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Cosplay Tutorial: Wig Painting by Kotodama Cosplay Tutorial: Wig Painting by Kotodama
Wow, this is probably the longest DA that I uploaded. Hell, this is probably the longest image I had ever had to put together!

This is a tutorial on painting designs on wigs with a stencil for cosplay.

When I first thought of this idea, I tested it out on an old wig that I didn't mind ruining. To my surprised it turned out really really good! (Really, I squeed for like an hour at how well it turned out.) Luckily for me, it washed off that wig too... so yay no ruined wig!

When I was ready to paint the design on the real wig, I snapped a crap ton of photos intending to make a tutorial out of it cause it came out too well not to share. :D!

I'll also make this into a video tutorial eventually for :iconsoysaucecosplay:'s youtube, since our youtube page is very very empty. :X

Also entered in :iconthecosplaygroup:'s Tutorial Contest for January. The timing seems perfect because I just finished this wig right before ALA in the beginning of January. XD

I'm not too sure how many characters have odd designs in their hair. (Other than Irabu from Trapeze, the only other one I can think of is Death the Kid from Soul Eater) but I'm sure someone will find a use for this. ^^ Good luck!

Also, please excuse the funky colors, I was totally in a trippy color mood from the Trapeze-ness that my wig oozes. <3

Funny tidbit about those sharpies: After I downgraded them from wig color-er to just stencil tracer (That'd be such a kick to the face if I was a sharpie.) I downgraded them even further to cosplay prop. FAILLLLLLL.
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joey3311nuu Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
What did you wash the wig with ?
Javakat343 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial!  I recognize the pool behind you. Thats ALA right? I went to ALA for the first time last year.
OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh I would've never thought about painting a wig ^_^
is that a patapon army in the back? XD
AngelCakes-a-Go-Go Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Hello! I love your Irabu cosplay and tutorial! I plan to cosplay Koko from Tsuritama next month and I wanted to know if you still had a copy of the flower stencil your made for your wig? It would help me out tons! I will try to paint the flowers onto her wig! Thank you for your help!
AlbarnCookie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Do you think this would work for Red Mist from the film Kick Ass ?
Kotodama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Hmm... I wouldn't suggest it, it might make it chunky and clumped together. With Red Mist, I think it would look better with wefts sewn into the wig. :) Hope that helps~
Kiribby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Trapeze :D!!!!!!
LilithVentrueXIII Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the information by the way.I will try this immediately...
Whispered-Promises Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Finally! A way to do Jasdebi from D.Gray-Man!
Luppi-san Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
This tutorial is just awesome <3 you really help me for my up coming cosplay , and there is one thing I wanna know.
How about if the wig gets wet, or if it gets dirty , is it possible to wash it ?
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