Self Portrait

This is one of the first projects my daughter did in kindergarten this year: a self-portrait. I was so impressed and touched by this beautiful art work that I had to give it a try at home. I love the use of watercolors here.

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Watercolor crayons are such a fun way for children to explore using watercolor. My children love them. The call them "magic crayons"!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    For this self-portrait project I first asked Emma to look at herself in a mirror and look at her smile, her hair, skin, eyes, and everything that makes her look like Emma. Next, she drew a picture of herself on the watercolor paper using just a pencil.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    When she was finished, I went over her pencil with a black permanent marker.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    She colored in her portrait with the watercolor crayons.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    It already looked so beautiful! She was very excited for the next step.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    With a little water, Emma lightly painted over her drawing. She was captivated by the colors blending and spreading across the page.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    I love the mixed use of materials this project entails. This is definitely one for the wall!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!


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