Thursday, October 10, 2013

Batman Themed Bathroom ( Batman Curtains / Wayne Enterprises Candles DIY Tutorial)

Okay, for those of  you who follow my Facebook or my Instagram @nerdrendezvous you'd know I've made progress on my Batman/Batgirl themed bathroom. Mostly DIY with some altered store-bought stuff, it's going along pretty well. I thought curtains would be easy to make myself, and I was right! For once a prject that didn't turn out to be harder than I thought. So....let's begin with some SUPER EASY DIY stuff for any room, not just bathrooms!

Wayne Enterprises Decor

What you will need:
Flameless Candles (preferably wax coated)
Printed out Wayne Enterprises logo
Paint & Paintbrush

Cut out your logos to fit/center easily on the candle. Cover the backside of the logo paper in graphite (basically scribble all over it, nice & thick.)

Tape the logo where you'd like it on the candle, and trace over the logo with a sharp pencil.

On the left you see the taped on logo after being traced, and on the right you see what it should look like after trace.

Fill in your traced logo with paint and wait for it to dry. Make a mistake? if you have the wax coated flameless candle, you can very gently scrape off the oopsies.

Batman Logo Curtains

What you will need:
Sewing machine
Iron-on transfer sheets you can print on with your own printer

You will need to measure out the length of the curtain rod/space you are putting the curtains.  I added a little extra so the curtain would be frilly.  You also need to measure how long you want the curtain (how far it needs to hang down) and add 3 inches to that number (you will fold that over to create the loop to slide the rod through. Here's my pithy sketch version of that sentence:

As you can see (you probably can't but I am pretending my scribbles were actually legible) I used 2.5 yards of cotton fabric that was 44 in. wide to make both curtains. Yay for planning and saving money.

You'll have to lay out your fabric right side down, mark all this out and carefully cut the two pieces out. If you did it like I did, where both curtains were cut out from the bottoms of the fabric, you won't need to put seams on the bottom of each, because the bolt of fabric they cut your material from should have sealed edges.  Fold in both smaller sides, the "ends" if you will (using mine as an example, the sides that measured 15&18.5) 1/4" and hem them.
With the right side facing down, fold the raw edge (the top, or on mine the 2.5&1.5 yrd side, you cut) over the top 2.5-3". The 2.5-3 inches will be the right side of the fabric, you will pin/sew a line 1/4" from the bottom of that edge (3" from the top of the curtain) and then sew another line 1-1.5" from the top depending on how wide your curtain rod is.

If you squint, you can see the two sewed lines on the left hand side of the picture which is the top of the curtain. I flipped the fabric over to show the right side in this pic.
Mark the center line(s) for where you want your bat(s) to go.
Iron on your bat(s) according to the iron-on sheets instructions. 

Since I had scrap I used it to make some strips for bows. Just sew the rectangular strips on to both sides of the curtain (4 pieces for two bows) and then tie them into bows.

Presto chango normal boring curtains are now gone! Also Ignore the hideous wallpaper in these pics...this is one of the reasons I decided to change my bathroom around, and will be gone as soon as I figure out what is behind it.

Custom Towel Rack

Mod Podge
Clear Coat (Waterproof)

I simply painted my existing towel rack black and purple, used some mod podge/comics to add a few details, and then clear coated it a few times to make sure no water could harm it. Wait for it to seriously dry before exposing it to the damp bathroom conditions. I waited three days before I put it together and hung it in the bathroom. Again...ignore the wallpaper.

Tadaaaa.....another detail I added was my Haunted Arkham Asylum print by artist Abe Lopez which can be found here:

I am currently designing some drawer pulls and other little touches to make it a little more batty in my bathroom. Not to newest cosplay is almost complete. I hope to release it next week or so....;)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Realizations/Star of Batman / Batgirl Bathroom Begins!

Howdy ya'll. I know I have been really quite as of late. I am a bit of an introvert. Shocking, right? I love to cosplay, it pushes me to the limits of my human interaction quotas, in fact it was at my first convention that I broke out of my shell and learned to "be cool" and calm in a crowd.
As Nerd Rendezvous will be changing around some to include other topics, like gaming and other fun goodies, I'd like to start writing more, not just photos and tutorials. I decided to begin posting on a few of my favorite things :D
Let's start with my earliest memory of comic-related things, shall we?

I was a teeny tiny tot of no more than 3 at the time, and Gerard Christopher was in a little show called, "The Adventures of Superboy." I grew up in a house where the kids were not allowed to change the channels or choose the channels, however that little half an hour show was right during an hour that no one else had claimed the tube. I am told I would run in five minutes ahead of the show, regardless of daylight savings or broken clocks, it was just an internal knowledge that Superboy was saving the world again. We didn't have chairs in the "TV room" so I would always sit directly in front of the dinosaur box and nearly go cross-eyed each time.
I didn't get excited about much as a kid, I didn't act like other children my age in preschool and was always informed by my teachers that I was the most disciplined child in their class. Justice, and a sense of right vs. wrong made me so happy, I'd hold my breath the entire scene, waiting for those commercials to breathe again. I'd pull my hair and freak out EVERY time the crooks, villains, and miscellaneous bad dudes got the best of Clark. My mother thought it so cute she wrote in to the show and scored me autographed photos of the stars. She also tried one of those, "guess what...superman brought a present for you" wool over the eyes trick that parents are wont to do. It worked for a day or so. The present? A pair of boys pj's that looked like the Superman costume, complete with flowy cape. I lie. The cape wasn't flowy. it was however, full of static electricity ALL the time. Which brings me to an important point. There were next to NO things for girls who liked comics back then. You bought boys t-shirts, pj's, shoes, etc. Unless you wanted to get stuck with princess Ariel everything.

Skip ahead a few years, I didn't get to continue watching Superboy. I stopped getting comic inspired clothes, and did not have the option of getting actual comics. I did happen upon a little series called Batman: The Animated Series a little while later, perhaps you've heard of it? (You should have heard of it....if you haven't re-evaluate your life.) I fell head over heels for Batman. I never saw anything like him. A bright beam of hope for me, that a human could be SO much. Do SO much. Save SO much. Have such a strong sense of justice...just like me...only I was little. I still didn't have the ability to get comics. I was scared around regular people. I got to see the live-action Batman movies, and that was a BIG deal for me. I was given a Batman vs. Joker collection and that was even bigger.

I LOVED Darkwing Duck and Goliath from Gargoyles, I would only watch shows with a sense of righting wrongs and criminal justice, now that I think about it. I never got to see all the episodes from my favorite shows, but now as an adult I think it's absolutely wonderful that we can get the dvds and a: fall in love all over again (Goliath, I'm talking about you, you big lug) and b: see those episodes we missed.

I only just found Justice League and JLU near the beginning of this year when I got a netflix. Holy cow. If only I hand known about these/it was possible for me to see them back, c'est la vie.

Now I am old enough, and able to go and do things related to what I love. And even though I can be a hermit sometimes, I promise to try to work out a schedule for writing here. Side Note: I started work on my Batman/Batgirl themed bathroom. I was going to wait until I pulled up the floor, and took down the one wall of wallpaper. I then saw about how long it'd be before that occurred so I took the liberty of starting to do what I can, like this re-purposed comic towel holder! Tomorrow I am getting the fabric for my above the shower/window curtains. Stay tuned for that and the changes here. Also...I post more frequently on our Nerd Rendezvous' page.

See what I mean about the wallpaper? UGH!