When I received the news that I’d be a part of a Style: Magazine feature on… style, I panicked because it’s Style: Magazine, and I didn’t have suitable accessories for my look. Being me, my rarely logical brain concluded that I should “simply” DIY something.
Inspired by Grime’s Pussy hat from Genesis, I decided to make an over-the-top baseball cap with things that I love: ang moh comic books and a bunch of other OTT things (that I have yet to add on)!
The only available time frame I had to attempt the DIY was from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday (a day before the shoot lol), in Mash-Up’s store at Parco. Underestimating the amount of time it takes to stick stuff on as usual, I was still working on it while Christian was touching up my hair at, like, 3am. Pretty sure there’s a moral in here somewhere…
What you’ll need
- 1. Baseball Cap, Daiso, $2
- 2. Scissors, Stolen from Mash-Up, $0
- 3. Comic Book, Some shop in Bras Basah Complex, $1.90
- 4. Sponge Brush, Art Friend, $0.64
- 5. Mod Podge (Classic Gloss), Art Friend, $4.50
Step 1: Tear out a few pages from the comic book and cut it into small, random pieces.
Step 2: Cut a selection of interesting speech bubbles, action words, and characters. Trim them nicely for Step 4!
Step 3: Using the brush, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the cut-outs and the surface area of the cap. Then stick it on. Hard. It may not stay on immediately, so have patience and apply a few more layers of Mod Podge while holding it down.
Step 4: Once the cap is completely covered, stick the speech bubbles, action words, and characters on! Here are some of my favourites :D
Step 5: Apply a thin Mod Podge over the surface of the glued on cut-outs for a glossy finish. Why yes, it’s a varnish as well!
Step 6: WEAR IT WITH PRIDE.
- Be warned that this is an extremely time-consuming project that can get verrrrry messy.
- I bought a comic book with thick glossy paper as I was terrified that matte paper would disintegrate. But now I doubt it.
- It’s much easier with stiffer surfaces. Getting the cut-outs to stay on the fabric was something of a nightmare. The stiff front part of the cap was effortless in comparison.
- Use smaller pieces to tackle the curves!
- I find that it looks better when similar looking frames are scattered across the surface so that there’s a variety of visuals and colours.
- Good luck, and godspeed!