Black Glue and Watercolor Picasso Portraits

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My daughter and I have been learning a lot about the famous artists together these past few months. She has become fascinated by them. She has been attending art camp this week. On her first day, she came home with a clay Picasso portrait and a lot of new knowledge about the famous artist. She drew a bunch of Picasso inspired portraits that evening. They were wonderful. Her drawings inspired these Picasso portraits.

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My friend over at I Heart Crafty Things introduced me to black glue art and my daughter and I both fell in love with it. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend giving it a go. It is addictive.

What you will need:

Watercolor paper

School glue

Black acrylic paint

Watercolor paints

Pencil

Directions:

First off, you will want to prepare your glue, which is just a mixture of black acrylic paint and white glue. We added just enough paint to turn our glue black. It was roughly about 3 parts glue and 1 part paint, but play around with it to find your best consistency. Shake or stir the glue well to mix.

Sketch your Picasso inspired portrait onto a piece of watercolor paper. Draw the shape of a head and draw lines, squiggles or zig zags down the middle of the face. Add an eye on each side of the separator. Make the eyes different shapes or sizes or set them uneven. The great thing about Picasso portraits is that you can get as kooky as you want to. Have fun with it.

My five year old set out to turn her father into a Picasso portrait. Here she is sketching out an abstract version of her daddy.

Grab your prepared bottle of black glue. Make sure that your glue nozzle is clean and clear of any debris. Squeeze the glue onto the lines of your drawing. You may want to practice first on a scrap piece of paper to check the flow.

When you have finished tracing your design with the glue, set it aside to dry on a flat surface. This can take several hours.

Once the glue has dried, you can begin painting.

My daughter was pretty excited about her abstract portrait of her daddy. He loved it too.

Black glue and watercolors Picasso inspired portraits - famous artists arts and crafts painting projects for kids

I also had a bit of fun with these Picasso portraits. OK, I had a lot of fun. These were a blast to make. I loved them so much that I made two.

Black glue and watercolors Picasso inspired portraits - famous artists arts and crafts painting projects for kids

Black glue and watercolors Picasso inspired portraits - famous artists arts and crafts painting projects for kids

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Black glue and watercolors Picasso inspired portraits - famous artists arts and crafts painting projects for kids

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