Are you as excited about Rogue One opening this week as we are? The one person possibly more excited than us is Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She’s heading to an early screening dressed as Jyn Erso and there’s a bonus in it for you – she’s sharing her cosplay DIY! We’ll let her take it away…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for peppermint mochas, gingerbread houses, holiday decorating, sparkling lights and…
…THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIE!!! (I just may be more excited about that than anything else this holiday season!)
A friend invited our family to an exclusive (early) screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 15th. So we get to see the film hours earlier than anyone else. How cool is that?! My family is very excited!
Always looking for an excuse to dress up, I thought I’d throw together a quick costume to wear to the movie. But since this is a busy season for me, I don’t have a lot of time or money to spend on creating a costume…I found this photo of smuggler turned Rebel soldier, Jyn Erso, that seemed doable with limited time and resources.
I gathered some materials I had around the house and in my garage:
- Old black hat
- Safety goggles (you can get these at home improvement stores for under $4)
- Flex tubing (under $4, this is used to organize electrical cords)
- Black spray paint/primer
- Dead batteries (AA size)
- Dust mask (these are cheap, you can get a pack of 5 for $6…a smooth plastic respirator would look better, but are considerably more expensive)
- My son’s toy blaster (which I had painted for his Halloween costume)
- Gaffer’s tape (available online or at music/theater/photography equipment supply stores…it’s not cheap, but it’s one of my favorite materials to use for costume fabrication because it’s versatile, flexible, removable, non-damaging to most surfaces, and can be painted to look like fabric or leather)
- Card stock and Fine Tip Black Sharpie
- Modern Masters Metallic Paints in Champagne, Statuary Bronze, Blackened Bronze, and Silver. I use Modern Masters paints for everything because of their quality, durability, ease of use and the variety of amazing colors.
BLASTER: (I’m only showing for purposes of the cosplay idea, but won’t be bringing to the screening.) These are photos of the blaster I painted last year for my brother-in-law’s Boba Fett costume and my son’s “post apocalyptic warrior” costume from Halloween. The transformation is pretty awesome considering that the DIY is really very easy: simply spray paint the toy blaster with black primer, then dry brush a little bit of Modern Masters Silver and Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint. As with all Modern Masters products, a little bit goes a long way.
GAS MASK: For the “gas mask” apparatus, I sprayed the flex tubing and the dust mask black and then painted them with Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint. Since this will simply hang around my neck, I’ll attach the flex tubing to the mask and then to my clothes with Gaffer’s tape. I don’t want to have it wrap around my back as it’ll be uncomfortable to sit on in the theater, so I’ll cut the tubing and just have it hang in front of me, or tuck it into my belt.
HAT and GOGGLES: I have a black hat that I use as a painter’s cap and it looks identical to the hat Jyn Erso is wearing in the photo. Using a little bit of Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, I lightly dry brushed the edges of the brim to give it a weathered look. I wrapped the safety googles in Gaffer’s tape because it takes paint really well and I wanted to modify the look of the edges. It’s not a perfect match to the smooth metallic frame of Jyn Erso’s goggles, but the tape is completely removable, so once I’m done with the cosplay, I can peel off the tape and use the goggles again for work. After wrapping the goggles, I painted over the Gaffer’s tape with Champagne Metallic Paint and used a Sharpie to draw in some details.
BANDOLIER: For Jyn Erso’s bandolier or ammo belt, I wrapped strips of card stock with Gaffer’s tape to create a sash/belt that will be slung over one shoulder. Then I wrapped the dead AA batteries with Gaffer’s tape and adhered them to the bandolier. Using bits of folded and rolled card stock, covered with Gaffer’s tape, additional pockets and details were added. Again, with a quick dry brushing of Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, the bandolier was given a battle-worn look.
And that’s it! I’ve used these accessories to dress up a military style jacket, jeans, boots and a scarf that will pull together my look as Jyn Erso at the Rogue One screening. Be sure to check out my @LovePaperPaint Instagram feed for more on the full costume and movie event!
Happy Holidays and May the Force be with You!
The Rogue One Star Wars Cosplay DIY is by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She is a Southern California Decorative Painter, Muralist and Artist, who also designs gorgeous custom stationery and invitations. In addition to their foodie adventures, Katie’s Star Wars-obsessed family (including her creative husband and two artsy boys), are cosplay enthusiasts and often fabricate group costumes together just for fun during Halloween, for parties, and to attend San Diego Comic-Con International.