Though my college graduation was only two weeks ago, it feels like a lifetime ago. I decorated my grad cap before I started Oshiro Design, so I didn't document the process too well, but hopefully you can bear with me. (:
I'm not sure how I came up with my design idea, except that I was browsing Pinterest for like 3 days and suddenly things came together. Originally I was dead-set on this Pocahontas quote: "Listen to your heart, you will understand." I also was diggin' a theme based on The Giving Tree, since I've loved that book since I learned to read. (I also continue to love trees in general) But alas, I went with a galaxy theme and a Joan of Arc quote.
I found the galaxy tutorial via Pinterest, and was nervous because I'd never done any galaxy painting before, in addition to the fact that I was using 10 year old acrylic paint. I more-or-less followed the tutorial, but I simply dipped my paintbrush into the colors, and I just used broad strokes and a circular pattern in random areas around the cap to create a less-organized feel.
I probably used 6-8 different colors, and it took a while to master the 'technique' to reflect the vision of the galaxy that I had in mind. I also needed to feel out how much paint was needed to show up on my black cap. For a while, my cap looked pretty ugly, but after an hour or so, I could tell that it was really coming together. (that sounds like quite a while, but one of my good friends was over decorating her cap and we were girl talking/listening to music so time flew by) I then added colors to areas that I thought were too bare so I could get a result that I was pleased with. One of my last steps was to add the glitter paint, which made it REALLY pop! Finally, I used a toothbrush and white paint to fleck the 'stars' onto my cap.
The letters were Hampton Art's Glitz & Glitter stick-ons, which I found at Jo-Ann's, along with the other supplies that I bought for this project. I found some small stick-on rhinestones to write out "2014 Bulls" and I found a boutique bow hair tutorial on Youtube for the bow that I sewed onto the cap. (unfortunately I can't find the exact tutorial I used, but if you do a quick Google search, there are many tutorials out there)
Let me know if you have any questions about my methods or if you'd like more information about anything! Have you guys graduated yet? If so, what did you do with your cap, or how did you spend your graduation day?
Blog posts from 2014-2015 were transferred from my original blog on blogger, Oshiro Design, to my updated website, oshirodesigns.com