Welcome! Does a kitty keep you company? I've got two, Henry and Ollie. You will meet them both in this course, where I'll take you step by step through the process of making a paper mosaic collage of your cat. No need to take the Beginning Paper Mosaics course first - the Cat Portraits course has all of the information you need to get started!
I'll be making a portrait of Velma the cat during this course. She has medium to long length fur with lots of colors. We'll talk a lot about fur and flow, techniques and tips, cats and color and a lot more!
We'll make the collage out of a variety of papers. You might like to take the Preparing Papers for your Art class so you will have lots of fun papers to pick from, but it is not a prerequisite. You can simply use magazine papers if you don't want to paint your own papers.
You can scroll down for the course curriculum and a supply list.
Let's get started!
StartPart 1 - Eyes (24:26)
StartPart 2- Face (15:42)
StartPart 2 Continued - Face (14:08)
StartPart 3 - Ears (9:44)
StartPart 4 - Body (8:01)
StartPart 5 - Beard (16:31)
StartPainting the Background (5:38)
StartThank You! (2:23)
I'll make this cat portrait during this course:
Here are a few more cats in a similar style:
Cat Portraits Supply List
The supplies listed here are pretty close to what I used and can be replaced by different brands or glossiness levels.
Bare minimum list: thick paper or a board for your base, magazines to rip up, ModPodge, a paintbrush, scissors.
More extended supply list for each lesson:
(Please view the video first. The substrate you select depends on what you prefer after viewing the video.)
· I used a 9x12 Hardboard Panel (Item #14945-1023 Dick Blick) Comes in many sizes
· Foam Brushes
· Image of your cat, cropped and printed out to the size you need
· Carbon paper or a ruler
Working on the Cat Portrait:
· ModPodge (Item # 10047536 Michaels) I used glossy, but you can choose matte if you prefer.
· Papers for ripping, cutting, gluing. You can use painted papers from the course "Preparing Papers for your Art" or simply use magazines and other found papers.
· Brush - I use CraftSmart brand brushes. They are $8 at Michaels but they don't seem to have them on their website. The bristles are called "taklon" and they are great to use with ModPodge. Here is what they look like:
· Low lid for holding ModPodge
· Xacto knife
· Cutting mat
· Optional - a pick to use with small pieces
Painted Background and Whiskers:
NOTE: You can just do more collage in the background instead of painting if you wish
· Acrylic paint - brand of your choice
· Cup or palette for paint (could use a plastic lid or waxed paper)
· Posca Acrylic Paint pen (Item #:PX89789000 at Wet Paint)
· Thin Black Sharpie to sign your work
· Liquitex Gloss Varnish (Item #61670 Jerry's Artarama) Choose the glossiness level you desire.
· Foam brush
· Something to prop up artwork
· Optional - Cup for varnish
Testimonials from my other online courses:
"Thank you for this course Bebe. You had so many great tips. My favorite takeaways from this course can be used in non dog portraits too like the cut out box on white paper, and using metal leaf and paint backgrounds. I highly recommend." - J
"I took your class twice in person, and now I'm taking it online. I'm a devoted student! But you know, seeing you make a mosaic is really, really helpful - thinking through layering, planning placement of shards, learning how to tear paper if you don't want the white lines, and knowing it's okay to cut pieces when you want clean lines. Plus I love seeing your kitties are in the background! Thank you for making the online classes." - P
"Your filming crew (you) is amazing. I could see everything so well. Now that I have looked at the whole series, I can start doing a project. You are such a good teacher, and I felt like I was right there with you. Thank you for doing all the steps so that they are readily understood and for adding the little "tidbits." The kittys in the background are just darling and look so cozy in that little basket. Again, you really have a great class here, and you are so natural on film." - J
Bebe Barbara Benson Keith is a mixed media artist in St. Paul, MN. She began her professional art career as a glass mosaic artist and created over 500 pieces, large and small. These days she’s deep into paper mosaic collages and loves it!
She has also been kept busy as a public artist, designing and creating works for hospitals, universities, libraries, an event center, the MSP airport and more.
She has published three books illustrated in glass mosaics. You can find them on her artist website at BebeKeith.com.