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My Ghostly Friends


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Found an image of these pretty cool looking Ghostly Hitchhikers on line and decided I needed to make them. I wanted to challenge my painting creativity a bit so off to the store I went for supplies...let me know what you think :-)

I purchased a 4x8 sheet of 1/4" sanded plywood. Once I got home I cut the 4x8 sheet in half to make it more manageable. Now keep in mind you can purchase the size board needed already cut but I typically find it is usually more expensive that way. Since I jump at the chance to use my power tools, I decided to simply cut my 4x8 sheet myself.

I then took the Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard paint and painted the entire sanded side only of each board with a small roller brush. I let dry while I went and did some errands with my son.

Upon arrival back at home I got out our projector and hooked it up to the laptop. I took one of the boards and propped up against the wall painted side facing out. I opened the image on the laptop and projected it on to the black painted side of the board. (All lights in the room were completely shut off for better viewing of image)

I then took the Rust-oleum gray paint and started outlining the image. At times I used the white and black paint to blend in some shading areas. (This is where it can get a bit challenging. I'm not the greatest painter and shading is definitely a weak spot of mine but I was up for the task) Periodically I would step back and block the projector light so I could see my image(s) come to life. At those points I added more shading in areas.

They are not perfect, but I was happy with the results and will SO do a projection image project again.

Each image took me approximately 1 hour to do.

Once the image dried completely overnight, I can now take my jig saw either cut around each drawing like a Silhouette or cut them with a straight edge to frame for later use.

They are now ready to display where you would like!

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  • RChampine strikes again! Great idea to use your projector like this, and you did a wonderful job on these fun/spooky guys. They look just like the Haunted Mansion characters!
    By RYOBI Nation, on October 26, 2016
    • Awe thank you @ryobination for such kind words. I have been super busy with a few projects that I will be posting soon. Just need to get them completely finished first. Thank you for allowing us to put our projects out here for all to see. This motivates me to do more :-).
      By rchampine, on October 26, 2016

  • These are really cute! Great job doing them!
    By brissette, on October 27, 2016

  • love the drawings the idea is great i will defiantly keep that in mind a light bright doesn't quite cut it for large projects.
    By waynel, on November 26, 2016

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My Ghostly Friends

by rchampine
Oct 25, 2016

Found an image of these pretty cool looking Ghostly Hitchhikers on line and decided I needed to make them. I wanted to challenge my painting creativity a bit so off to the store I went for supplies...let me know what you think :-) I purchased a 4x8 sheet of 1/4" sanded plywood. Once I got home I cut the 4x8 sheet in half to make it more manageable. Now keep in mind you can purchase the size board needed already cut but I typically find it is usually more expensive that way. Since I jump at the chance to use my power tools, I decided to simply cut my 4x8 sheet myself. I then took the Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard paint and painted the entire sanded side only of each board with a small roller brush. I let dry while I went and did some errands with my son. Upon arrival back at home I got out our projector and hooked it up to the laptop. I took one of the boards and propped up against the wall painted side facing out. I opened the image on the laptop and projected it on to the black painted side of the board. (All lights in the room were completely shut off for better viewing of image) I then took the Rust-oleum gray paint and started outlining the image. At times I used the white and black paint to blend in some shading areas. (This is where it can get a bit challenging. I'm not the greatest painter and shading is definitely a weak spot of mine but I was up for the task) Periodically I would step back and block the projector light so I could see my image(s) come to life. At those points I added more shading in areas. They are not perfect, but I was happy with the results and will SO do a projection image project again. Each image took me approximately 1 hour to do. Once the image dried completely overnight, I can now take my jig saw either cut around each drawing like a Silhouette or cut them with a straight edge to frame for later use. They are now ready to display where you would like!