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Painting Vines for Cosplay

By: Emily Schmidt

Learn how to paint realistic vines for nature inspired cosplay projects with this informative tutorial. This project is a featured part of our wood nymph cosplay build in the summer of 2021.

At a Glance:

Project #16061 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:

supplies

Plaid Supplies

Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte, 4 oz. - CS44637

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc. - 50536

Number Needed: 1 $7.99
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PlaidFX Paint Primer - Clear, 3 oz. - 36938

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Carbon, 3 oz. - 36874

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Charred Root, 3 oz. - 36870

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Green Empire, 3 oz. - 36856

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Amber Sand, 3 oz. - 36846

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Blizzard, 3 oz. - 36835

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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Other Supplies

  • Rotary Tool
  • Utility Knife
  • Dust Mask
  • Shop Vac
  • Water
  • Paper Towels
  • EVA Foam Dowels 10mm, 15mm, or 20mm
  • Heat Gun
  • Super Glue

instructions

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Using a rotary tool, carve into an EVA Foam Dowel at an angle.
  2. Create organic texture by adding multiple thin strokes.
  3. Heat treat EVA Foam Dowels using a heat gun, do this by lightly hitting with air over foam surface.
  4. Prime using 2-3 layers of PlaidFX Clear Primer.
  5. Basecoat using a mixture of Smooth Satin Charred Root, Carbon, Green Empire, and Amber Sand.
  6. Allow to dry and dry brush Smooth Satin Charred Root, Carbon with a tiny bit of Blizzard and Amber Sand.
  7. Mix a lighter color using Smooth Satin Charred Root, Carbon, and Blizzard creating a cool light brwon color.
  8. Dry brush this mixture onto the highest peaks of your EVA Foam Dowel.
  9. Finish by applying a layer of Mod Podge Ultra in Matte to protect project and change finish for more realism.
  10. Attach to nature inspired project with Super Glue.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.

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