Silhouette Portraits

30 Mar

I stole this idea from my friend, who in turn had stolen it from another friend and so I shall pass it on for you to steal at your leisure.

Silhouette portraits have been around for thousands of years and they seem to be having a revival.

I found a really interesting history of the silhoutte here if you would like to know more.

The great thing about a silhouette is that it creates  touching memento of someones likeness with very little artistic skill involved (always a bonus).

I thought it would be a nice gift for Mum to create a portrait of her Grandchildren.

Here is what I did.

Firstly, and trickiest of all, I took a profile picture of each child.

I made sure my daughter’s hair was tied back to get a good clean outline, and that their chins were up so as to show some neck.

Next I printed of the pictures and the traced the outline onto some plain paper.

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Once that was done, I broke out the black poster paint and filled in the picture, being carefull not to go over the lines. It would probably be easier just to use black card, but I didn’t have any, so I improvised.

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Whilst that was drying I dug out a couple of old white picture frames that had seen better days.

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I gave them a new lease of life by decoupaging some pretty paper over the surface and leaving it to dry on the door handle.

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Once once my silhouette was dry I very carefully cut it out using a Stanley knife, attached it to some white card and popped it into my newly upcycled frame.

And there we have it.

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This was such an easy make, in fact the most tricky thing about it was getting the children to stand still for long enough to get a profile picture of them.

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Happy Mothers Day xx

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3 Responses to “Silhouette Portraits”

  1. Ms Noir March 30, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    These are fab!!! Happy mother’s day mummy Blythin!! Xx

  2. craftsonsea April 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    What a lovely gift! Thanks for joining in with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

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