Craft Cabin: How to Chalk Your Favorite Commons Images!Posted by Penny in Articles
Sunny weekends are here (or on their way, anyway), and they bring the return of the Indicommons Craft Cabin–fun stuff to do with the images in Flickr Commons. Today, chalk art! It’s fun, it’s public, and it’s not all that hard to get an image that’ll bring a smile to passersby–at least until the next rain shower.
1. Start by choosing an image you’d like to chalk. Don’t expect to be able to get an exact image–chalk isn’t very precise–but look for something fun to spend time with. A black and white image is okay–you can add colors as you please. I’m going to start with this one: silent film comedians Billy Quirk and Josie Sadler, from the New York Public Library uploads:
2. Now use tracing paper to make a sketch of the image’s main elements, and draw a grid over the image:
5. Then go back in and add details and shading and fine-tune the colors with denser chalk pastels:
That’s it! Chalk art can take a while–this was about 150 minutes from start to finish–but it’s fun to be outside and creating. What Flickr Commons image will you chalk?