Autoritratto (ow∙tow∙ree∙trat∙tow)=self-portrait. Who says ‘selfies’ can only be on your phone? Try this mixed-media collage project at home
You will need:
-3 self portraits on paper, all about the same size
-a hard surface such as a cradled wood panel or board
- acrylic matte medium. This is acrylic paint without the colour, and it can be used as a glue or as a protective coating
- bits and pieces of old artwork to collage
- Draw or paint 3 ‘selfies’ on paper. If you are like me, you have lots of them lying around from different art classes. You can also make 3 photocopies of the same image, and colour each one differently.
- Crumple each of your selfies into a ball.
- Open them up again and tear into several pieces.
- Find your ‘inner Picasso’. Create a new mixed-media selfie using the torn, crumpled pieces. Collage them onto a firm surface with acrylic medium. I recycled a cradled wood panel that was previously painted and sanded by my nipotino Vito. I let parts of his original underpainting show through, such as the blue squiggle on my forehead. We think it makes me look smart!
- Collage in other bits of paper. My selfie actually looked a bit creepy before I added the hair! The hair is old pieces of monotypes and lift prints on rice paper. I also added some text using photocopy transfer with acrylic medium.
- Use paint, oil pastels, or anything to work on your selfie some more.
- When you are done, paint on a few coats of acrylic matte medium to protect the surface. If you like shiny, then use gloss medium. If you used chalk pastels, you will need to use a fixative first.
Ecco, fatto! Un autoritratto tecnica mista!