Couples Costume DIY – Day of the Dead!

Day of the Dead Couples Costume

Hello friends!  I wanted to share these costumes I made for my boyfriend and my couples costume for Halloween this year!

I painted our faces myself after watching a couple of tutorials on Youtube for women’s sugar skull make up and men’s skull makeup (my boyfriend wasn’t really into the whole flowery sugar skull style of decoration so I went with something more scary for him).

Some of the tutorials I found went into a lot of detail so I simplified them a little bit, especially since I had to do both of our faces and didn’t want to spend hours on it when we could be hanging out with our friends.

I used black and white face paint for both and then added some colour to my own using some cheap dollar store eyeshadow.

For our couples costume I used the following materials:

Sugar Skull Girl Costume:

  • dollar store flowers (choose any colour combination you like, I went with orange and cream)
  • dollar store make up (brightly coloured eye shadow palette)
  • plastic headband (matched to hair colour)
  • glue gun to glue the flowers to the headband and around the middle of the dress
  • a cheap black dress from Forever 21 that was starting to pill so I was ok with re-purposing it
  • lace t-shirt (worn underneath the dress)
  • skeleton tights (not shown)
  • dollar store skull earrings
  • black boots or shoes
  • could also add some lace gloves but I didn’t have time to pick up any

Men’s Skeleton Costume:

  • plain black t-shirt
  • white acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • this rib-cage pattern from Martha Stewart (front part only) – cut out the holes with an exacto knife to create a stencil to sketch out the outlines for the rib-cage on the front of the black t-shirt. Remove the stencil and fill in thickly with white paint.  Make sure to place cardboard inside the t-shirt so the paint doesn’t come through to the other side.  Let dry for 24 hours before wearing.
  • black top hat from the dollar store
  • black blazer or jacket
  • dark coloured pants or jeans

For both costumes:

  • black and white face paint
  • a set of cheap paintbrushes to apply the face paint, especially details

This type of Halloween costume seemed to be pretty popular this year but I thought ours were some of the better ones I saw around!

More Halloween Costume Ideas:

I hope you all have a fun-filled Halloween!

Cheers,

Julie

Free Skull Printable

free sugar skull printable

Hey everyone! Today I would like to share with you guys this free skull printable I drew myself!

Wow I can’t believe it’s October again, I feel like this year has really flown by.

I am already getting into a “Halloween mood” and started drawing some Sugar Skulls to celebrate!

Click on the image of the skull below to open it in a new tab and then right click and save the image to your computer. 

It is set up so you can easily print it out and colour it in by hand, or use your computer to paint it using any program of your choice (MS Paint, Photoshop etc.).  If you have any questions or difficulties please let me know.

Please do not claim as your own or use for commercial use.

free blank skull printable

Feel free to colour the skull printable yourself, and give it out to your friends and family members too!

Be as creative as you want with it, it does not have to be a “traditional” sugar skull in any way. Use your imagination! Feel free to post links to your coloured version in the comments section below 🙂

Ok guys have fun and go nuts!  I hope to see some awesome designs from you all 🙂

Find more free coloring pages here!

If you would like to see more of my artwork please check out my website, or follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see my latest work, sales and promotions!

Cheers,

Julie

12 Easy and Free Art Tutorials (to get your creative juices flowing)

12 easy free art tutorials

Hello art lovers! Today I wanted to share with you all a list of fun, easy and FREE art tutorials to help get your creative juices flowing!

The tutorials include a mixture of different mediums. Some are to be done by hand and others are digital. Most of these I have done myself or used for inspiration in my own work.

To see my full list of art tutorials and inspiration check out and follow my Pinterest board on the topic!

12 Easy and Free Art Tutorials

1. How to Make An Amazing Outer Space Scene in Photoshop

2. How to Paint Beautiful Watercolor Agate Slices – Beautiful watercolour paintings I haven’t tried yet but have been meaning to.  

3. How to Create Repeat patterns in Photoshop – A great one for designing prints for Society6 and Zazzle.

4. How to Draw a Rose Step by Step – Lots of good tutorials on this website including this one!

5. Doodle Prompt – Viscera Phantasma – Beef up your sketchbook with this simple but beautiful doodle prompt!

6. Creative Art Journaling Tutorial – Optical Art – A cool op-art YouTube tutorial. YouTube is a great resource for art tutorials!  This creates an image similar to the one used in the featured photo.

7. Plastic Bag Printmaking – Want to try your hand at printmaking? This is a super simple monoprint tutorial using only acrylic paints and plastic bags!

8. Face Drawing tutorial – Step by step drawing tutorial on different parts of the face.

9. A simple and fun collage art idea! 

10. How to Paint Water with Acrylics – A little bit more of an advanced painting tutorial. Find more great acrylic painting tutorials on this website!

11. Galaxy Painting Tutorial – Paint a galaxy by hand with this simple YouTube tutorial.

12. Lino-cut Printmaking Tutorial – My own tutorial on how to make hand-made lino-cut prints!

Thanks for checking out my list and I hope you are planning on having some fun doing these easy tutorials!

Feel free to share your own art tutorials or your favorite ones in the comments section below.

To check out my artwork please visit my portfolio, or you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with my latest art, sales, and promotions!

