Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Maria


Cosplay Progress – Anna from Frozen – Part One

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Let me tell you a little about my progress on the Frozen cosplay. You can read what started all this and why I love Anna so much here. Today, I just want to share some details of what I have done so far.

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I started off with customising the boots. These particular boots started their life as a plain old boring pair of black faux-leather mid-heel boots. In order to give them that signature berry sole I painted them with nail varnish. I had a bottle of Nails Inc. in Piccadilly Circus at home that worked colour-wise. It came as a freebie with some sort of magazine I picked up to read on a long train journey a few years ago (this is when being a hoarder is a positive).If you only do the heels and the sides of the soles, one bottle should be more than enough. However, I wanted the entire sole covered and didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on nail varnish that I wasn’t even using for nails. So I got the closest colour match I could find among cheaper products, which is Barry M in Raspberry (I mean, £2.99 instead of £11.00. You get my point). The nail varnish brush allows enough precision to make this job pretty easy. You will want a couple of layers to get even coverage and a lovely rich colour, just make sure you let each layer dry before applying a second coat. One important thing to keep in mind if you are planning on doing something like this is make sure you have a window open or the fumes will get you. 


Once I was happy with the colour, it was on to the beautiful golden pattern. I used the Pebeo Setacolor fabric paint in Gold for this. Firstly, I sketched the pattern in full size on a piece of paper. I then highlighted a few points (as you can see on the picture), measured the distance between them and transferred those marks on to the boots. Then it’s just a case of connecting the dots, one of my favourite activities ever since I was a little kid. I used a cotton bud to apply the paint, but I recommend using a brush if you are looking for a really thin line. If you mess up a little, you can use any black shoe polish to cover the mishaps. My pattern did not turn out as perfect as the pedantic side of me would like it to be, but overall I think it looks lovely.


I hope you have enjoyed this little insight and like the look of the boots. I still have quite a lot to do before my Anna’s first outing, so expect another update soon. If you would like to share any thoughts/suggestions or give constructive criticism please use the comment section below, I would love to know what you think.

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