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Tricks of Trompe L'oeil
Lesson by Amanda Lutz-Beheshti

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Project Description:

Pronounced* trȯmp-ˈlȯi / trȯmp-ˈluh-yuh, Trompe L’oeil is French for “deceives the eye’.  It is a technique where the artist creates an optical illusion in a painting or drawing of realistic images on a two dimensional surface (2D of length and width only) but appears as three dimensional (3D of length, width and depth).  While it is first said to be used as early as the 5th Century BC into Greek and Roman times, you see it in everyday life from theater backgrounds and sets, street murals, chalk art and decorative and fine art.

*ȯ pronounced like saw, all, horrid

Main Supplies:

  • 1 pc mixed media paper (7” x 10”)

  • Approx. 1 Tbsp burnt sienna acrylic paint

  • Approx. ½ Tbsp black paint

  • Approx. ½-1 Tbsp white paint

  • 6 round paint brush (4 round is fine too)

  • 6 flat paint brush (4 or 5 is fine too)

  • 1 round brush (or any very small detail brush)

  • Rectangle template (approx. 3” x 6”)

  • Small pc of artist sponge (damp)

  • Print-out of layout (of rectangle placement and outline of mouse)

  • Cup for water 

  • Paper towel

  • Pencil

  • Possibly ruler and scissors if you need to draw/cut out 3”x6” template

Special thanks to Amanda Lutz-Beheshti for the wonderful project!

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