TAD: Lace Face Masks

(*TAD= The Art Diaries)

I didn’t take photos from the first mask I did so I’ll just be showing how I made the second mask. If you wanted to make you own mask it’s really, REALLY easy and the following steps will show how to do it.

“The sketching stage will take about 2 hours”

First thing I did is sketch out the left side of the mask. This mask I wanted to be based on Mehindi designs, where as the last one was based on one of my favorite butterfly patterns from a Chinese patten book.

To get the right side exactly the same I took tracing paper and flipped the design over. Once I’d done that I made a few changed to the center of the design, added a few more flowers and more twirls.

What I used:

Once I’d finished drawing the mask and was sure I’d gotten all the details I wanted I started to cut it out. Just a small warning, if you’re doing this part it will take a while, (AND BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR FINGERS!)

I think in total for me it took about 3 hours to cut it out, so if you’re doing this you might want to consider having a few films lined up. Oh and one tip, take your time! It’s so easy for your hand to slip and to cut through a pattern you’ve just spent the last hour painstakingly cutting out.

Don’t try and cut this out in one stroke. It’s better to cut it in little strokes since that way the knife is less likely to slip.

To make this easier for anyone who wanted to make these I’ve put some downloadable templates bellow. They’re so simple to use, just download, print on the paper you want, cut it out and decorate it. Also I’ve made a DIY video bellow showing you a few ways to decorate your maks and wear them.

Hope you like the video :)  

You can download the template for both masks Here

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Tutorial Props Haul: Rattan Brushes

I think it was last summer I did a Geisha tutorial. The idea behind the tutorial is I wanted to do something authentic. Not ‘inspired’ by but an accurate tutorial showing how to do Geisha makeup. Unfortunantly at the time I didn’t have my own place and the only lighting was natural daylight which anyone who lives in England knows can be extremely erratic.

Now I have better lighting and a bit more knowledge on Geisha makeup I’m planning on re-doing the tutorial

It will be a while till I have all the tutorial props I’ll need for this tutorial but yesterday the first tutorial props arrived! :D I’d heard makeup artist like Rae Morris rave about these kinds of makeup brushes and she really wasn’t kidding about how soft they are! It really is like a cotton ball on your face.

I’m almost tempted to purchase the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki brush and do a comparison since this brush cost me £3.69 while the NARS version is just under £40 and both of these brushes are really good quality so I doubt there would be much of a difference in quality, just a huge difference in price! The white brush is shaped better for blush and the black brush has the perfect shape for contouring.

Not entirely sure when the re-make of this tutorial will be up but probably some time in the summer by which time I’ll have hopefully finished/started painting the background and gotten together all the props to do this look justice.

You can get these brushes HERE

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TAD: Queen of Hearts

(*TAD= The Art Diaries)

Quite pleased that lately I’ve managed to really make a dent into looks I’ve had listed down to do for ages, I’ve been planning on doing a queen of heart makeup look for well over a year now, and I’ve had this prop sketch in my work book for about 5 months.

The sad thing is I must have spent about 20 minutes searching for my original sketch, I have about 4 different sketchbook (each one on a different topic, for example You Tube looks/prop design then the others are each for seperate personal projects) but like a genius I haven’t marked any of them and they’re all the same sized black notebook.

“It’s just so much more relaxing to photograph it through the various stages and blog about it instead”

I was thinking of filming the whole process but to be honest I really hate filming anything that isn’t going to be a tutorial, when I work I don’t like having the stress of thinking about camera angles, lighting and wether or not my work is in focus.

First thing I did is traced the features of the original sketch that I liked onto water colour card before cutting out the card shape and changing the fatures I didn’t like. I left out drawing what the hands were going to look like till they were the last things I had to paint just because I really didn’t like the original way I had drawn them and didn’t have a clear image in my head till that point.

What I used:

I started off with the water colour pencils, coloured in the corners of the card in the colours I wanted before blending it out with a wet paint brush.

I ended up hardly using the colouring pencils (except for that egg blue you can see on the right side of the card) I absolutely love working with watercolours and it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to use them so I went a bit mental with them.

Annoyingly though I only noticed that I drew the Red Queen’s hand the wrong way around once I’d finished painting her hand.

One of my favorite ways to work is to clip my water colour paints at the end of my clip board and just curl up in a chair with a film on in the corner. I can’t work in silence, it’s one of those things that drive me mad! I have to had either music playing in the background (if some of you remember my old makeup videos that’s why I always wore headphones) or a film I’ve already watched on.

Overall I was really pleased with the red queen (the dagger one) but really unhappy with the white queen. I think I re-painted her face about 3 times before I finally got it looking roughly how I wanted it to look.

 The funny thing though is that in the original sketch it was the other way around. No problem drawing the white queen but the red queen gave me no end of hassle.

Should be using this either in the pictures of my Queen of Hearts look or the intro, or both :)

DIY Lashes: Black Tears

Think I’m going to have to think of more ways to make weird lashes, it was so fun making these and I’d really like to push myself further and see what other crazy designs I could come up with. I have a few idea bouncing around in my head but going to let them marinate a little bit before using them in a tutorial.

“Allergic to Latex? Maybe use sculpt gell instead?”

