This was the final project we attempted, and if I could do it again, I would make a couple changes. I provided the party guests with a selection of stencils like the one you see Brenna using in the photo above. Unfortunately, the stencils I had were either too complex for this project or too small. On the left is an image from one of the sites I visited to learn more about 3-D illusion art. Tracing your hand works really well, but that’s because it’s a fairly simple design and a good size. Large, basic shapes work best.
Once our guests traced their chosen shape onto heavy cardstock paper (or an 8X10 canvas), the real work began. They used rulers from their “artist goodies” to draw straight lines across the paper. The lines can be placed at varying widths like you see in the photo below. Whenever they encountered part of the stencil design, they jumped over it and continued drawing the straight line on the other side. This initial stage left a void where the design was traced onto the page.
The next stage involved connecting the lines on either side of the shape with slightly arched lines in the middle. This is what produces the 3-dimensional look.
The drawing on the left also includes shading and highlights to further aid in the effect, but we focused on getting the lines right and coloring everything in. Because we used smaller stencils, our artwork didn’t look quite as good as the example pictured here, but the kids were still amazed at the 3-D effect and how easy it was to achieve it.
Image credit: DetailsPartyDesigns