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Wasteland Cosplay Costume

By: Emily Schmidt of GBGHcosplay

Learn how to add a weathered effect to basic fabric for a unique look to your costume using PlaidFX. Give your costume a dirty and worn look, that implies your character has been in survival mode with this easy DIY.

At a Glance:

Project #16236 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:

supplies

Plaid Supplies

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 - Desert Sand, 3 oz. - 36867

Number Needed: 1 $4.99 $2.75
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Grounded, 3 oz. - 36868

Number Needed: 1 $4.99 $2.75
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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 - Amber Sand, 3 oz. - 36846

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Bloodline, 3 oz. - 36842

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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FolkArt ® Painting Tools - Sponge Value Pack - 30179E

Number Needed: 1 $4.49
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Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc. - 50536

Number Needed: 1 $7.99
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Plaid ® Brush Sets - Natural Bristle Chip Set - 44287

Number Needed: 1 $5.29
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Other Supplies

  • Airbrush Gun and Compressor (Optional)
  • Toothbrush
  • Fabric
  • Slicker Brush
  • Utility Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Scissors
  • Parchment Paper or Cardboard
  • Paper Plate
  • Serrated Knife
  • Sanding Paper
  • Spray Bottle

instructions

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Gather your fabric and cut out desired length for pattern.
  2. Distress around edges using a slicker brush, scissors, and utility knife.
  3. To deepen the distressing, cut more holes using a serrated knife and sanding paper.
  4. Protect your surface using parchment paper or cardboard.
  5. Thin PlaidFX Smooth Satin with 1:1 ratio of window cleaner for airbrush.
  6. Gradually add shading around edges and around various spots on the fabric surface using an airbrush.
  7. Pour PlaidFX Smooth Satin onto Paper Plate and blend colors for adding texture.
  8. Dip sponge into paint mixture and offload excess paint onto paper towels.
  9. Pounce sponge onto fabric working in random areas to add depth.
  10. Use paint brushes to refine any areas where needed around fabric.
  11. Thin Smooth Satin with 1:1 ratio of water.
  12. Put mixture into spray bottle and apply onto fabric liberally.
  13. Using a toothbrush, flick paint droplets onto fabric for a finishing touch.
  14. Allow to dry, clean up with soap and water.

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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