Monday, July 26, 2010

DIY Silhouette Art


Here is the after.

And here is the before.

I found this beauty for $5.00 at a garage sale this spring. It reminded me of something that belonged in a doctor's office that had not been remodeled since 1990.
It had real glass, and though brassy, its detailed framed showed potential.

I decided I would make a vinyl monogram for a sister-in-law.
And so I did. It was beautiful.
I knew she would be so pleased.
Until I tried to put the glass back in the frame.....

And the glass broke into several pieces.

I had already painted the frame a nice glossy black.
And it was still a good looking large frame.
So I came up with a new plan ---to make some very popular silhouette art.

The cost was only $10.
And now I have a lovely large piece of art.
Step 1: Take a picture of each person standing side ways in front of a window or door without using a flash. This trick may prove the trickiest if you have young children like myself.
Step 2: Print the picture gray scale- a word document with the picture imported will do just fine.
You may have to play with the sizing a bit so that children are correctly proportioned to adults, etc.

Step 3: Cut out head.
Step 4: Place head on black card stock and trace in pencil.


Step 5: Feel free to fudge a little. I made ponytails a bit more perky and gave myself some eyelashes.


Step 6: Use card stock to make name cards. I printed my right onto the card stock in a lovely font. Then I glued them onto more black card stock.

Step 7: Place heads and name cards on your mat board, poster board, canvas. I used a mat board I found at Michael's that was the correct size already. Plus the extra weight was helpful when I re-mounted everything. I attempted to use a .19cent poster board. Which actually looked better but was too flimsy without the glass. It would have worked well if I had not broken the glass already. I just hot glued everything down, because I did not have a glue stick. Glue stick would have worked better I think.

Step 8: Find the perfect place to display your lovely heirloom art.... I am still working on this step.

Does this work?

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6 comments:

  1. I like your approach to things. Good work using a modern approach to produce an old fashioned craft. This will be a keepsake for the future. What's that worth?

    By the way, I've spray painted many a Goodwill frame black, too. A great thing to do.

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  2. great initiatives

    Happy Weekend....

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  3. Oh that is an amazing idea.. Thanks for linking this up. It is great to meet new people and see wonderful idea.. Thanks again..

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  4. this is beautiful i love it... and that doctor's office comment made me laugh out loud! stopping by from nff. i'm following you and hope do the same (-:

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  5. Love this!! You did a great job!!Hi..I’m Barb….I am from FF. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. I also would love for you to be a new Fan of my Facebook page too & click “LIKE” in the upper right hand corner of my blog & you’ve done it..Thanks so much! I am just starting at Facebook. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

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  6. Love it! Thanks for the very clear tutorial.

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