Autoritratto (ow∙tow∙ree∙TRAT∙tow) means self-portrait. Who says ‘selfies’ can only be done via phone? Try this mixed-media collage project to make your own selfie at home.
You will need:
- 3 self portraits on paper, all close to the same size
- a hard surface such as a wood panel, cradled wood panel or board
- acrylic matte medium. This is acrylic paint without the colour, and it can be used as a glue and also as a protective coating over top of your work. (white glue can also be used if you do not have matte medium, but it is not archival).
- 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 selfie 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 from the original 3. 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.
- Add more details to the selfie with acrylic paint, ink, oil or chalk pastels.
- When it is done, brush on a few coats of acrylic matte medium to protect the surface. Use gloss medium if you prefer a shiny surface. If chalk pastels were used, spray with a fixative before brushing on the medium.
Ecco, fatto! Un autoritratto tecnica mista!