Art It Friday – Show Your Face


If you are looking for the paper-pieced photo how-to click here to jump right to it!


Hey, hey, hey Facers! We are here again, another Friday Portrait share for the week and I’ve got a fun one for you today (well, I think it is fun, whether you do or not is, well, up to you!).

Before we get going, let’s do the admin stuff:

1. August Is Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}.
Next week is the first Friday of August and anyone who wants to join in the Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} can do. All the info you need is in my Show Your Face blog post from 10th July. Briefly, it is to make some face art inspired by one (or more if you like) of the other sharers from our #ShowYourFace community.

It is optional, you don’t have to do an ‘inspired by’ face but it is a great way to stretch ourselves, don’t you think? So do have a go at least once in August if not the whole of August! But if you don’t want to play, then just carry on as normal Show Your Face.

2. Blog Button
We have a blog button now! Woop! Woop! Anyone who wants to wear it on their blog with pride can grab the HTML code from below the blog button here:

grab button for Kim Dellow

<div class=”kim-dellow-button” >
<a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>
<img src=”” alt=”Kim Dellow” />

To Install It:

  • Select all the grab code in the box below the button image above and copy.
  • Go to your WP-admin and in the dashboard click ‘Appearance’ then ‘widgets’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Find the ‘Text’ widget in the ‘Available Widget’ list and drag it up to ‘Main Sidebar’ area or whichever area you want to place it.
  • Paste the Grab code for the blog button into the body of the text widget box, give it a title if you want (optional), and press ‘save’.

I’m assuming it is similar if you are using a self-hosted wordpress ( but I don’t have a self-hosted version so can’t check. Please let me know if it is different!

On Blogger:

  • Select all the grab code in the box below the button image above and copy.
  • Go to the design area of your Blogger blog and select ‘Layout’.
  • Choose ‘Add A Gadget’ in the Sidebar section or whichever section you want to place it, then pick ‘HTML/JavaScript’ from the pop-up Gadget list.
  • Paste the Grab code for the blog button into the ‘Content’ area of the gadget, give it a title if you want (optional), and press ‘Save’

Yay! Blog Button! On blog! Hopefully!

PS. I take no responsibility for messing up your blog if it doesn’t work! Eek! Hey, relax – it will be OK!

3. New Here? Never Fear!
For anyone new here, this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else’s.

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!

And remember for August we are doing Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} for those who want to play along.

Admin Over – Let’s Get On With The Share!

Really I should have done a quick share this week as the post is quickly turning into a bit of a mountain. But true to Kimberley (that’s me btw) form, I’ve decided to share a process blog post today for a bit of fun.


Paper-Pieced Photo How-To

I shall try to keep it quick – feel free to ask any questions if any bit is unclear.

My face share this week looks far more complex than it actually is.

Collage Selfie made from Studio Calico papers


It is a paper collage selfie made up from bits of patterned paper and it is super simple to do and surprisingly, or at least for me, still resembles the original model, which as it was a selfie was in fact me.


If you want to have a go at this you will need:
A photo of a face
Photo-editing software like Photoshop Elements or similar (I’m guessing that the free online photo-editing software PicMonkey can do this too but I’ve not had a go yet.)
Tracing paper
Craft knife, I used a swivel knife
Cutting board
Patterned paper



Step 1 – Open Your Head Shot


A selfie in Photoshop Elements

Open up your head shot. It doesn’t have to be perfect, obviously you are perfect, but the photo doesn’t have to be!



Step 2 – Change The Colour


Changing the colours of a selfie in Photoshop Elements


Change the colour of the photo according to the light and shade areas. You can do this different ways and it depends on the software you are using. I did it in Photoshop Elements by first making a copy layer of the photograph then using the Hard Mix option from the drop-down menu in the layers palette.

(I am totally happy to walk you through this if you are lost, so do shout if I’m being too jargony!).



Step 3 – Trace The Face


Trace the face from the photo


You can print out your photograph or if you are impatient, like me, take a soft pencil and just trace the image directly from the screen (assuming you don’t have a touchscreen computer that is!). DON’T PRESS HARD! You don’t want to mess up your screen do you? Now, using the stylised photograph from Step 2 as reference, pick out the papers you want to use for each layer.

I decided to used red where there were black tones and teal for the red, yellow and white areas of the photograph but you can go with whatever you want, I mean that is the fun part, right?



Step 4 – Transfer Each Layer


Transfer the image to the back of the patterned paper


So switch off your head from seeing an image of a face and start thinking pattern and layers – the colours from the stylised picture in Step 2 should help, or if you are using a black and white photo then the gradients of grey will help.

