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Self-Portrait Collage Project

Time: 1-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Patterned Paper
Grafix Clear Film
Fine Point Black Sharpie
Black Cardstock
Glue Stick
Portrait-Style Photographs
White Paper
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Create unique self-portraits! This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Print a portrait on 8-1/2 x 11" paper. Tape a piece of Grafix clear film to the top of the printed portrait. Trace the facial features with black Sharpie.
  • Step 2
    Photocopy the sheet of Grafix clear film to produce a black and white copy. Cut out main features (hair, eyes, shirt, mouth, head, etc.) Depending on the arrangement, you may need 2 copies in order to cut out all the features.
  • Step 3
    Trace each feature onto patterned paper and cut it out. Using the original portrait and outline as a guide, glue the patterned paper onto black cardstock.

  • Step 4
    Tape the Grafix clear film sheet to the cardstock, lining up the features. Trace over the lines if needed to fill in spaces and darken the outlines.

  • Examples
    Create an entire classroom of patterned paper portraits.

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