I have another idea to use up one of my MANY extra sheets of school photos. Presenting, Colorful Me (Inspired by Andy Warhol)! This project is obviously inspired by Warhol's famous paintings of Marilyn and Mao.
Don't have extra photos to use up? Not a problem! Use a single digital photo to make a collage, then print it out on whatever paper you'd like.
When choosing your photos, you want light colors that you can color over. This set of photos was perfect because the overexposure makes my skin even paler than it normally is and completely blew out my cream-colored sweater. My blonde hair is easy to color over. The background was the only part I couldn't change much by coloring.
If you don't have a suitable photo, edit the one you have. You can overexpose the picture, desaturate the colors, or otherwise play around until you have a good base for coloring.
Because I was coloring directly onto glossy photos, I opted to use alcohol-based markers. Choose the coloring tool that works best for the paper you're using. I worked from right to left (so that my left hand wouldn't smear the colors before they dried), coloring my face, hair, sweater, and the background different bold colors.
The results crack me up. Some combinations are hideous, but I kind of like the yellow skin, pink hair, and green sweater. Not as much as I like my actual skin and hair color, mind you. I'd definitely wear a mint green sweater.
It was a lot of fun coloring on photos. It's such a different surface than I usually use, so it was neat seeing how the pens behaved. I'm definitely going to have to revisit coloring on photos, maybe see how some of my other supplies perform.