Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Motivational - Painted Photo Silhouettes

What is more precious than the silhouette of one of our little ones captured in elegant, rich black?
Here is a great tutorial on painting your photograph to get a very easy silhouette, 
 by our Guest Designer, Tori Whitney, of "Talk, Paper, Scissors".
Traditional silhouettes required special lighting, sitting v..e..r..y still, tracing the outline, and then some extremely talented cutting with special scissors... Well, Tori has a wonderfully kid friendly alternative to share with us today!  Painted Photo Silhouettes!!
 1.  Choose a photograph that has a profile of your subject.  A 5x7 enlargement works really well, but a 4x6 can work too.  
 2. Carefully trim out the shape of the head, being very careful to leave hair and eyelashes.

 3. Choose a good quality BLACK ACRYLIC paint, and apply in straight even strokes.  First in one direction, and then the other. 

 Here are two sizes of the same photo.... isn't that the cutest nose?
Apply your silhouette to a mat for framing, or for a very special Valentine!
How about silhouettes of the whole family?  When doing multiple silhouettes that need to match, take the photos at the same place, with the subjects siting the same way, so their heads will be the same size. 

Come back on Wednesday to see what the HoneyBees have to offer as we showcase 
Silhouettes and Cameos!!
We hope you have enjoyed Tori's tutorial, and will leave her some love!!! 

Happy crafting ~
BettyBee and the HoneyBees


Rosemary said...

OMG!!! easy and fun is this!!!..I know I must have a photo in ALL my photos to give this a try!!!..Thanks Tori!!

BethanyR said...

WHAT a neat idea!!! I'm going to have to try this

Court said...

Fabulous Tori! What a great idea!!! And that little one is just DARLING.

Myrna said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous project to try.

Beth said...

Oh wow Tori what a fab way to do silhouettes can't wait to give it a try.


The Scrapbook Speedway said...

how easy!!! i would never have thought of it! thank you!

June Houck said...

Tori, this is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing :) And I agree that is the CUTEST nose!

Anonymous said...

Holy moses, this is fantastic!! Something else I wouldn't have thought of doing...I'd have just gone the frustrating way probably of having the kids sit and sit and sit for the perfect silh!! Thank you for this!!!