up a little. I still need to do a proper drawing like the ones I’ve done of Knud and Astrid, but that will have to be another time.

You can read Outsider here

How I Made the EP Cover

Making The Malumi EP Cover

This one took a while to make! Over the past year I’ve had various ideas pop up in my head but none of them seemed to work with the dream-like look we were going for. When I was at Uni for graphic design one of the projects we were meant to do was on paper art, for some reason the module was dropped and I remember being absolutely gutted at the time.

After a little bit of research on paper art on Pinterest I  started planning out the cover

While we were shooting the Lullaby music video there was this amazing oak tree with two swings at the location, Sara put this lovely black and white picture of it on our Instagram, and I though it would be just perfect for the cover.  For the most part this cover just involved a lot of cutting. It ended up taking the entire day to cut up all the little pieces and take the perfect photograph.

I spent about 2 hours experimenting with the lighting and camera angles until I got the perfect shot

After that it was just a lot of time in Photoshop experimenting with different looks till I finally settled on the perfect cover. And the best thing is that after this I got to use everything I cut out for the lyric video of Lullaby. I’ll be making that live on the Malumi YT channel  in the next few weeks, since the EP was released yesterday I can’t wait to see what you thought of it!

Which song was your favourite? 

DIY: Helmet

Helmet 1

Of course there was a glue gun involved in making this helmet, but for the most part it was tin foil (yes, tin foil),  tape, gold card and a few staples. First thing I did was use the tin foil to make a cast of my head. So you want to wrap your head (head not your face) in tin foil and then, while you’re still wearing it, cover it in small strips of tape so it holds it’s shape when you take it off.

Take the foil wrap off and cut an upward arch in the back above your neck and a curve just over your ears

Next I used my favourite craft tool, a hot glue gun, and covered the underside and top of the tin helmet with lines of hot glue to made it stronger. If you can try and line the hot glue so it’s in an organic patten. Not just splattered all over the place, it’ll look a lot better spray painted if the hot glue is applied nicely rather than all over the place.

Helmet 2

The next part sounds tricky but really it isn’t , take gold card and cut it into strips. Round the edges and then layer them over the tin helmet. For the very end of the helmet cut a v-shape and and fold it down the middle. For the very edges of the card staple them down but make sure the ends are folded so that they don’t poke you when you’re wearing the helmet.

I used two spray paints for the helmet, first a matte white and a gold

For the pattern at the front of the helmet I used a glue gun and then spray painted the whole thing white. Once the white paint dried I painted the edges of the strips gold and then gave the whole thing a dusting of gold paint.

Virgo Helmet Finished

And before I forget, the edge were made with circlular strips of gold card cut in three different sizes, large, medium and small. I stuck them to the side just over where my ears would be and the edges lined with a glue gun. And that’s it, that’s all I did!

You can see the tutorial I used this for here

DIY: Hobbit House Jar

Hobbit House Jar

I’ve already made one house jar, but this time I wanted to make a Hobbit House jar instead of a Tudor Cottage, because why not? It’s pretty much exactly the same technique, the only difference is making the lid, and that part is so easy it’s ridiculous.

One thing I ended up doing later is painting the door with green nail varnish

I didn’t end up showing that step in the tutorial, and one last thing you can do is even add the rune Gandalf scratched on the door with a glow-in-the-dark paint if you want.

I hope you like the tutorial :)