I completed this fun self-portrait project recently. I thought I would share how I did it. We played with the initial technique in two different groups I belong to. Basically you start with transparencies and sharpies. Look in the mirror and place the transparency where you can trace your features onto it with the sharpie. This is a little awkward, especially if you wear glasses. You have to squint and look at the mirror and trace the basic lines and shapes of your face and hair. It’s not that easy! Plus then you look at your sketch and think “is this what I really look like?” So you try it again. And yep, that is what you look like. As a group, we weren’t real thrilled with our single images.
So then we got a great idea of using different colored sharpies and making several sketches of our faces and then layering them on top of each other. Ah, now that is much more interesting. And less scary, because now it is funky and not really a picture of us.
We layered our transparencies on top of each other and then printed them off on fabric. Fun fun fun!!!! I took mine home and played. First I used some water-color pencils to color in some of the picture and that was interesting. Then I added some blue and green dyed fibers to needle felt into the hair. Then came some free-motion stitching on the piece.
I had some pieces of some hand-painted and embellished fabric that was leftover from ATCs last month. These seemed perfect to frame the face. Love the colors and the textures. I added a bit of dyed vintage doily to look like a bit of collar or a blouse. Just because.
I finished it off but it seemed kind of small and lonely all alone. I decided to mount it on a canvas. I got out my very favorite Radiant Rain sprays and daubers (which are available on the Blue Twig Studio website) and added color to a canvas and then attached the piece to the canvas. Voila! A funky, mixed media self-portrait piece.