I don’t think I’ve yet shared the awesomeness that is Geek Girl Brunch. I discovered it via the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community, and was immediately intrigued. Ladies getting together to share brunch, drinks, and geek-talk? Sign me up!
The group started in New York City, with its own meetups. They had so much fun together that they decided to roll out chapters, not only across the U.S but worldwide! Sensing I had found my geek tribe, I signed up to be notified about news of the Kansas City chapter. I got an email a few months later notifying me that chapters were forming, and would I like to be an officer to help launch the KC chapter? Because I love my hometown and want to nurture its geek culture, I said yes!
We had our first brunch in July – an informal meetup at the Cheesecake Factory, followed by Star Wars Day at Barnes & Noble. In September we gathered at the Renaissance Festival and strolled the grounds together. Other chapters have enjoyed a wide variety of themes, from a Zombie Crawl to a Xena-themed yoga session to a Pixel Perfect ode to video games.
Next week is KC’s third event, with a “Let’s Get Crafty” theme. My co-leader, another brunchette, and I are each leading a geek-craft. My craft is comic book ornaments, as seen in the examples below. I figured it was an easy introduction to decoupage, but infinitely customizable to whatever comic brunchettes might favor, along with whatever ornament base they might choose.
- Select ornaments in shapes that will showcase an identifiable amount of comic art, in shapes that should be easy to cut out.
- Page through your comics for images that will fit your ornament. TIP: If the image you want is too big, you can scan it and resize to fit your ornament. That’s what I did for the Dr. Horrible cube above.
- Place the ornament on top of the comic page and trace around it. Cut out with scissors.
- Brush Mod Podge (I used matte, but glossy would also work) on the ornament and position the comic cut out on top. Smooth out any wrinkles (a brayer helps here).
- Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the comic image to seal.
- Optional: embellish the edges of the ornament with decorative washi tape (see Buffy example above) or acrylic paint (see TARDIS example above). For the Dr. Horrible cube, I colored the top of it with a bronze metallic Sharpie (top not shown).
I hope you will check out Geek Girl Brunch and join in on the fun! If you’re in the KC area, stop by and say hi!
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Talk about sisterly love! For her sister’s wedding recently, Amber Lackey of Sissy La-La created unique bouquets using comic book pages.
She cut each comic book page down to two 4×4″ squares and folded them into petals, using five squares to make each flower. The bride’s bouquet featured more than 300 petals and measured about 12-1/2″ across. It took about 150 pages and 14 hours to make. She went on to make two more bouquets.
Amber also created a garter using Marvel fabric:
Did you have any geek elements in your wedding, or have you seen some fun references in weddings you’ve attended? Please share in the comments!
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DuctTuff is an Etsy store in Portland, OR that specializes in sewn wallets. One example is this Batman, Batwoman and Robin wallet, available for $14. It’s a handmade item, made of a comic book, sandwiched between layers of an adhesive vinyl laminate. This makes for a super durable and long lasting wallet that is very water resistant. Sewing it combined the quality and strength of a traditional wallet with the novelty of comics.
It also features: four card slots that can expand to accommodate more than one card each; a 3” x 8.25” cash pocket; comic images in cash pocket; and is about 4” x 3” when closed.
Even with the variety of wallet themes available in the shop, DuctTuff also makes custom orders.
I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on decoupaging shoes, but this one is really good. I found it on Anomaly Geek Girl Podcasts and Blog (a site well worth investigating!). It’ll take you step-by-step through the process, complete with pictures. And the results are pretty awesome. Just imagine, you could have comic book shoes for every fandom!
Want another idea for up-cycling shoes into geek-tastic awesomeness? This tutorial is all about making your own glittery Police Box shoes! Look below for more fun links, and be sure to share your incredible comic book shoe creations.
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With so many great TV shows and movies out, there’s a lot of attention on comic books these days. It’s always nice to go back to the source material for the full backstory. While you’ve got your comics out, you might want to use some of the extras for this cool collage project, brought to us by Jessica from The Nifty Nerd.
Jessica has kindly put together a Nerdy Craft Tutorial on how she created her striking silhouette collages to adorn her hallway, including cutouts from Spiderman, plus a really cool Rohan horse banner crafted from Fellowship of the Ring book pages – you won’t want to miss that!
She also talked about other cutout backgrounds, like the Hogwarts houses, or Game of Thrones family crests. What fandom would you like to collage? I have a TARDIS in mind, from Doctor Who comic book pages…
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In nearly all flea markets, you can find a stash of comic books. What to do with them after reading them? You can make magnets! Amanda over on Crafts by Amanda has written a great post that gives you a tutorial on making them!
After you’ve made your plethora of magnets for yourself and friends and gifts, she has a link to learn how to make comic book coasters!
So the next time you’re at a flea market, hunt down those comics, and let the fun begin. Amanda also has 2 craft books, be sure to check them out!