Friday, March 28, 2014

nail art: garden roses

I actually painted some festive nail art before I did these. I'll probably blog about it in the coming days. It is a relatively simple tutorial. I removed them because my nails were getting long and in the way, so I wanted to cut my nails. Eventually, I ended up doing these garden floral nails that were inspired by a floral printed crop top from forever 21! If you can't guess which it is yet, it's in the sixth little box of my pictorial. 

  1. Start these off with a white base. These florals are going to be roses, so make an outline of petals lightly using the tip of your brush. Use ample nail polish but not too much or your lines will be thicker and harder to control. They are kinda like 'C' shaped so they shouldn't be too hard to accomplish.
  2. Colour in your roses. My nail polish is medium pigmented so they kinda create different shades in the base of the roses already. Using a thin nail art brush or a toothpick, add some black lines. I drew three for the centre.
  3. And then I added a couple on the exterior. There is actually no right or wrong way to do this. If you look at the actual print, it is also quite random. 
  4. Using a darker red/pink colour, add a couple of lines to your rose. I just put them where I could. It doesn't really matter. 
  5. Add some leaves and you are done! You can choose to do bigger leaves like the actual print if you have a bigger nail base. 
I love these so much and they are so great for spring! I was kinda sad that I was too skinny for the forever21 crop top so I couldn't get it. It has a cute bow back though. 

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

nail art: dream & believe dreamcatcher nails

Picked up these cute bling blingz from forever21 recently, and also a nail art pen which I super love! I seriously need all the colours in this nail art pen because it is soooo useful! I took the longest time to decide what to paint my nails this week. I saw so many beautiful nail designs that I wanted to try but somehow my colour palette just didn't seem as nice. So it was a demoralising process of painting and removing polish a few times. Finally settled on dreamcatcher nails that just popped in my head! These are rather simple because I only drew dreamcatchers on my thumb, ring finger and middle finger, so that's four less fingers to draw on. Also, my dreamcatcher design is rather easy to draw. 

  • Paint your base colour of mint/turquoise on your little, pointer and middle finger. I went with grey for my thumb and ring finger. You can try gold or pink as well. 
  • Draw your dreamcatcher design. I used my Sakura Glaze pens to help me with this. They are super good and easy to use. Plus, they do not smudge when dry. 
  • Next, I used my forever21 gold nail art pen to dot on some studs on the dreamcatcher and on my little and pointer finger. Don't you think they are quite a good replacement for studs? I don't have any studs to use for my nail art so I thought these replicated the look quite well.
  • Finally, draw on some feathers for your dreamcatcher! I used a ballpoint pen as a dotting tool for this. 

I think these would be perfect for coachella as well. Love them so much!
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Friday, March 14, 2014

diy: floral kimono

Spring is in the air and I finally got myself a kimono after the longest time! I actually made it and I will be sharing with you how to DIY your own kimono in this tutorial! 

So, kimonos in Singapore are quite expensive. Cotton On sells them for $19.95 but I don't fancy their cutting and print. Blogshops sell them for around 20-30 bucks and forever21 carries them for 30-50 :( In the US, kimonos only cost half that price. Plus, these kimonos are made of chiffon, not silk, so I don't see why they need to be so pricey. Chiffon is not an expensive material. 

The crafter in me then scoured the Internet for a tutorial on how to make a kimono! I found this really useful youtuber, laurdiy, and fell in love with her and her diys. She has such a great personality as well! It is really enjoyable to watch and listen to her videos. So you can head over to this link if you'd like a video tutorial on how to make this kimono. 

I used a scarf from forever 21, which you can get in US stores for 8-10 bucks. In Singapore, they cost $15. I had a $12 voucher to use up after my little shopping trip when I spent well over $80 in f21, so I used it to claim this scarf. Had to top up $3 though. While doing this tutorial, I realised the piece I picked isn't very nice because it had a few major runs in the fabric. Good thing, I'm turning it into a DIY piece then. 

The good thing about these forever21 scarves is that they are square shaped, and quite huge, so they are in quite a perfect size. If you are using other scarves, it is good to bear in mind that once you fold your scarf in half, the width should span elbow to elbow. 

1. Fold your scarf in half so that it is now rectangular. You will be sewing and cutting roughly along the lines as shown. The sides will be sewn up together, leaving enough room for arm holes. You can choose to measure and pin it up for later reference but I did it free hand. 

2. Thread your needle. Make sure you have enough thread to sew in one shot. You can estimate by measuring against the fabric you have pinned up. We will be using straight stitches so what you measure is roughly what you need. Now, you are going to make a double dead knot to secure your thread. To do this, start threading your needle through the bottom edge of the scarf and pull most of it through. Then tie a knot with the needle and remaining thread like you would with two pieces of string. I hope this video helps.

