Monday, November 12, 2012

DIY Silhouettes

Silhouettes are again making a comeback!

My mother has silhouettes of herself, her sister and parents that I have always admired. It looks easy enough!?

Turns out, it is! I found a great tutorial on-line and decided to make one of Lauren and one of Logan for my mother's birthday.

Here's how...

1. Take a photograph of your subject, on their level, preferably against a solid colored wall. Snap away...get a few so you have a couple different options...especially with kiddos, as they tend to squirm a lot : )

2. Upload the photos to your computer. Select which one you'd like to use, crop it and print it out on either 8x10 or 4x6 photo paper.

3. Cut out your subject's profile being especially careful around facial features.

4. Next, turn your silhouette photo side down onto a piece of scrap cardboard. Using a foam brush, apply an even, thin layer of black tempera paint. Allow to dry and apply a second thin coat

5.  Once dry, you're ready to frame! Affix the silhouette onto a white or off-white piece of paper and place into your selected 4x6 or 8x10 frame.

6. Enjoy!

Now, a little history lesson for you...Silhouettes became highly popular from 1790 to 1840 and were generally done by specialty artists cutting a likeness of a person freehand on black cardboard and then mounting it on a white background. The invention of the camera put an end to the silhouette as a widespread form of portraiture.


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