Step 1: What You'll Need
- Pencil and pen
- Cutting tool ( x-acto knife would work best but I used a pocket knife.)
- Krazy glue, super glue, or other powerful adhesive
- Paint brushes (I used one for each color to save time.)
- Acrylic paint
- Measuring tool
Step 2: Choose Your Character
Step 3: Draw Your Character
While drawing try not to put too much pressure on your foamboard or it will dent.
Once you've drawn your figure in pencil outline it with a pen or marker. The outline ensures that your lines won't disappear during the painting process.
Step 4: Cut Out Your Figure
DO NOT cut out any pieces that are on the inside of your character's outline, such as the piece in between Link's legs.
Use common sense while cutting and don't hurt yourself or use a delicate surface as a cutting board.
Step 5: Let's Paint!
If you do need to mix colors, remember that it is always better to have more paint than you need rather than not enough. It is extremely difficult to mix the same color twice.
While painting, don't worry about slightly going over your lines. You should be able to cover up most mistakes with a bolder black outline later.
The painting process can take a while so be patient. You may need to give some areas multiple coats to achieve a smooth finished look.
Step 6: Assemble Your Cutout!
Now on your painted piece of foamboard you will find the approximate center (or the exact center) and make a small cut 2" tall and 3mm wide (assuming that your foamboard is 3mm thickness).
Slide the nub of your triangular piece into the cut at the bottom of your painted piece to see how your figure will stand. You may want to give the bottom of your triangular piece a slight angle so that your figure leans slightly backward.
Remove your triangular section from your larger piece of foamboard. Apply adhesive to any edges of your triangular piece that will touch the back of your painted piece. Slide the nub of your triangular piece into the cut at the bottom of your painted piece and press them together firmly to allow your adhesive to dry.
When finished, the back of your cutout should look like the third picture above (I decided to cut off the top portion of my triangle).
Step 7: Admire Your Work