3. Make straight stitches all the way until the marked area for your arm holes and stop. Make an ending knot by pushing your needle through the back of the fabric again and passing the needle through the loop created. Do this twice to make it more secure. It is technically a buttonhole stitch. Loop your thread through one of your stitches before cutting it free. 

4. Repeat this process for the other side. Your stitches and sewing does not need to be perfect because kimonos have so much flow, all your imperfections will be hidden.

5. Once you are done, mark out the centre of your scarf and cut. 

6. Fold a section of it in and repeat sewing process to hem the edges.

7. And once you have done that then you have completed making your own kimono! It seems rather fragile to me imo but I think it is a great way to wear scarves in Singapore! Oh, and the best part is that you can still wear this kimono as a scarf whenever you want to!  

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

diy: graphic shirts with fabric paint and stencil

I've promised to do a diy tutorial for my graphic shirts once I get my hands on fabric paint. I apologise for not updating for so long because I have been busy with school. My recess week just started, so I have some time to diy more shirts and do up a tutorial for you guys! 

The popular Brandy Melville graphic shirts can now be replicated with a bit of patience and time at your hands! This tutorial is suitable for any typography kind of graphic shirt. 

  • Plain shirt
  • Scissors & cutter, cutting mat
  • Fabric paint 
  • Makeup sponge
  • Spray adhesive/Weak adhesive/Purple Uhu glue if you plan to use a paper stencil
  • Iron if you plan to use a freezer paper stencil
The materials needed should not cost you much. You can dig around your house for old plain shirts or find some at a thrift store/flea market.  In case you are wondering what glue and fabric paint I use, here they are. The glue is by Zig and it actually dries to form a temporary bond that has the strength of a post-it. I got it from a scrapbook store for about $5 I think. It was a long time ago and I never thought I'd have a use for it. The fabric paint costed me $4.50 from art friend at Takashimaya. I think it was the only fabric paint brand around unless I'm blind. I looked through all the shelves of paint and there were loads of acrylic and oil paints but no fabric paints except this. 
  • Print out your stencil on paper. In this tutorial, I am trying to imitate Brandy Melville's You Can't Sit With Us shirt. I used the font Trade Gothic No. 20 - Condensed in 135 pt. You can scale it up more if you'd like because the print on the actual shirt is quite big. You can download the font for free online, then type it out on a landscape word document.
  • Then, you are going to take your pen knife or cutter and cut out all the alphabets. If you are using freezer paper, place the freezer paper over the print out and cut out the alphabets. Make sure that you have placed your freezer paper with the wax below. Remember to cut and keep the insides of alphabets such as "O" and "A". I think this is the easiest quote I've done to cut out so far because it mostly involves cutting straight lines and edges. You should be able to finish this in 15 minutes. 
  • If you are using freezer paper, iron the freezer paper onto your shirt. If you are just using paper, apply glue to all the cut out edges of the paper and stick it onto your shirt. The glue I used does not leave a residue so do a patch test first. This step ensures that the stencil does not move as you are painting.
  • Place a few pieces of paper/cardboard under your shirt so that the paint doesn't seep through. Squeeze out some fabric paint elsewhere (I used a plastic sheet). Then, take your makeup sponge and dab some on. Learn from my mistake here. Your sponge should not be dripping with paint, rather you should dab and re-dab until there is only a thin layer of paint on the sponge. If you load too much paint onto your sponge and apply, the paint is going to end up bleeding and smudging through the edges. 
  • Dab the sponge onto your shirt. It is okay if the first layer turns out light and not everything is covered. I did about 3-4 layers of paint before everything was painted. This took 30-45 minutes to finish. Your patience will definitely pay off. 
  • Leave the paint to dry for awhile then peel off your template! I find this step rather fun to do. If you have done it right, the edges of your alphabets should be rather neat and straight. You can still choose to outline the alphabets with white paint to tidy it up. However, once I do that, I'd want to outline every alphabet and that would take a rather long time. I did this with my two previous shirts because I overloaded my sponge with paint. This one turned out fine though because I learnt my lesson.
Here's the end result and I must say that hardly anyone would realise it is a DIY shirt unless you tell them! Heat set your print after 24 hours or as directed by your fabric paint bottle instructions. I also cut off the sleeves and cropped some so to make them into muscle tees instead.
Another one that I did earlier on, Shopping is my cardio. I don't think the font for this is free but you can download the picture here and scale it up on your word document.
And finally, I outlined this freehand because the text was too small and thin. I love you to the moon and back in Courier 35pt. I just placed the paper under the shirt and traced out the alphabets. You'd need a relatively thin brush for this though. 
Be sure to share your creations with me in the comments!