May 21, 2011

Kinder Self Portraits on Canvas

Here’s my favorite way to make canvas art for fundraisers. This is a composite of 125 kinder self-portraits, all done with permanent markers on dry wax paper. It just went up for sale at my school’s silent auction.
1. To make a grid of 130 rectangles on my 24" x 36" canvas, I marked off 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 (in a 2.4" x 2.77" box).
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 use the closest match. The rest of the face was 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. Before putting it up for sale, I took a hi-res photo to email to interested parents.

19 comments:

Fine Lines said...

Some lucky parent is going to LOVE getting this!!!

Marcia said...

Super idea. It does look fabulous. Will you please post a picture of the final product?

uaccumanno said...

This is such a great idea! I love the simplicity of the project with FABULOUS results!
I can't wait to see it finished!

Do you use regular WAX paper?
Are the BIC markers permanent like Sharpies?

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks, actually it's very important that you use DRY wax paper. You can get it at food supply stores or on Amazon. It's the paper they placed under fast food like pizza or hot dogs. I've tested wax paper and tracing paper and the color doesn't stay nearly as well.

ngannon said...

Does it matter which side of the dry wax paper you use?

Kathy Barbro said...

Good question, but no, I haven't noticed any difference.

Kayla Nordling said...

Wondering about your fundraising that you mentioned on the kindergarten canvas blog...our art program is getting cut so low that we can barely afford things. Is there a place on your blog explaining how it works or would you be willing to explain what you do? Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Barbro said...

Right now I am working on art for our school's silent auction, but there are a couple of good companies I've worked with too. Look up Worldwise Education.com and Artsonia.com for companies that help schools raise money. I've tried and liked both.

Susan said...

This is so absolutely beautiful. I am trying to think of a way to do this, and make it into something that every student could take home at the end of the year. Could I do this with just 20 students (just my class) and make the pictures bigger? Maybe photograph the finished canvas? What do you think?

Bethikinz said...

This is so fabulous!

Sarah said...

Just want to say this is gorgeous! Lucky person who get this, It would be a great to have each child be able to have a copy. I love your blog and visit weekly. Thank you

Sarah

Jessica said...

I just love this project. What did the students use to color in their portraits? Thanks!

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Jessica,
They just used BIC and Sharpie permanent markers (BIC has great skin tones).

Susan said...

Will hamburger patty paper work for this? Is it dry wax paper?

Kathy Barbro said...

Hi Susan,
I'm not sure – all I know is that dry wax paper is used to hold hot dogs, etc. and is made to keep grease away. You could try pizza parlors though as they sometimes line boxes with them.

Lifeb4kids said...

Kudos Kathy - You're a Wizard! The paper is just White (instead of brown) Parchment Paper. By using a service like Shutterfly or Square 1, the parents can each have their own copy if the finished project is scanned for fundraising purposes.

Cal said...

What a great idea, with such beautiful results! Just to double-check, when you adhere the rectangles to the canvas, you brush the glue on top of the dry wax paper, too? The glue-water combo won't make the colors run? Is there any reason to treat the canvas with gesso before getting started? Thanks!

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Cal, yes you do brush the watery glue on top of the paper too. Having it totally wet is what seems to make it grip when it dries onto the canvas. And using permanent markers are what keep the colors from bleeding. As for the gesso, I didn't do anything to the canvas that I got from the store. I just started right glueing the artwork down. Hope that helps, thanks.

Katiek said...

Can you use school glue or does it need to be multipurpose white glue? Thanks.