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8-Bit Artwork on Wood

Inspired by video games from the 1980s, making 8-bit style artwork is a fun creative project that's easy to make. 

The key is to make a reference that will transfer easily to this simple style. It can mean a picture of a tree, a car, or in this instance, some of my family members.

Here's how I did it. 

STEP 1: Measure out on a piece of plywood the size and shape you'd want to make. For this particular piece, I used 1/2" plywood 2 feet wide by 1 foot in height. Use a circular or table saw to achieve this.

Cutting 1 inch by 1 inch squares from all 4 corners of the wood, it gives it a more 'pixelated' frame. In fact, square is the key word throughout this project, so be sure you have a measuring tape, ruler, and/or protractor at all times to make sure everything is literally squared away.

Use a jigsaw with a high number of teeth so that it can cut it accurately. 

STEP 2: Use a power sander or sandpaper to smooth any roughened edges and surfaces. Start with 150 grit sandpaper and then finish off with 220 grit sandpaper.

STEP 3: Begin to layout your design using paint of your choice. Starting with a base coat, you can easily draw out your designs over it. You can always re-coat and erase at this stage to alter or cover any 'happy accidents'.

STEP 4: At this and really at every step, use your ruler to ensure straight lines are always occurring. Begin to paint your more detailed lines using an artist's brush. Use latex based paint, and remember to have a cup of water within arms reach to alter or remove anything.

The real secret for long straight lines is blue painters tape. You can use this with great success to give yourself those hard, crisp lines.

STEP 5: For any lettering that you'd wish to look 8-bit vintage as well, opt for finding those typefaces (fonts) online through whatever style you like. 

Print it out and cut out the letters using a hobby knife

Stanley 5 in. Hobby Knife

Use your new stencil with spray paint to give the work a professional look.

Erase any pencil lines from your design and recoat any surfaces that need it. As a final option, you can also use a high gloss clear coat to give it a finalized shiny appearance.

And as with any unique project like this, it's up to you at the end of the day to design and plan whatever option you prefer. 

Let us know if you have any further questions regarding this fun project.

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Posted 2015-12-23T19:00:53+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL