28th January 2011: Staff WIP and Obi First off Staff: I have made good progress with the staff head. I've added all the bits for it now, and I just need to spend time painting it so it gets tidied up (pencils marks disappear in other words!) and it looks more fluid from each colour to the next and stuff. Then I gotta reinforce the bottom bit coz it flops a little where somehow the bottom at the back (the cardboard) got damp (I have no idea how coz its been no where anything damp or wet) so I gotta reinforce it a bit, then with papier mache or something similar attach it to the pole. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I'm sure I will!
I also need to papier mache the little design on the bottom of the pole, then add the all the little details she has down the pole! ^_^!
I've been trying to find the tutorial I found months ago, but do you think I can find it again? NO! Ah well, I will have to try and do it by memory, but I do know I will be making each bit seperately then putting it all together that way. I wont be using dowel rods for the bits that come out of her hibiscus because quite frankly with everything else I can't afford the cost of a pack of dowel rods just for the sake of using 2 for this. So I will have to do something I HATE with a passion... just paint the rope and use the rope on its own with beads. URGH! In the future I will probably do the rods, but at the moment I wont be able to. As for her Hibiscus, I'll be using craft foam and painting it then sealing that paint. I will probably lightly carve into the craft foam to make it stand out more and with a very fine brush or one of my art pens, go round that with a dark black to make it stand out more.
The fabric for her obi turned up today and damn it's bright yellow!!! So it should be fun to work with! This will be my very first time making anything like this, so I apologise now if it's not good enough for anyone's personal preferences about this costume. See attached photo for the fabric colour. And believe me, the yellow is brighter in reality than it is in the photo. But its still passable.