If you’re allergic to latex you could use sculpt gell, unfortunantly this isn’t the cheapest material to use but it would be re-usable (provided you remove and handle it carefully). You could also use lash glue too, except if you’re allergic to latex you probably have an allergy to most lash glues as latex is one of the prime ingredients :/

Hope you like the tutorial :)

Tutorial Props: Beauty and the Beast Background

I really have to figure out a better way to make these background because they take an insame amount of time to get done and they’re not exactly the most practical size.

I’ve been thinking to teaching myself to do digital painting for a while now which would be really handy of these kind of things, I could design the backgrounds, have it printed out and then it would be easy enough for people to get their own prints if they wanted. IDK just one of those ideas that I’ll have to think about.

Anyway! Back to the drawing! I really wanted to have a few elements of the disney film in this but not too many. For one Disney are a little bit notorious for being sue happy over silly things ,and I really wanted to put my own spin on this one.

After watching the film again (or rather several times) I remembered the stairs to the west wing and the amazing pillars. I decided to take that aspect of the fim, but change the pose and setting. I knew I wanted to have the setting at sunset and have wild roses EVERYWERE!

My main aim was to imply something old and broken but beautiful at the same time. The gargoyle was meant to look scary but having the warm colours of the sunset around it and the roses entwined all around made it less intimidating.

I did seriously consider painting in a hooded figure (the beast) but in the end I decided to leave him out as I wanted to leave it up to the viewers to imagine what he would look like.

What I used:

  • Acrylic Ink
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Pastel Pencil
  • Graphite Pencil

Hope you like the video :)

Tutorial Props: Dragon Egg

And now I’ve finished all the props for my big dragon tutorial series! :D

I was aiming to imitate the dragon eggs in Game of Thrones but like a genius I somehow managed to not notice that the scales in GOT were pointed and not round. In total it took me two days to do, but it’s mainly just because you have to wait for the top half of the scales to dry so realistically if you wanted to make more than one you could make around four in two days.

What I used:

  • Coconut shells 
  • Sand Paper
  • Fimo clay
  • Brown Ink
  • Airbrush
  • Blue ink (mixed with white)
  • Gold ink  

Enjoy the tutorial! :D

Tutorial Props: Dragon Background

This background was a royal pain in the butt.

I ended up painting to paint it twice because the first version was an absolute disaster. Colour is absolutely not my strong point, so after the first try I decided to go back painting the whole thing with just black, white and brown before slowly adding any bright colours.

The sad thing is the one bellow I’d already been working on for four/five days solid till I realized that it wasn’t going anywhere, then once I’d painted over it the new version only took a day to paint. Guess my lesson is if it’s not working by the second day it’s time to re-think the painting/drawing.

What I used:

Two books I should mention here because they’re really helping me improve are two books from James Guerney, “Imaginative Realism” and “Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter”.

The second book in particular was a HUGE help!

I will do a blog post or a video at some point on the books that have and are helping me push myself to improve at some point, but for the moment I will just highly recommend these two!

And if you want to see the whole process from beginning to end here is the video:

Not too sure of what to do with these paintings when I’ve finished them though. I was originally going to use the same canvas again and again and just paint over it but I got quite attached to this one once I’d finished it (which is a first because normally I hate any new work I’ve done within a few minutes of finishing it).

I’ve hung this one over my bed for the moment, but with the future backgrounds I’m painting I’m going to see if there is some way to sell them, I was thinking of using e-bay as that way people pay what it’s worth to them only.

But I have no idea how to package something like this so I don’t know…either way it’s going to be roughly a month and a half till my next “big” tutorial is planned so I have plenty of time to think about it.

Any suggestions ?

Tutorial Props: Baby Dragon Skull

For one of my upcoming looks (Dragon Slayer) I’d had this idea in my head of having a dragon skull resting on the end of a sword, I’d already decided to to paint a large background for that tutorial so a little dragon skull wouldn’t be so hard…right?

It ended up taking around 4 days to make and I have to figure out a new way of making a mold because I nearly broke the final piece several times from trying to get it off the base, that was till I accidentally knocked it off the table and it snapped in half :(

What I used:

  • Children’s Modeling Clay
  • Cake Decoration sculpting tools
  • Liquid Latex
  • Talk powder
  • Fimo Air Light Air-Drying Modelling Clay
  • Air Brushing on a mixture of brown ink and water to “age” smokey jr.

First thing I did was make the “base”, a rough mold of what I wanted the skull to look like. I didn’t want to go for the chunky heavy looking skull that a dragon would have in Western art, rather I decided to go for something that looked like a cross between a reptile/crocodile and an Asian art dragon with a long thin snout and long thin teeth.

Once I had made the base I covered it in about 3 coats of latex so that once it had dried it would create a protective layer between the Fimo Air clay and the modeling clay, making it less likely to stick to it.

While it did make it easier to remove it wasn’t easy to get the clay off once I had sculpted the final skull on top. What I ended up doing was cutting it out one section at a time so than I didn’t break anything, got to find out a better way to do that…

One thing that occurred to me that once I’d finished making it was that I could have taken a stipple sponge over the whole thing to add a bit of texture instead of smoothing it down a bit by blending it with water and my fingers, but hey, lesson learned for next time :)

Here is my video showing what I did:

And at the end of this tutorial I’ve also included a rough draft of how I want the intro clip that I made this skull for to look like.

What do you think?