Cheers and have a great week everyone,
~Julie

Linocut Print Making Tutorial

linoleum for linocut print making

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing a simple Linocut print making tutorial featuring a project I’m working on for my Printmaking class at school.

Linocut is basically what it sounds like, carving out a piece of linoleum to create a surface to print from, or “matrix”.

The above image shows what the piece of linoleum looks like before it is carved.  You will begin with something similar to this.

Step 1

Draw your design directly onto the surface in pencil.  Then you can go over the pencil with Sharpie or another permanent marker that gives the lines some thickness.

linocut print making

At this point don’t worry too much about making mistakes since you can adjust the image when carving.

Step 2

Use your carving tools to carefully carve out your designs, scooping out a little bit of material at a time until you get the design and depth you want.

After carving out the plates they look like the ones below. You can also cut around the edges to get rid of unwanted material.

linocut tutorial

Step 3

Before printing your designs on expensive card stock paper make a few test prints. I like to use regular printer paper for this, to see where I might need to make some adjustments. 

Squeeze out your printing ink onto a glass plate and scrape it around using a palette knife so the ink will be the right consistency.

This is called “warming” the ink.  Sometimes the ink can be too wet or too dry so you have to experiment with it to get the look you want for your print. 

I had to leave my tube of water-based relief ink overnight with the cap off because it was way too watery. 

linocut print making tutorial

Step 4

Use your brayer to ink up the carved linocut plate over a clean piece of newspaper. The ink tends to get all over the place so you have to be pretty careful and wash your hands a lot and use a clean piece of paper between each print.

The ink always seems to wind up going somewhere you don’t want it on your plate so one way to counter this is to rip off tiny pieces of paper and put them on top of those spots before printing.

Step 5

Lay the paper carefully over the inked linocut plate. Then you need to press it down so to do this I use a wooden spoon and rub in small circles all over the design. You will need to press fairly hard and try to get it even in all areas.  I go over it several times to make sure the print will be as even as possible.

Here is how mine turned out next to my wooden spoon.

relief prints

Peel off your paper, and voila! Not too bad right?

Here are the finished prints I made with these linocuts!

I hope you’ve found this post interesting and useful.  If you would like more information about this printing process do feel free to leave a comment.

If you like my work please check out my website and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more updates! 

Thanks for reading and have a great day,

~Julie

Hand Painted Bird Feeder

hand painted bird feederrrrrr

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing my latest project, a hand painted bird feeder!

Since I’m sprucing up my patio for Summer I thought a bird feeder would make a great addition.

And the best part is that I just used a plain wooden one from the dollar store!  So cute and cheap!

I haven’t actually gotten any birds to eat from it yet but I just put it out yesterday so hopefully they will come soon.

Here is a before pic:

dollar store bird feeder

And after!

hand painted bird feeder

Check out more DIY ideas here!

Enjoy,

~Julie

Couples Costume DIY – Fry and Leela

fry and leela couples halloween costume futurama

Yay it’s October!  I love the fall leaves and the crisp air.. and most of all, Halloween! This was my boyfriend and my Fry and Leela couples costumes from last year.  We wore them to a party and got tons of comments!

If you don’t know Fry and Leela they are characters from the Matt Groening TV show Futurama.  This is a super cute and fun couples costume especially if you are a fan of the show like we are.

Fry

Fry’s outfit was the easiest, my bf just went out and found a red jacket at a thrift store and used some orange hair colouring spray to do his hair.

Make sure you use that stuff in a well ventilated area and wear old clothes because it will stain!

He paired that with some blue jeans, a white t-shirt and sneakers and was all set.

Leela

This outfit was a bit more complicated due to the whole cyclops thing.

Also, her hair is usually worn in a ponytail but the only purple wig I could find was straight, so I winged it and said I was “party Leela”, when she lets her hair down. I prefer wearing my hair down anyway.

The clothing for the costume is just some black leggings and a plain white tank top paired with black boots.

She also has an arm gadget that you can’t see in the photo because it was on the other arm but I just used cardboard wrapped with duct-tape, then taped on some black paper circles for the “buttons” and whatnot.

A quick Google search for “Leela’s Arm Gadget” will give you an idea of what it looks like.

Now for the cyclops eye:

I used some old sunglasses and popped the lenses out.  You could pick up some cheap frames from the Dollar store if you don’t have any laying around.

Then I made an eye shape out of pipe cleaners.

Using a type of fabric called Tulle (found from a craft or fabric store) I cut that into the same eye shape, and then sewed it by hand to the backside of the pipe cleaner circle using white thread. You may be able to use a glue gun instead.

Then using a black self-adhesive felt sheet (which can be found at any craft store like Michaels) I cut out the iris and lashes and stuck them on the fabric.

I tied the whole thing to the sunglasses frames with some string, and it was finished!

Props

Props included a Dollar store water gun for Leela, and we printed off the Planet Express logo (from google) and taped it on all 4 sides of a small box for Fry.

We also made Slurm can beer cozies which were made out of cardboard with the Slurm logo taped on there!

I hope these instructions were easy enough to follow, and inspires someone for their costume this year!

Enjoy,

~Julie

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