I developed this art fundraiser project years ago, and it still works wonders. Sharpie drawings on dry wax paper, decoupaged to a stretched canvas. Cheap, easy and has a very finished look when complete.
Drawings that may look like a bunch of scribbles somehow get a lot more polished when attached to a stretched canvas. The best part is that the dry wax paper ends up really attaching itself to the canvas so that it looks like students make their drawings right on it. And any preschool teacher knows all the pitfalls of that really happening.
- Stretched canvas
- Dry wax paper (found at restaurant supply stores, and no, it’s not the same as wax paper)
- Copy paper
- Sharpie markers
- Copic markers (for skin colors)
- White glue
PREP: Determine the size of the portrait rectangle needed based on number of students and size of the canvas. Print papers with the required rectangle size.
Students draw themselves in the printed rectangle. A sheet of dry wax is taped over the drawing.
The drawing is traced with a black Sharpie marker.
The self portrait is colored in with permanent markers. Once completed, the rectangle art is cut on the borders.
The self portrait art is decoupaged to the canvas with watery glue. It’s best to get the canvas wet, then the back of the paper wet, then apply and brush the front.
Smooth all the art frequently with your fingers to get rid of any bubbles.