Friday, March 23, 2012

Silhouette Art

I've been wanting to experiment with silhouettes for quite some time, but doing Pet Month finally gave me the excuse to do so! 

I thought it would be a fun way to commemorate our dog Reba as well as create some new art to hang on the wall! 

materials needed:

Wood Block
black cardstock (or other color of choice)
Background cardstock or scrapbooking paper

Step 1) Take photos of your pet: I took lots and lots waiting for the perfect profile....

I decided on this one:

Step 2) upload to your computer:

Step 3) print

Step 4) outline your subject (I used a Sharpie)

Step 5) using scissors or an xacto knife, carefully cut out outline of your pet. This takes some patience and a steady hand. 

Step 6) using a market, place your cut out photo over your piece of cardstock and trace the image onto the cardstock.

Step 7) take a moment to admire your hard work

Step 8) cut out this cardstock image carefully! The more details you leave in, the more realistic the silhouette will look. 

Step 9) sand any rough edges on your wood block.

step 10) cut your background material. In my case I chose patterned scrapbook paper. I wanted to evoke the outdoors as Reba loves to be outside. If you are more ambitious, then do lots of layers! More layers adds more depth and makes the art more interesting to look at. 

Step 11) glue your patterned paper to the wood block.

step11) glue image of dog to pattern.

The edges were curling so....step 12) place them under some heavy books for a few hours to get them to behave appropriately. 

step 13) eh, voila! New art!

I love the details specific to Reba here - her uncut back nails, the ridge on her nose, her shaggy tail.....

If you do decide to make one of these, please email me with a photo of the finished product! I will feature it on my blog with a link to your blog! (I'll post something in around 2 weeks if anyone sends me anything)

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely way to show off your doggie!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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