Sunday, January 16, 2011

Easy Peasy Silhouettes

I have long wanted to have silhouettes made of my children. Every so often there is an ad in our paper announcing the arrival of a certain maker of fine silhouettes to nearby shopping centers for a limited time. This man, whose name escapes me just now, is credited with creating ones for the grandchildren of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. Each time I've seen the ad I have always thought I should set up an appointment and take the kids. I have yet to follow through with that thought, though.

So, I thought for the time being I might as well just try to make some myself. Honestly, I am probably one of the last in bloggerland to try this. I had seen some on someone's site (their name also escapes me) that were made using a photo editing option in which you create a contrast between the head and the background and then erase everything but the head and shoulders. I tried this with little success. I'm not sure what I was doing wrong but I had a very hard time getting a smooth edge around the faces.

Anyway, I decided to cheat a little.


First, I took profile shots of my kids against my kitchen wall.


In case you're wondering (though you probably aren't), the paint color in my kitchen is English Red by Porter Paints.


After downloading the pics onto my computer I just printed them off onto regular paper. Then I cut them out, traced around them on black construction paper (which is all I had at my disposal at that particular moment), and cut them out one more time.
I cut out a piece of pretty scrapbooking paper to fit my cheap ($3) faux wood frames from Wal-Mart - On a side note...I miss the fact that few things are made from real wood anymore - and used Mod Podge to affix the silhouettes to the paper. I put a light coating of the MP on the back and pressed it into place and then put a very thin coating over the entire front of each silhouette. It goes on white but dries clear and gives it just the slightest sheen.

Finally, since they were small (5x7s), I picked a spot of minimal wall space so they would seem more in proportion. I hung mine in our foyer.


I didn't quite get Ren's on as straight as I would have liked so I will probably be redoing them at some point in the future. But for now, they do the trick and add a little something special to the entry of our home.


I am linking to these fabulous sites. Be sure to check them out for ooodles of ideas.

15 comments:

Tina said...

Great idea! I've been wanting some of my grandkiddos. IF I can get them to sit still long enough for a side profile, I'll try this!
Thanks for sharing!

Farmchick said...

These look great in your foyer. They have such a vintage feel. You did a great job.

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

You're not the LAST person because I still haven't done some and I have been really wanting to! So, you are helping to motivate me my friend!
Vanessa

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Very cute, Tyla! What a great keepsake! :)

Angela said...

LOVE THIS!!!

Robyn's Nest said...

I think they turned out very pretty. I've been wanting to do this sort of project myself but didn't want to go through all of the hassle with photo software. I'm going to "cheat" too and do it your way.

Julie Harward said...

That is amazing! You are very clever to figure it out and do it this way...turned out great! :D

Mary said...

This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

Wendi P said...

What an easy way to do this! Great idea!

Heather said...

I love silhouettes and these look great! By the way, I am visiting from Savvy Southern Style!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I really like them, and have all of the things to do some with, but just didn't quite know how. Thanks for sharing, I will try this your way. I am a new follower, glad to have found you.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are great and wasn't too much work. Thanks for joining the party.

Michelle said...

Love it! I am a new follower! www.landofthemisfittoyz.blogspot.com

creatingme said...

I love your cheat. So much easier your way I think. Plus, it looks the same!!!

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Hey! Just coming back by to say thanks for linking this up to Inspiration Friday! :-)