How to make painted Kirby bauble Christmas tree decoration
Its that time of year to get your decorations on the tree. I got given a few baubles covered in scrapes and chipped colour which were not neat enough for the tree but not broken so I just didn't want to throw them out. Instead I decided that painting them was the answer to cover all the little scuffs.
This little Kirby bauble came about because I thought this character would be perfect to place near the star on the tree. With his round shape he is perfect for a Christmas bauble and his happy face seems perfect to bring a smile to those who see it.
So with no further ado lets get to this tutorial going :)
What you will need:
Acrylic paint in pink, black, white dark pink and blue.
String or ribbon to hang your bauble from the tree.
Paint sealant spray (optional)
Get your bauble, if you have managed to get one in light pink skip over to step 2. However if like me you havn't been able to find a pink bauble or have a scuffed one you will need to paint one pink.
Paint it in light pink acrylic paint, you may need to paint one half at a time while resting it in a cup to dry. (I used an egg cup for a small bauble)
Tip: If you are able to remove the piece of the bauble with the hanging loop do so before painting the whole bauble, this will help it stay neat for later but if you cannot remove it be careful when painting around it.
This piece cannot be removed on all baubles so do not force it else you risk breaking it.
Once your light pink paint is fully dry draw on Kirbys features in pencil.
Heres an example of the pose I used. The feet are up around the body like Kirby is sitting so it looks correct around the bauble. Feel free to copy this pose or make your own.
Tip: Don't forget that the bauble will be hanging a certain way up so it is recommended to ensure that the hanger is facing upwards when drawing your pattern.
Next we need to fill in some of your pattern
Fill in the eyes and mouth with black and the feet with dark pink. Let this dry before the next step
Paint in black acrylic around the arms, you will need a thin paintbrush for this
Put a white dot at the top of each eye then allow the paint to dry
Add a blue dot at the bottom of each eye. Then using the dark pink you used before for the feet add a little oval on each cheek and a tounge at the bottom of the mouth.
Step 6: (optional)
Once all of the paint is dry use the paint sealant spray according to the packet instructions and allow it to dry as recommended by your product.
This will help prevent the paint on your bauble from chipping if the bauble is dropped but you can get away without doing it if you are careful with your new decoration.
Finally hang your new Kirby onto your Christmas tree. Add some ribbon or string to the bauble to allow you to do this easily or hide it among the branches. I think a Kirby bauble looks really nice with some gold/yellow star shaped decorations which reminds us of course of Kirby's warp star
And that's it! how easy is that? I hope everyone has fun upcycling their old Christmas baubles.
Much love and happy crafting
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