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Culture Days 2016 : The No-Phone Selfie

No phone selfie, part of culture days 2016
For Beginners / Inspiration / Painting technique / Portraits

Culture Days 2016 : The No-Phone Selfie

This year for Culture Days Sophie Babeanu and I did have a fun activity where participants were drawing a selfie, the old fashion way 🙂 That is without a cell phone.

Culture Days is a weekend of free activities that are happening all over Canada, this year it was on October 1st and 2nd.

Using a mirror and washable felts, you can draw directly on the mirror and transfer that drawing to a damp paper.

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Here are the steps to make a No Phone Selfie felt tip monoprint:

  • Draw the outlines of your face and your features directly on the mirror with washable felts
  • You might need to close one eye , then the other to see better what you are drawing on the mirror.
  • Spray a paper that is the size of your mirror (printer paper will work) with water. You can experiment with different degrees of dampness for various effects. I find it works best when you spray the paper and remove excess water with a tissue paper.
  • Apply your paper on the mirror and press with your hand being careful not to break the mirror
  • Let your portrait dry, you can add more details and colors once it is dry.

Check out all the portraits our visitors made on the gallery here

self portrait monoprint gallery for culture days

And here is a video made by the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture, where you can see glimpses of our activity in the studio.

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