DIY Superhero Wall Art Using Stain

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I wanted to try the stain art that I had seen in tutorials from Reality Daydream/Sawdust and Embryos and Uniquely Grace. They made these amazing pictures look so easy and gorgeous. Well after I watched their videos about 1 million times I found the image I wanted to practice with. This is for my son, so it had to be Hulk and Spiderman.
First I used the block art app to divide the image into 6 equal blocks. This is the "grid method" from high school art class. Then I separated my wood panel into 6 equal size blocks. Using each block to draw smaller areas at a time was much easier for someone like me who can't freehand draw well.
Once I got all the basic area drawn, I used the original image to go back and draw in the remaining details. This took me quite some time as I'm not a good freehand person at all. I think I went through 3 or 4 erasers at least.
Then I gathered up some supplies. This is my first time using UnicornSpit stains and they worked out pretty awesome for this.
To start, I wanted to outline some of the fine line details. UnicornSpit works perfectly in my Molotow refillable paint pens. This is a 2 mm fine point.
Perfect for outlining details.
I outline the details first with Midnight's Blackness UnicornSpit.
Then using an old tee shirt and Molly Pepper Red, I started to fill in the color.
I used some mixol blue, White Ning and Molly Pepper Red to make a custom purple.
Mixed Midnight's Blackness and White Ning for the Hulk grey.
Used Midnight's Blackness to do some shading with and old t-shirt wrapped around my finger.
I did a quick coat of Arm R Seal to seal all the color before switching to gel stains to finish the background.
Last I took a few different General Finishes gel stains to shade and fill in the background then sealed the entire picture with a few coats of Arm R Seal.
And here it is all finished. I'm letting it cure a day before hanging up in my little buddy's room.
Suggested materials:
  • UnicornSpit
  • General Finishes
Jen Burns
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  • Kim Kim on Aug 24, 2016
    Did you have Molotow refillable paint pens per color? What is the difference between this pen & a paint pen [the ones that already have paint in them]?

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