Transfer the traced image onto the back of your paper but only the important parts for the paper, So for the red paper, which was representing the black area of the photo in Step 2, I just did the outline of the head and the pupils of the eyes. For the dark teal paper, which was representing the red areas in the photo, I just transferred the outline of the face and the shadow under the nose, under the cheekbone and the lips.



Continue until you have each layer transferred to the back of the patterned paper.



Step 5 – Cut It Out



Cut out the pieces and start building them up into the picture. There will be some small bits so if you think you might lose them then put them into a spare envelope as you work. It does not have to be super accurate.



Step 6 – Jigsaw Puzzle Time!


Sticking the face piece together


Remember the tracing paper from Step 3? Well it makes the perfect map to help you glue your cut-out paper pieces in the correct places. Layer the tracing paper over the top and flip it on and off as you place the cut-out pieces.

There you have it, a patterned paper collage selfie and my Show Your Face share this week.


Patterned Paper collage Selfie


Hey, put it in a frame and it would make a fun version of your family portraits for your home, wouldn’t it? Right, I’m off to do one of David to put on our Kitchen Gallery wall we are slowly adding to!

So it was a long time getting here but…


Over To You…

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Don’t forget: during August, Art It Friday – Show Your Face will become Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}. Learn more about it from my 10th July 2015 blog post.

Catch you later Face-Artinators


PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday.

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Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Julie Ann Lee

    Kim, I love this idea! Oh my goodness, I wish I hadn't got so much to do. I want to try this straight away! I will try it out as soon as possible. Meanwhile I have to make tea for our kitchen-fitter who just arrived! xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Oooo! New kitchen? Exciting! Hope you will be sharing pics on Facebook LOL! 🙂 Have fun Kx

  2. Clare Lloyd

    Clever collage idea Kim, it turned out well! Great colours.

  3. Ruth

    Wow! Fabulous idea. I am no artist at all, but this would be fun. One for the project list! Xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hi Ruth, it was great fun to do and it is one that everyone play with! Can't wait to see your collage selfie, do pop back to share a link when you have done it! Kx

  4. Deborah Wainwright

    I love your face this week Kim. What a fab idea and one I definitely want to do. I really love the idea for August too and will play along xxx

    1. Kim Dellow

      YAY! Debs! Looking forward to seeing your #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy shares, it is going to be fun! Glad you like the collage selfie too 🙂 Kx

  5. Janet Briggs

    Love the collage face! I'm so dense when it comes to Photoshop stuff but thanks for sharing the tutorial on how you made it. I always enjoy seeing how things are done.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Janet, thanks 🙂 I'm sure there are other ways of doing it in whatever software you process you photos in so have a play 🙂 Have a super good weekend. Kx

  6. Wow, I'm awestruck, this is so cool Kim, you can talk me through how you made it with the 'puter, I would love to have a go with this technique. Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie.

    Love and hugs

    1. Oooo, I think I managed to make the 'puter stuff, how very exciting, thank you so much for showing this, Kim. I'm off to find papers to work with 🙂

    2. Kim Dellow

      Yay! I can't wait to see the results 🙂 Kx

  7. Giggles

    Thank you so much for hosting and this fabulous tutorial!! Just love the collage of you! Brilliant idea!

    Hugs Giggles

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you 🙂 I'm so glad you like it 🙂 Have a lovely weekend 🙂 Kx

  8. Cris G

    This is my first time here. Love your idea and will give it a try soon. Have a fantastic weekend!

    1. Kim Dellow

      So glad to see you here at #ShowYourWeek Cris, thanks so much for coming by and joining in the face share, hope you will be back!

  9. Darcy UK

    Really cool technique combining digi alterations and real life collage.. best of both worlds.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Darcy, thanks! So glad you like it 🙂 Kx

  10. Wanda

    Kim I learning so much from watching you work and create for unique faces. I've never worked in that form, so I guess you know mostly I just sketch, pencil or paint faces… I'm trying to stretch my comfort zone, and who knows I may show up with one of your kinds of journal pages.
    I do love the process you showed the the end result is quite amazing and cool.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Wanda, I suppose I worked in paper first so going back to it is like my comfort zone! I think it is a good idea to step out of our comfort zones from time to time isn't it? Funny enough now that I've done the papercut version of this I can see some sketchy versions that I might play with next! Kx

  11. Suz

    For some reason I always think I would like to comment on this and haven't seen the comment link. Told you I was a blog tard. You are my inspiration for this week. I just did it because I am babysitting for a couple days. It's very Andy Warholish! I love it!

    1. Kim Dellow

      LOL! Glad you found the comments Suz, it is such a long blog post that you can easily miss them! So looking forward to seeing your Share for tomorrow 🙂 Hope the babysitting has been going well. Kx

  12. Wendy Down

    Great tutorial and I'm happy to be taking part in showyourface ??

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