Below is a list of some of the resources and tools that I use currently or have used in the past. I’ve done a lot of trial and error so hopefully this helps you cut to the chase and get creating faster!
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Websites and Hosting
- Build a Website with WordPress on SiteGround: To build a website, I typically direct people to use WordPress, a free, open-source platform. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to set up your domain (i.e. www.mywebsite.com) and hosting. A company like SiteGround can help you with both, then you’ll install WordPress. If you already have a domain and hosting with another provider, install WordPress, then start building from there.
- Divi – WordPress Theme: After you’ve installed WordPress, you’ll need a template or theme. Divi from Elegant Themes is very robust and has visual builder. Follow their instructions for installation.
- Make – WordPress Theme: Make from the Theme Foundry is another useful theme that also has a basic free option if you’re just starting out. Follow their instructions for installation.
- Squarespace: If you don’t feel up to the task of building a website with WordPress, Squarespace can handle your hosting and has easy-to-use templates.
- Wix: Free, basic websites; great if you’re just starting out.
- Mailchimp: Email marketing (FREE for up to 2,000 subscribers)
Invoicing and Accounting
- Freshbooks: Online invoicing, time-tracking, and expense tracking.
Printing and On-Demand Products
Business Cards, Postcards, etc.
It always depends on a few factors like quantity and how quickly you need it. I use these printers most frequently:
- PrintPlace – also has local pickup in Arlington, TX. Select “Will Call”
Book and Greeting Card Printing
Art Prints and On-Demand Printed Products etc.
- Redbubble – This is where my art products are made! (Leggings, shirts, tote bags, art prints, phone cases, and more)
Body and Face Painting, Special Effects and Makeup Supplies and Training
- Stan Winston School: Online special effects learning from the pros. In each class, they also tell you the names of the products/tools and where to buy them, so it’s worth taking a class just to get that info!
- Brick In The Yard Mold Supply
- Evil Ted Smith’s Youtube Channel – www.youtube.com/user/evilted40
- Brick in the Yard Mold Supply: (Dallas, TX and online) BITY is a supplier of Polytek materials.
- Reynolds: (Dallas, TX and online) Reynolds is a supplier of SmoothOn materials.
Body Paint, Special Effects Makeup, Theater Makeup, Eco-Friendly Makeup
- Norcostco: (Dallas, TX and online)
- Camera Ready Cosmetics (Dallas, TX and online)
- Credo (Plano, TX and online) – for eco-friendly and organic makeup
- Your Enchanted Face: (Dallas, TX) Contact Sharon Hodges for Mehron Makeup supplies.
- Jenny Beauty Supply: (Dallas, TX) Wigs and hair extensions (some brightly colored wigs), eyelashes (mostly black), wig caps, hair styling tools and accessories, and styrofoam wig heads.
- Rockstar Wigs
- Arda Wigs
- Electrique Boutique: (Dallas, TX) Colored and shiny lashes, plus black light reactive lashes.
- Jenny Beauty Supply: (Dallas, TX) Mostly natural-colored lashes
- Local pop-up Halloween stores (especially after Halloween)
Costume and Prop Supplies
- TNT Cosplay Supply – online and Dallas, TX
- Amazon – Interlocking Anti-fatigue EVA Foam Floor Mat
- Harbor Freight – online and local, both interlocking and rolls.
- Sears – Large roll (46 in. x 93 in.) “Best Step Anti Fatigue Foam Garage Floor Mat”
Contact Cement for Foam
- Barge Cement – online or available in Dallas, TX at TNT Cosplay Supply or Tandy Leather
- Dap 00107 3-Ounce Weldwood Contact Cement – Online
Jacquard Fabric Paints
- Bal Togs Adult Mock Neck Long Sleeve Unitard
- Superfan Suits – Lots of options, including open-face and gloved unitards.
- Harbor Freight Tools: Chip brushes, paint brushes, buckets, hot glue sticks, heat guns, nitrile gloves, work gloves, respirators, utility knife replacement blades, protective eyewear, etc.
- Michael’s: A good alternative for art supplies in a pinch, especially when you have coupons.
|Airbrush – Iwata Eclipse Gravity-feed
NOTE: If this is your first airbrush, you might consider ordering a kit that includes a compressor and hose. This Iwata kit from Chicago Airbrush Supply looks like a great option for getting started. I saw it on Craig Fraser’s airbrush tutorial on Stan Winston School.
|Iwata-Medea Air Hose|
|Badger Air-Brush Co. TC910 Aspire Pro Compressor: I like that this compressor has an air storage tank and a case around it for my airbrush holder.|
|Master Airbrush® Brand Universal Clamp-on Airbrush Holder. Holds up to 6 Airbrushes|
|Fiskars 18×24 Inch Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat|
|Sewing Machine – Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW: A good, basic sewing machine. This one has a lot of plastic parts that could potentially break. But for the cost, this is a great machine to get you up and running quickly.|
|Serger – Baby Lock BL450: Baby Lock doesn’t sell their sergers online, so find a retailer, such as JoAnn’s. I bought this machine in 2006 and it’s still going strong.|
|Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Kit:|
|Dremel 225-01 Flex Shaft Attachment|
|Xacto X7747 Board Cutter: For cutting angled edges on EVA foam.|