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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  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.

  2. great initiatives

    Happy Weekend....

  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..

  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 (-:

  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 @ & 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!!!

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


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