Saturday, December 19, 2015

Making Everyday Crafts Gothic

Finding specifically Goth craft inspiration can be a bit of a challenge. While there are wonderful bloggers out there who post their projects, they are few and far between. So, when you want to do your own DIY and crafts, you might have to look to non-Goth sources. But, if you're stuck looking at a project and unsure of how to proceed to turn it into something Goth-worthy, keep the following things in mind.



Change the Color

When looking at the basic outline of your DIY inspiration, be it a scrapbooking page, a sewing pattern, a miniature, etc. imagine it swapped into different colors. Black is an obvious choice but add jewel-toned accents, especially red and purple, and small shocks of white. Swapping anything bronze or gold for silver will also more easily identify it as a Goth piece.

Change the Material

If you're sewing, keep in mind that you can render your own version in more Goth materials to give it your own flavor. This is especially true if you're looking at clothing patterns. Swap basic knits and cottons for velvet or leather or add overlays of fishnet and lace to turn something normal into something Siouxsie-worthy.

Change the Motifs

Where the craft inspiration might be full of daisies and baby animals, you can add a gothic edge by swapping these motifs for something spookier. Bats are an obvious choice for many of us, but also consider spider webs, coffins, crosses, ankhs, moons, skulls, tombstones, gothic architecture elements, corset lacing, pirate skull and crossbones, and other things that are more easily identifiable as Gothic.

Readers, how do you usually add a Goth edge to your DIY projects when the inspiration is more or less plain?

7 comments:

  1. You have nailed the three fundamentals - color, material and motifs. Changing one or more of those can make almost any project look suitably goth. I have several project idea cards from the craft store which I picked up with plans of making the projects in goth style. My favorite gothifiers are bat motifs and black lace.

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    1. I admire the way you can change any item of decor to be more gothy with just a coat of paint (the chest of drawers you did sticks out in my mind.) Thank you!

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  2. I tend to stock up on craft supplies around Halloween, and use that stuff in my projects year round. I have Halloween themed ribbon, fabric, scrapbook paper, washi tape, and unfinished wooden shapes stockpiled right now.

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    1. That's honestly the best plan, you get much more Goth-appropriate variety but at a cheaper price as well! Especially if you can hit up the sales.

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  3. I'd not thought of it before but there aren't many goth craft blogs out there. Maybe I shall start doing some tutorials as well as posting my creations. The only site that has a fair bit of goth crafts is cutoutandkeep.net and that's not as good as it used to be years ago unfortunately.

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