Make It So: Geeks and Arts and Crafts (A Link Round-Up)

Today’s edition of Make It So, the geek-crafting feature here at the GeeKon Record, is not the usual tutorial, but rather a collection of links to all things geeky, artsy, and crafty that I love right now.

Katie Smith's Comic Book Pendant Tutorial
Katie Smith's DIY Touchscreen Gloves Tutorial

Both of the above tutorials come from Katie Smith’s blog, Punk Projects, where she frequently posts crafty DIYs with a geek twist. I especially love those comic book pendants and her easy, inexpensive answer to having to use your touch screen smart phone in cold weather.

A sample of Nan Lawson's work

Now, if you’re not particularly talented at art yourself but still want to had some geeky flair to your home, head over to Nan Lawson’s Etsy shop, where you can buy prints of her lovely art featuring everything from Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones to The Royal Tenenbaums and The Smiths.

Melissa Stinson's Star Wars scrapbook layout

Okay, this one might reach a smaller audience. But as a scrapbooker myself, I admire the work of Melissa Stinson and follow her blog, Scrappy Jedi, religiously. As you might have guessed from the title of her blog, Melissa is a self-proclaimed geek and often scrapbooks her geek adventures. This R2 spread, which includes photos from her trip to Star Wars Celebration VI, is just one example of her geeky work. (In addition to posting her pages on her blog, she also has a weekly round-up feature called Geek Girl that I think a lot of you would be interested in!)

Emily Dismukes's Star Trek T-shirt DIY

And here’s one last tutorial, which is one that I did and posted on my personal blog, Oh! Emily Made That over the summer. I love making t-shirts for special events and this one was for the premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness. Take a look at the instructions for using fabric paint and a stencil to decorate your own geeky shirt. I even included a link to download the stencil I created, if you want to declare your love for lens flares to all the world.

That’s all I have for you today! I hope you find some of these links inspiring. And as usual, if you make it so, let me know! I would love to take a look at your geeky projects, so please leave links in the comments. Maybe you’ll end up in a future round-up here!


Make It So: Baking Bad

As you probably know if you’ve been anywhere near the Internet lately, the TV show Breaking Bad ended its final season recently. (I’ll go ahead and say right here that the following post contains NO SPOILERS!) Since season 5 started back up again earlier this year, I’ve been spending my Sunday nights with a group of friends, hanging out, eating pizza and seeing what new shenanigans Walt and the gang are getting up to. These mini-parties are often the highlight of my week, so when the finale was upon us, I wanted to do something special in celebration. For Chantelle (one of my Breaking Bad Buddies) and I, that could only mean one thing:

Time to bake.

We used box white cake mix, vanilla icing, blue and green food coloring, regular sugar to top the blue cupcakes and white decorating icing to decorate the green ones.

We divided the batter from one box of cake mix (we used white cake because it was the most neutral base for the food coloring) into two bowls and added green to one and blue to the other. We did the same with one can of icing.

We baked the cupcakes like normal. We happened to have an awesome pan that made square cupcakes, so we used that for the green ones, but the blue ones went into regular aluminum cups.

Once they baked, we let them cool and then got to icing and decorating. Chantelle leveled the tops of the green cupcakes, iced them green and then decorated them with quotes and phrases from the show:

And I did the blue ones, iced blue with sugar topping (I colored the sugar with blue food coloring and added a few drops of water so it would clump up a little). You can also use crushed blue hard candy, like they use on the show to stand in for the drugs the characters make.

We were really proud of how they came out, and our friends all loved them. I know it’s too late now to throw a finale watching party, but these would be perfect for a Breaking Bad Birthday (if you do themed parties) or a companion while you marathon the show on Netflix (which I’m sure many of you will be doing eventually).

As always, if you make it so, let me know! Leave a comment so I can check out your geeky crafts.

Make It So: DIY “Night Sky” Paintings

Hello, my fellow geeks! I’m Emily, and I want to welcome you to my new series here on the GeeKon Record: Make It So! Every couple weeks I’ll be posting a tutorial for a project that you can do to express your personal geekiness.

Here’s what I’ll be showing you today:

To make these simple starry sky paintings, you’ll need:

  • 4 4inX4in canvas boards
  • craft or acrylic paint in black, grey, and metallic silver
  • water
  • a small paintbrush and a larger paintbrush
  • a palette or small cups for mixing

The first thing I did was cover my work surface in newspaper (thank you, NT Daily!). Paint all 4 of your canvas boards black.

(You might need to do more than one coat to get an even color. I did two coats, and I used the larger of my paintbrushes to make this part go faster.)

When they’re all dry, set out my boards in a square so that you can do the next few steps on all 4 of them at once, like so:

And then squeeze a little of your grey paint into a small plastic cup and water it down quite a bit.

You want your paint to be really drippy, because you’ll be splattering it to make stars on your canvases.

Before you start splattering on the canvases, test the consistency of the paint/water mixture by dipping in your paintbrush (this time I used my smaller one) and doing some test splatters on the newspaper (or some scrap paper). To splatter the paint, hold the paintbrush like you would a pencil about half-way up the brush handle and use your pointer finger to tap it and shake off the watered-down paint. When you’ve got the technique and the consistency of the paint down, splatter some grey “stars” across your canvases.

The size and number of your splatters will vary, but leave room for the silver splatters, too!

Let the grey paint dry completely (which may take awhile if any of the blobs are a larger size, so watch Chopped or do some homework or something while you wait) and then repeat the splattering process with the silver paint.

And once the silver is dry, your paintings are ready to display!

I plan to hang mine in my bedroom somewhere – I’m obsessed with space and galaxy prints and these will fit right in. But if you don’t want to (or can’t) hang paintings where you live, I think these would make awesome drink coasters with the addition of some water-proof sealant and a bit of cork or felt on the bottom.

If you make it so with the help of this tutorial, please leave a comment so that I can see what you made. I look forward to bringing you more geeky, crafty projects in the future!