I think by now you all know how much my family and I love Star Wars. A few weeks back I shared a DIY Star Wars Room make-over and recently, I’ve shared my fabulous purse, and let’s not forget the amazing Star Wars rings my husband surprised me with. If you thought I’d stop there you are mistaken! Today I am partnering up with General Mills to share this fun and totally awesome DIY BB-8 Painted Canvas. It’s the perfect addition to any room!
Supplies Needed to Make a DIY BB-8 Painted Canvas:
- A Blank White Canvas
- Image of BB-8 (just to use as a reference. I found mine on Google)
- Paintbrushes (in a variety of sizes)
- General Mills Specially Marked Big G Star Wars Cereals (for inspiration and cool decals)
- Black Acrylic Paint (I use the multi-surface satin for all the colors)
- White Acrylic Paint
- Blue Acrylic Paint
- Grey Acrylic Paint
- Yellow Acrylic Paint
- Orange Acrylic Paint
- Paper Towels
- Water Cup (to wash brushes in between use)
How to Make a DIY BB-8 Painted Canvas:
First, you will want to start by carefully drawing out BB-8 on your white canvas in PENCIL. I cannot stress the pencil aspect enough. If you are not an artist (like myself) you want to use pencil so you can fix or erase any errors. It’s much easier to erase pencil then it is to try to fix the paint once you’ve painted in that area.
A great way to draw is by starting with the basic shape of BB-8 (head and torso) then work your way inside to add details. I ended up choosing an image of BB-8 where he does “thumbs up” with a lighter like he does in the new movie. I thought it would be great to have some contrast of blue against the orange.
Next you will want to fill in all of the black. I decided the painting would look better if the entire canvas was black but you don’t have to do that. I painted the entire canvas black (including the sides) and all of the details inside of BB-8 that were black.
You want to allow this to dry for about an hour then add a second coat of paint to cover any white areas or flaws.
Next it’s time to add a bit of color! I started with the iconic orange color in BB-8. I ended up mixing a bit of yellow into the orange to add some highlights to BB-8. Again, allow this coat to dry before adding a second coat to cover any flaws.The next step is really all about adding the details. I used a very thin brush to paint details in BB-8’s face. I used grey and even went over some areas with white paint to make BB-8 a true white.
Once you finish adding all of the fine details you can color the flame of your light (if you are using the same image I did). I used blue so it would pop against the orange from BB-8. Another fun idea would be to use some glow in the dark paint over the blue paint so when the lights are off, it glows! I think I am going to add that to the one I did!
You can then use any white leftover to go in and add highlights to make BB-8 really look authentic.
After this step it’s all about waiting. You have to wait several hours until all of the paint is 100% dry. It would be terrible to move the canvas and realize it was still wet. It could ruin all your hard work.
Once mine was dry, I hung it up in my son’s room and surrounded it by some awesome Star Wars decals I received. Did I mention how awesome those decals were? They were like a thick sticker and they were totally easy to remove without any damage done to the wall. Perfect for those of us that are challenged when it comes to hanging things straight (that’s me).
Those Star Wars decals are actually available to you too! You can find them in specially marked boxes of General Mills Big G cereals! So you know what you are looking for, here are what the boxes look like:
So what are you waiting for? As of this month, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Cheerios and Cheerios Multi Grain include the exclusive decals – six in all. With cameos from both the light and dark sides, the clings feature character appearances from: R2-D2 & C-3PO, Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and a Stormtrooper. You will just have to collect them all!
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