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11 Jul 2013 - 13:19104910
Painting/Airbrushing onto a Morphsuit?
Hi everyone,

This is my first time Cosplaying (at an event anyway) and I have decided to make a Green Lantern costume.
I'm going to make it from the Comics but with a few slight tweaks. I wanted the edges from the black and green to fade into each other rather than be blunt edges and I want to spray a little bit of muscle definition onto the body too. (Not that I need it. Just kidding, it would help.)

So here's the thing, I have a green morphsuit and I was wondering, what is the best way to apply the black (to the legs and arms) and the white (to the hands) and the logo (to the chest)? I was thinking of airbrushing it on, but I have to buy an airbrush if I am going to do it that way.
Does anyone know of any good paint, airbrushes, or techniques to do this properly?

Also, does anyone have any tips on making the mask, I was thinking something simple like card, coated with the head of the morphsuit that I will cut off. How should I put the mask on? With elastic round the back, or can I stick it to my face?

Thanks!

- Matt


11 Jul 2013 - 14:56104913
Not a clue when it comes to painting spandex.

But Masks either you can get a liquid latex mask made, there are a few places that make them in the UK, they are usually around 25 pounds.

The other option which is a lot cheaper is to make a mask out of Worbla, it's a relatively new material people are using for all sorts of stuff, you can get it in A4 sheets and it's flexable, when you heat it up you can mould it to whatever you like, so basically cut out the mask shape, heat it up and stick it on your face while it's warm and hold it there for a bit.

Here is a tutorial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgf8F7Z9c58


12 Jul 2013 - 11:07104920
Thanks for the reply!
I'll definitely look into this new material thing if it's cheaper! and thanks for the link to the tutorial, big help!

Hopefully someone else may know of something with the Morphsuit spraying and then I'll be ready to make it!


12 Jul 2013 - 12:37104921
Fraid I don't know about painting fabric, but I assume fabric paint will go through an airbrush if it's thinned enough.

I have made a super hero mask though (black cat) I tried with thin craft foam (50p a sheet from hobby craft), cut it and heated it then pressed it against my face to mould it, that worked out ok (took a lot of iterations to get the shape I wanted though ) but painting it didnt work out so well, paint cracked when it flexed, but if you can get the foam in the right colour you ae sorted ( i wanted a gloss finish so I had to paint)

So for my final version I instead used a thin plastic blank robot mask I got from a fancy dress shop, cut it to shape with a knife and sissers and spray painted it gloss black. I held it on with a clear elastic, the huge wig I wore with it covered up the straps, but I guess you could glue it on with spirit gum


12 Jul 2013 - 14:35104922
I've seen it on the reality tv series face off. They used an airbrush to paint onto a morphsuit.

I don't know what paints or what you do, but it's certainly possible


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13 Jul 2013 - 16:03104944
Thanks again for all the help!

Spirit gum seems like the best idea as I don't want it any visible attachments to the mask, although I have long(ish) hair so I may be able to cover it up if I used wire.

Well although no one knows how to paint the suit, I'm glad to find that it is possible!

Hopefully I can track their method down somehow


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