Using a photograph as a guide you will create lines to break up your composition into shapes that will be filled with texture. Using pieces of magazine you will create a mosaic background to both add color and texture to your portrait. The paper cut portrait will then be overlaid on top.
Artwork by Shannon Lawson, San Francisco, CA
MATERIALS & TOOLS
- 8.5 x 11” print-out of a portrait photo
- 8.5 x 11" thick black paper
- School glue
- Magazine (to be cut up for color and texture)
- X-Acto knife
- Cutting mat
- Black permanent marker
- Optional: Mod Podge or gel medium to seal piece
- Start with a print-out of a close-up portrait of someone. Their shoulders and head should fill the frame.
- Using a stapler, secure the photo print-out to the black paper.
- Use a permanent marker to trace out the main details.
REFLECT & SHARE
- What types of textures does your piece have?
- How did the same of your magazine cut-outs affect the appearance of your collage? Create an interesting title for your work based on the textures and mood of the portrait.
- Take a photo of your finished portrait, post it online and tag #ArtSchoolElements.