This is my parent's cat Winnie. Isn't she cute? I decided to make a cut paper collage portrait of this little lady for my dad for his Father's Day/Birthday gift. You may be asking yourself: how do you make a paper collage pet portrait? Let's find out:
First I do a pencil drawing from a photograph and block out the different colors.
Then I go through my massive pile of Color Aid paper and choose out the colors I need. Color Aid is basically a fancy and expensive paper that art school students use in their freshman year classes to study color theory.
I've got my colors, time to start cutting! I take tracing paper and trace out a shape, which I then use to cut out the shape in the Color Aid paper. When i'm done, I end up with something like this:
Time for the last step: gluing! This is probably the trickiest part. It's kind of like putting together a small puzzle in which the probably won't fit together correctly.
Russ likes to help sometimes. This might be why these portraits take so long.
Ta da! Here is the finished piece. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. These portraits can be very tedious and difficult, but also very rewarding. It's fun to see it all come together in the end!