Painted Photo Portraits

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Painted Photo Portraits
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

With our clever tracing technique, your kids can turn any family photo into a realistic painting, creating a picture-perfect present in the process. We used vellum, which is sturdier and more elegant than tracing paper and is sold by the sheet or the pack at many craft stores.

What you'll need

  • 8- by 10-inch photograph or print of a digital image
  • 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of vellum
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints
  • Craft glue
  • White paper

How to make it

  1. On a sunny day, tape the photograph to a light-filled window and then tape the vellum over the photo. Using a pencil, trace the photo, making the picture as detailed as you'd like, then remove the tracing from the window.

  2. To paint each person in the photo, apply the skin color first. When dry to the touch, add facial features and clothing. Once dry, fill in the background.

  3. Glue the portrait to a sheet of white paper and slip it into a frame.

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