While on this journey... our family tapped into a creative side we never new existed. We started finding a tremendous amount of enjoyment and connection in creating things together. Then shared what we created with people we love. We created Star Wars Art from stencils purchased online or made by our crafty friends with Cricut machines.
Connecting and sharing our creations with others created satisfaction beyond anything eating a food could ever provide.
Ryan highlights exactly how to recreate this family project in your home.
P.S. These make thoughtful homemade gifts for your Star Wars Loving family and friends.
by Ryan Kolb
For Mother’s Day 2023, I thought it would be fun to get some Star Wars art for our home. I went on deep dive searches for watercolor characters and original works (vs prints). Either I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for, or it was too cost prohibitive. So, I decided it was a better idea to make Star Wars artwork with our son. Special bonding time, artwork made with love and surprises, there is nothing better than that. I found some stencils on Etsy and made a purchase. I sometimes can not keep secrets that well, and when my wife brought something up, I let my idea slip. Though, I realized it was probably even better to surprise her with the stencils and make the artwork as a family (which it was).
The stencil art has been such a huge success, we are now making original artwork for our family members as gifts. And, what started as Din Djarin (The Mandalorian), Grogu, Ahsoka Tano, and a Tusken Raider, has now evolved into Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, IG-11, Chewbacca, Bo Katan, The Armorer, and an Ewok. My wife has a coworker who loves creating things with his Cricut and made us stencils. They were amazing! He created some of the most amazing stencils better than anything we could find on the internet. He just needed to find the right material to use in the Cricut that could work as a reusable Stencil.
Tape the stencil to the canvas
Don’t just slather paint over the stencil, globes of paint will seep under the stencil
More coats the better, so apply as many as necessary for desired results
Let paint dry between coats
Use finer pointed brushes for thin lines
Use accent lines for lighter color spots (like white)
After final coat dries, remove painters tape and template
Be careful with thinner parts of stencil not to rip when removing; they stick to the canvas after painting
We also got vehicle decals for our family car; a Tusken Raider child for our son, Princess Leia for my wife, and Darth Vader walking an AT-AT for me and the dog. Now, I got the stickers before the third season of The Mandalorian, and really before we watched the second season too. Therefore, now I would rather get my wife Ahsoka Tano, Bo Katan, or The Armorer; all of whom she enjoys acting out with our son. Also, I got an AT-AT decal with my favorite football team logo superimposed over it; because I thought it was fun.
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