Last weekend was dreadfully rainy. To cope with my cabin-fever, I worked on an art project. Luckily for you self-proclaimed “non-artists”, the process behind this piece was so straightforward (not to mention it didn’t require a lick of drawing), I thought I’d share it with you as a simple how-to. I imagine this would be really fun as a rainy-day project for kids. Let me know if you try it and what you think!
What You’ll Need:
- Tape (preferably artists tape or masking tape)
- A photo of your profile (I snapped a quick shot on my computer and printed it out on cheap paper in black and white — nothing fancy!)
- Contact Paper
- A patterned stamp (or you could forgo the stamping process and use decorative paper instead)
- Stamping ink
- Charcoal (could be vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, chalk, or pastel… each one will have a unique look to it)
- Paper towel or a chamois cloth for blending
- An apron (charcoal = messy!)
- Fixative or spray sealant
Step 1: Tape your photo on top of the contact paper and cut out your profile. Cut any additional shapes you’d like to include out of the contact paper.
Step 2: Tape down your paper along the edges (so it doesn’t move around on you), and stamp away!
Step 3: Peel the backing off of your contact paper pieces and adhere the sticky side to your stamped paper (keep in mind wherever the contact paper goes, that area will remain white.)
Step 4: CHARCOAL! I find it works best to use the side of a compressed charcoal stick and try to work from the center of a contact paper piece outward (so you don’t accidentally pull up the contact paper… if it happens though, just tell yourself that’s part of the beauty of the artistic process — the unknown!) Blend the charcoal as much or as little as you like, using your paper towel or chamois.
Step 5: Remove your contact paper pieces, carefully pulling from a corner.
Step 6: Admire your work!
After removing the tape from the edges, don’t forget to seal the finished piece with a sealant, in a well-ventilated area (outside is best!)