8-Bit Glow in the Dark Pixel Art

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About: I like making stuff.

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved playing video games. One of my favorite games to play is Luigi’s mansion. In the game the Boo ghost plays a big role, now I know this game wasn’t its first appearance, but that was my first exposure to the character. So I decided I wanted to make a 8bit version to hang on my wall.

The template can be found on my website: https://chippedbuilds.com/product/boo-8bit-pixel-a...

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Step 1: Tools & Materials

Plywood

Table Saw- https://amzn.to/2CXDROW

CA glue- https://amzn.to/2q2h0ce

Activator- https://amzn.to/2yrqpyX

Red Paint- https://amzn.to/2R4h1YQ

Black Paint- https://amzn.to/2q21Zaw

Gray Paint- https://amzn.to/2PQL1Y9

White Paint- https://amzn.to/2CWMSrk

Glow in the dark paint- https://amzn.to/2CYTTYR

A helpful cat

Step 2: Cutting the Wood

I started out by ripping 3/4 inch plywood to 1 1/4 in strips. I needed to cut the strips into 207 squares. So I made a quick jig for my table saw so that I could cut them out safely. I put a spacer block against my table saw fence so that the little squares wouldn’t get trapped in the blade and come shooting back at me.

Step 3: Sanding

Once I had all the squares cut out i started sanding all the edges. This took forever and it wasn’t until I was halfway done that I realized I didn’t even need to sand them fully since they would be glued together and painted.

Step 4: Painting

I painted the blocks based on my template for the 8bit art, this can be found on my website if you want to make one as well. The colors I used were Red, Gray, Black, and White.

Step 5: Glue All the Squares

Once they were dry I then started to glue them together. I followed my template and went row by row. I used a square to try to keep everything as square as possible and for the most part it worked out pretty well. Now I did make a mistake and glued one row on the wrong way. So i took a soft mallet and knocked it off. This is one of the reasons why I used ca glue for this project. I then regaled it to the rest of the piece and low and behold I glued it on the wrong way again. I knocked it off and then carefully glued it on the correct way.

Step 6: Backer

Once all the squares were glued together I cut out a 1/8 inch piece of plywood for the backer. I used wood glue to attach the boo to the plywood so that all the pixels will be held together with a strong bond.

Step 7: Glow in the Dark Paint

After the glue dried I hit the whole piece with a few coats of glow in the dark spray paint. This came out looking pretty cool and added an awesome effect.

Step 8: Enjoy Your New Wall Art!

Overall, I love how this 8bit art came out. It is a little bigger than I originally thought it would be but I love it. I plan on making some other Mario characters in the 8bit pixel form in the future. Let me know in the comments if you make one or have a question.

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