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Kinder Self Portraits on Canvas ... in Progress

By Kathybarbro @KathyBarbro
Kinder Self Portraits on Canvas ... in ProgressHere’s a few photos to illustrate my favorite way to make canvas art for fundraisers. This is going to be a giant grid of 130 kinder self portraits, all done with permanent markers on dry wax paper. I’ll show you the finished canvas as soon as it’s done.1. I needed to make a grid of 130 rectangles on my 24" x 36" canvas. I marked of 10 rows across by 13 rows down in pencil, so my rectangles ended up measuring 2.4" x 2.77".2. The dry wax paper that I have posted about before (click here) is difficult to erase on, so I had my students first plan their portrait on just regular paper (with a 2.4" x 2.77" box, of course). 3. When the pencil drawing was done, I taped a piece of dry wax paper on top (which is see through), and they traced their lines with an ultra fine black marker. BIC markers especially have a lot of nice skin tones these days, so the students were to choose the closest match and color it in. The rest of the face is colored, along with the background too. Lastly, they wrote their name somewhere inside the rectangle.4. I cut out the rectangles, and followed the steps shown above. White glue was mixed 50/50 with water, brushed on the canvas AND the backside of each portrait. The drawing is placed on the canvas and brushed again, taking care to watch for any bubbles that may form. When the glue dries, it looks as if the drawings were made right on the canvas.

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