Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Percy Jackson's costume for World Book Day
We don't go for elaborate creations for World Book Day, it's typically a t-shirt with our favourite book characters.
Two years ago, I made a Wimpy Kid costume for Eddie, using fabric pens on a plain white t-shirt. Last year Eddie's outfit was inspired by the wonderful series called The Raven Mysteries by Marcus Sedgwick. And again, I used fabric pens to draw Edgar the Raven.
Until a few days ago we were quite unsure what to choose as this year's theme. Luckily, on my weekly trip to one of the local charity shops I spotted an American edition of Percy Jackson & The Olympians The Ultimate Guide, with colourful illustrations, maps and cards. All children's books in that shop are sold at 10p per book.
We looked at Percy Jackson's image, and I thought: I could easily copy that outfit.
We found an orange t-shirt in M&Co (annoyingly, in a pack of 3, not on its own), and I ordered a pack of Tulip Slick 3-dimensional fabric paints online.
In the old days of my papercrafting blog I used a lot of Tulip paints. In fact, one of my cards even won me a major prize of a big stash of fabric paints, which lasted me a few years, and which I worked with extensively. Tulip 3-d paints come in a huge variety of colours, including glitter and metallic ones which look great on fabrics.
The illustration above was our basis for the outfit. I have copied an image of a running horse from a book Draw 50 horses (another bargain from the same charity shop) on a piece of paper and cut it out.
Using a plain pencil, I have drawn the outline of the horse, and added wings, to create an image of Pegasus.
Then using Tulip 3-d paints, I wrote the name of the camp and drew the winged horse.
Paints take up to 4 hours to dry, and after 72 hours you can even wash the fabric.
My son also asked me to draw a Poseidon's trident on the back.
Tomorrow my son will wear this Percy Jackson's t-shirt with jeans and trainers. He will take a sword and a pen with him too. If you know the books, you will understand the importance of the pen.
What costume will you child be wearing tomorrow?