This month we threw a Disney Villains Tea Party! I was so excited to work with Walnut Hollow on this project. When I called the with the idea, they loved it so we set about designing a project that would incorporate the ever-trendy wood slices, called Basswood Country Rounds from Walnut Hollow, and Disney Villains to match the theme of my tea party. But teaching people how to paint a Disney Villain is hard. And it's even harder when you're trying to do it in 2 hours at a tea party!
Some of the people in the mixed media world use stamps or templates to lay out their figures before painting them. Well, a great place to get “templates” of Disney Villains is in a coloring book! I purchased a Disney Villains coloring book from Amazon because that was easier than driving all over town looking for one. You can use this same technique to paint any cartoon character that has an associated coloring book. Everyone at the tea party chose a different character form the book and they all got creative and did a little bit of their own thing, from adding paw prints around Cruelle DeVille to using glitter decoupage medium around the border of the villain to painting water around Ursula:
Here's the skinny on how to Paint a Disney Villain:
I also created a handy dandy process video sharing how to do this project from start to finish. Consider making gifts for friends and family, decor for your home, kids party decor, or even make these for a cartoon themed wedding! The beauty of the coloring book pages is that it's super easy for everyone to paint and leave with a finished project, whether you do this as an activity at a party like I did or you just make a few of these for yourself.
I know that sometimes supplies are hard to find so I made a handy dandy list here for you. Also shop your own stash. You might have acrylic paint or watercolors you can mix together to make various colors. Maybe you use a colored pencil to color the face but paint the other areas. Get creative and don't be limited by budget or supplies. If you don't have decoupage medium, consider using Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue which you can get for about $2 to $3.
Supplies to paint a Disney Villain on a Wood Plaque:
Used in the Project:
- Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Round
- Disney Villains Coloring Book – All the Rage
- Dictionary or other old book to use for decoupage
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paint – Titanium White, Dioxazine Purple
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Flesh Tone, Metallic Gold, Lilac, Red
- Jacquard Lumiere Paint – Green
- iloveotcreate Collage Pauge Decoupage Medium, Matte
- Thin Paint Brushes for Detail
- Flat End Brush
- Westcott Craft Knife
- Westcott Scissors
- Foam Paint Brush
- Sharpie Marker, NEW
And to keep a handle on the budget, here's a handy coupon for Michaels Stores:
I hope you enjoyed this project and feel empowered to now start painting. Many of the great masters learned by replicating the work of other artists. Now, I know I am not going to be a great master but the same principles hold true – practicing by copying, or painting a coloring book page as it were, is a great way to improve your skills. And in the meantime, we'll be creating fun art to enjoy!