Author: Ginger Kate

I'm an American Ginger dancing through life creating art! I'm an Actor, Photographer, Painter and Writer who dabbles in Music. I'm a total fan girl, old soul, history and Latin geek with an addiction to Rock and Roll and Fashion.

Kate Crate – Unboxing

This is a really special post for me. I want to share with you guys an unboxing video of the FIRST EVER in the history of ever KATE CRATE!! One of my good friends, Fourth Doctor Cosplayer and my MegaCon buddy, Chris was thoughtful enough to create a personalized Kate Crate and send it my way. His one condition was that I film an unboxing video so, of course, I complied.

I’ve been experiencing kind of a rough time recently and a very special select few of my friends have been in my corner and helping me through. Receiving this Kate Crate is a really important moment of light during a pretty dark period for me. I cannot say “Thank you!” enough, Chris for doing this for me!

Now that I have received my Kate Crate, I am on a mission to put together a pretty fantastic Chris Crate to send in return! And, who knows? Maybe this Kate Crate/Chris Crate will become a “thing” and I’ll get to share with you guys future videos about them!!

Thanks for reading! If you don’t already, please subscribe. You can also see what kind of nerdy fun I’m getting into on my cosplay page on Facebook: GingerKate Cosplay. You can also (and I would so very much appreciate it if you would) follow me on Instagram @gkcosplay (I’m also @gingerkate). I have links to all that great stuff on the side bar so please show me some love and support and I will always return the favor in kind. I hope you guys enjoy my Kate Crate Unboxing video… It turned into kind of a long one but I was having too much fun blabbering on about all the items and some other random thoughts that popped into my brain and immediately out of my mouth while filming.

*And, yeah… before any of you call me out… I refer to a White Walker (from Game of Thrones) as an Ice Warrior (from Doctor Who)… deal with it.*

Thanks again for reading and watching!

Love, GK

June’s Cosplay Karaoke

Last night I enjoyed another amazing Cosplay Karaoke Party with my friends of The Treasure Coast Cosplayers. Here are some of my favorite shots from the night!

I was also given one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received. One of my favorite people on this planet, Mike, got me a blue box (external hard drive) with a TARDIS on it and had another great friend of mine, Scott, to load it up with all the existing Classic Who episodes!!! I can not express just how much I love these two and how happy they made both of my hearts!


Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

DIY – Accessories Organizers

Recently, I got some cheap supplies from the thrift store and the craft store and decided it was time to finally organize all my Fandom jewelry and, of course, my sunglasses. I’ve made a sunglasses frame style organizer before but it was time for a new one. Here’s how I did it all:

First up: Sunglasses Frame Organizer

What you’ll need:

  • Old frames (size depending on your need/use)
  • Spray paint
  • Ribbon
  • Super glue
  • Flat thumb tacks

FullSizeRender_2

1.) I picked up some ugly bathroom art at the thrift store.

2.) Spray frames

FullSizeRender_4

3.) Using glue AND thumb tacks, attach ribbon to the back of the frame. *Be aware of the space you’ll need for hanging the sunglasses. I attached one ribbon close to the top and another about half-way down the frame.

FullSizeRender

Done. Bingo-Bango, you’ve got your sunglasses organized and easily accessible. (I have a thing for sunglasses…)

Next: Jewelry Organizers

What you’ll need: *This is really up to you and how you want to organize. I chose:

  • Cork board
  • Bulby thumb tacks
  • Small dishes/bowls
  • Hemp upholstered bracelet holder
  • Hemp canvases (small, matches bracelet holder)
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint

FullSizeRender_5

Necklace Display:

1.) To jazz up the cork board, I taped off the design I wanted and sprayed with gold spray paint.

2.) I also sprayed the bulby thumb tacks to match.

Bracelet Display:

3.) Using the acrylic paint (I chose teal), I painted a swirly design around the bracelet holder.

Earring Display:

4.) Using the same acrylic paint, I painted stripes on the small hemp canvases to coordinate and tie everything together.

FullSizeRender_3

That’s really it. Just getting creative with some cheap stuff so I can easily accessories my Geek-Chic ensembles without having to dig through boxes of tangled jewelry. I keep the fancy stuff in a proper jewelry box but for all the fun stuff, I really like my new set-up.

