This last Christmas all the young families in my extended family got a family silhouette. It was a really fun project for me, and of course I took photos so I could share it with you. After Christmas (and once I remembered them again) of course!
Note: For privacy reasons I will not be showing photos of the family.
You will need:
- A piece of decorative wood
- A photo of the family you would like to make a silhouette of
- A paint marker and paint in the same color
- A piece of chalk, preferably chalk pastel as it is very soft.
- Fine grain sand paper
1. You will need a piece of wood. I actually found several pieces of nice wood at a yard sale for next to nothing. I probably spent about a dollar on this one!
2. Paint or stain it your background color. I went sort of orangish for this one (and it looks good in real life, I am just not so grand with a camera!). As you can see there is a mark in the center that some old tape left. Boo. But, you do not see it in the final product unless you know it is there.
5. Get that to paper, the size you want the finished silhouette to be.
6. This is my guide, you can see I did a lot of it by hand and for some reason the paper is filthy.
7. Cover the back of your paper with chalk. I like this blue chalk pastel because I can see where the paper is covered and it is a soft chalk so it coats the paper well.
8. Lay the paper onto your board and tape it down. Trace with a pointy object (pencil or pen). If toy use a colored pen or pencil you should be able to see where you traced.
11. Paint the rest of it with matching paint. I am using a q-tip hear because it was a narrow area but painted most of it with a paintbrush.
12. Almost done! You can paint the edges too if you would like. I thought it framed it well, so chose to. I am not sure what that dark spot at the top is or why the paint is so uneven.