I've seen plenty of this pricey custom Silhouette Art around blogland lately and really wanted some...but, it's a little rich for my blood. There has to be a way to make this myself!
This is an awesome handmade Christmas gift for this year, so let's make some
Transfer Paper (from your local craft store)
Choose a digital photo with a lighter background so the subjects stand out, like this one:
Upload it to Picnik or your favorite photo editing program to create a silhouette. Use Picnik in the following way:
Click the "Edit" tab
Slide the "Contrast" slider to the right to create more contrast between the subjects and the background.
Now, click the "Create" tab
Last, the the "black and white" option
Your photo will now look like this:
Take your photo to your local copy center (I used Kinko's) to have your photo enlarged to the same size as your canvas. In my case, I enlarged it to 20x16 inches for right around $1.00.
Lay your transfer paper between your canvas and enlargement and trace the outline of each figure and the details you'd like to include:
You will have what looks like a rough pencil sketch when you are finished:
Fill in your sketch with the paint color of your choice. After one coat of paint your painting will look like this:
See the uneven quality of the paint that has that amateur look? We don't want that! Here's what to do - thin some of your paint down with water and apply one to two additional coats over the entire silhouette until you have an even, professional looking finish like this:
Finally, let your painting dry overnight, then thin your paint down even further using water until you have a "wash", a very watery version of your original paint. Dip a rag into the paint and "wash" the surface of your painting by rubbing small amounts of this watery paint onto the entire surface of your painting. This will soften the overall look so you don't have a stark white background.
If you accidentally apply the paint too thick, simply dip your rag into water and wipe. If you don't apply it thick enough, go over it with a few coats of the wash.
Come on back tomorrow to link up your own tutorial for Tutorial Tuesday!
What a great idea! I love this.ReplyDelete
that is great! i have to agree they are a bit too pricey for me too:)ReplyDelete
Great tip about the paints! Never would have thought of that :)ReplyDelete
really cool idea...and great photo, too!ReplyDelete
that looks SO awesome - nice job!ReplyDelete
That photo is pretty sweet as well. :)
That looks fantastic. I may have to be brave enough to try this.ReplyDelete
Brilliant idea! It turned out so great!!ReplyDelete
This turned out so lovely! And now you've got an awesome piece of artwork featuring your favorite boys. How perfect!ReplyDelete
I love that...one more idea to add to my family art wall plan.ReplyDelete
This is awesome!! Yours turned out great!!ReplyDelete
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it!ReplyDelete
that is such a great project Jennifer! The actual photo is pretty awesome too isn't it? I'm sure it's one of your all time faves. Thanks for this great tutorial!ReplyDelete
oooh!!!!!!!!! I've been waiting for this!!!!!!!!! Thanks Miss!!! Of course yours turned out super cool!!!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness! You are something of a genius! Love it!!ReplyDelete
Going in my Tumblr!ReplyDelete
When cute and functional meet, I always luv it. This is great, simple and easy.ReplyDelete
That turned out so great! I love silhouettes and modern artwork. I might have to try something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Real silhouettes are hard to find, and people invest in them for the artist's signature. Kara Walker, Cindi Harwood Rose, Edouart,are the hand-cut silhouette artists to collect. But painted silhouettes before the 1700's like yours, from shadows, or drawings were quite popular. It was only in the 1700's that the scissors was invented, and authentic paper profilists called shade artists emerged.ReplyDelete