FullSizeRender_6

Plenty of space for even more jewelry like those I receive from my Fandom of the Month Club boxes each month… Oh, I haven’t told you about my Fandom of the Month Club boxes each month? Well, that’s a post for another day.😉

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

DIY – Crystal Ball Prop

Yesterday, I shared a DIY makeup tutorial for how I do my makeup when performing as Simza Vadoma Luminista in Balthazar’s Band of Beauties. Today, I thought I’d share how I made my own prop crystal ball. It’s really quite simple and lots of fun for a halloween decoration or theatre prop.

What you’ll need:

  • Old, round light fixture. (Or a new one, whatever)
  • Wood circles of various sizes (& small trinket box)
  • Gold spray paint (optional: glitter spray paint)
  • Super Glue
  • Wood Glue
  • Small battery powered light

FullSizeRender

FullSizeRender_3

1.) Spray your wood pieces and allow to dry completely. You can find these at any craft store. I also purchased a small, plain cardboard trinket box found in the same craft aisle that fit the light fixture perfectly and holds the light. Spray that too.

2.) Using both super glue and wood glue, I stacked these pieces. Allow to dry completely.

FullSizeRender_2

And thats really it! Super easy!

3.) Add battery powered light and then pop the glass sphere from the light fixture snuggly on top (trinket box fitting inside bulb).

*for extra security, I use double sided tape around the top tier (trinket box) to hold the bulb in place when performing. Its still easy to remove to turn the light on and off and can easily be replaced if needed. It’s also hidden so nobody sees the tape.

BONUS DIY: I didn’t want to use any of my real tarot decks during performances so I purchased some sparkley poster board and found a free tarot deck download online. I had the tarot images printed at Staples and then just glued them to the board and cut to size.

FullSizeRender_5

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

DIY – Hollow Eyes Makeup

Earlier this year, as Ive posted, some friends and I from the Treasure Coast Cosplayers hosted a Creep Walk at a local Horror Con. My original character is a Gypsy Fortune-Teller named Simza Vadoma Luminista and she gauged her own damn eyes out, ya’ll. I wanted to share a step-by-step on how I do my makeup for this character, so here goes:

You will need:

  • Window Screen
  • Liquid Latex
  • Tissue
  • Fake Blood
  • Foundation/Concealer
  • Powder
  • Black eyeliner jumbo pencil
  • Black eyeshadow


FullSizeRender_6

1.) Using liquid latex and strips of tissue/paper towel/TP/whatever really, I attach the strips around my eye. This is the most time-consuming of the process but after a few rounds, you can slap it on pretty quickly. I make sure to go above my eyebrow so I avoid ripping out my eyebrows when I remove the makeup. I extend down along/just below my cheek bones.

2.) Once the tissue strips are attached and the latex is dry, I use cream foundation everywhere including the tissue so it’ll look like ripped skin. I used stage makeup whenever I’m doing special effects stuff because I trust it and it lasts the entire time. This foundation/concealer is by Ben Nye. You can order it online. It’s a very recognizable stage makeup name. (Masquerade and Kryolan are two of my other favorite brands and can also be purchased online)

FullSizeRender_4

3.) All inside the tissue circle, COVER your eyes using a black jumbo eyeliner crayon/pencil. I’m using one by NYC. it was super cheap at the drug store and works just fine. You’ll want to also seal the black using a highly pigmented black eyeshadow. (I forget what brand this is here but its of higher quality and provides great coverage.) I also used a regular size black eyeliner pencil for the details and getting every bit of my eye area.

4.) Use a brush to apply stage blood all around the edges of the tissue. Smudge it in the crack where the tissue attaches to your skin. This doesn’t need any precision; it’s supposed to look like your eyes were ripped out so you can just squish that stuff all around.

5.) You can purchase window screen by the roll at any home improvement store for relatively cheap. I used a circular cotton pad to measure out a good sized circle and cut a few pairs out. Apply more liquid latex around the edges of your screen circles. Let the latex dry just a bit and then apply INSIDE the tissue. The ripped, bloody looking “skin” should still be hanging ragged around the edge of the screen. Allow to dry completely.

*One of the annoying bits of this makeup is that your eyelashes, depending on how long they are, may rub against the screen and it just feels weird but you deal with it for the sake of having awesome gorey makeup.

6.) Finish up by adding more stage blood. And some more stage blood all around the “ripped skin”, inside the lip where “skin” meets screen, and allow some to drip from the “wound”.

IMG_5357

Bam! There you have it. In well-lit areas, your friends can see the whites of your eyes behind the screen but in photos, close your eyes, and in dark areas you can get the effect perfectly fine.

I hope this inspires some of you to explore horror and special effects makeup. Its something I’ve always loved and totally need to dive back in. Thanks so much for reading!

Love, GK