Kinder Self Portraits on Canvas

Kinder Portraits on canvasHere’s my favorite way to make canvas art for fundraisers. This is a composite of 125 kinder self-portraits, all done with permanent markers on dry wax paper. It just went up for sale at my school’s silent auction.
1. To make a grid of 130 rectangles on my 24″ x 36″ canvas, I marked off 10 rows across by 13 rows down in pencil, so my rectangles ended up measuring 2.4″ x 2.77″.
2. The dry wax paper that I have posted about before (click here) is difficult to erase on, so I had my students first plan their portrait on just regular paper (in a 2.4″ x 2.77″ box).
3. When the pencil drawing was done, I taped a piece of dry wax paper on top (which is see through), and they traced their lines with an ultra fine black marker. BIC markers especially have a lot of nice skin tones these days, so the students were to use the closest match. The rest of the face was colored, along with the background too. Lastly, they wrote their name somewhere inside the rectangle.
4. I cut out the rectangles, and followed the steps shown above. White glue was mixed 50/50 with water, brushed on the canvas AND the backside of each portrait. The drawing is placed on the canvas and brushed again, taking care to watch for any bubbles that may form. When the glue dries, it looks as if the drawings were made right on the canvas. Before putting it up for sale, I took a hi-res photo to email to interested parents.

15 Responses

  1. Kathy Barbro

    Hi Susan,
    I’m not sure – all I know is that dry wax paper is used to hold hot dogs, etc. and is made to keep grease away. You could try pizza parlors though as they sometimes line boxes with them.

  2. Susan

    Will hamburger patty paper work for this? Is it dry wax paper?

  3. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks Jessica,
    They just used BIC and Sharpie permanent markers (BIC has great skin tones).

  4. Jessica

    I just love this project. What did the students use to color in their portraits? Thanks!

  5. Sarah

    Just want to say this is gorgeous! Lucky person who get this, It would be a great to have each child be able to have a copy. I love your blog and visit weekly. Thank you


  6. Bethikinz

    This is so fabulous!

  7. Susan

    This is so absolutely beautiful. I am trying to think of a way to do this, and make it into something that every student could take home at the end of the year. Could I do this with just 20 students (just my class) and make the pictures bigger? Maybe photograph the finished canvas? What do you think?

  8. Kathy Barbro

    Right now I am working on art for our school’s silent auction, but there are a couple of good companies I’ve worked with too. Look up Worldwise and for companies that help schools raise money. I’ve tried and liked both.

  9. Wondering about your fundraising that you mentioned on the kindergarten canvas blog…our art program is getting cut so low that we can barely afford things. Is there a place on your blog explaining how it works or would you be willing to explain what you do? Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kathy Barbro

    Good question, but no, I haven’t noticed any difference.

  11. ngannon

    Does it matter which side of the dry wax paper you use?

  12. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks, actually it’s very important that you use DRY wax paper. You can get it at food supply stores or on Amazon. It’s the paper they placed under fast food like pizza or hot dogs. I’ve tested wax paper and tracing paper and the color doesn’t stay nearly as well.

  13. uaccumanno

    This is such a great idea! I love the simplicity of the project with FABULOUS results!
    I can’t wait to see it finished!

    Do you use regular WAX paper?
    Are the BIC markers permanent like Sharpies?

  14. Marcia

    Super idea. It does look fabulous. Will you please post a picture of the final product?

  15. Fine Lines

    Some lucky parent is going to LOVE getting this!!!

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