This month I decided to attempt creating a portrait using only scrunched up pieces of paper torn from magazines. ( In case anyone is interested, I used the Sunday supplement “You” magazine which comes with the Mail on Sunday ).
Once the paper is well and truly crumpled and scrunched up, it is simply a matter of using torn and cut small pieces of this paper just as you would use paint or coloured pencils.
I completed a draft sketch of a face…(I chose a good interesting face with lots of character lines ) on to a piece of mount board. Next I just attached the pieces of paper to my board using simple Pritt stick glue. Building up the face as I went along. This challenge required loads and loads of patience, but it also required me to observe colour tones very very carefully.
Finally when I thought I had done enough, I painted in the background using Natural Dye Inks, as I wanted the portrait to stand out in relief.
I suspect that I have probably not created the best likeness of the person in the photograph, mainly due perhaps to the colour limitations that were available to me. But I still feel the challenge was a good one to take on and set myself. and also certainly proves that you don’t need expensive art materials in order to create art work