Nov 16, 2010

Silhouette Making Revisited


From time to time I like to look back and see my projects from the previous year. 
A little over a year ago, I posted about how to make silhouettes of your children. My post and project, which was a tribute to the inspirational blogger and survivor, Stephanie Nielson, is one of my favorites. 
Since then, our silhouettes have migrated to other parts of the house but remain adored by the children. 

I'm reposting this project idea for you today, just in case you missed it. My great grandmother was a silhouette artist. 

She would cut her paper free-handed while her models would sit giving her a profile view. 
I on the other hand, am not that talented. I "cheat" cutting out a photograph of my children! Here's the shortcut version for you as well.

Originally Posted Oct 9th 2009

Making Silhouettes (Inspired by Nie Nie)

*Beloved blogger, Nie was on Oprah on Wednesday. Nie has inspired so many of us to be better human beings. She once posted a blog with silhouettes she created of her four children. Inspired by her crafty take on a timeless idea I created silhouettes of three little lovelies I know quite well (pictured above are my silhouettes).

My great-grandmother was a wonderfully talented silhouette artist. She could cut silhouettes free-hand while just looking at her subject. One of the treasures in my home is a framed silhouette she created of a horseman riding. In my opinion, a good silhouette should be basic enough to look handmade. I suppose it's a matter of personal preference, but those with too many details end up looking manufactured. Silhouette making was popular in America as a form of portraiture until the invention of the camera in the mid 1800's. Silhouette making has really been reborn today and revised by artists who now use various media and colors for creating this nostalgic form of art.

Here's a simple way to create silhouettes of your children that takes just a few moments.

How to: take profile pictures of your darlings. Print on regular paper from your home printer (size to desire), then tape onto black paper. Cut around edges cutting thought black paper. Remove copy paper from top and voila! You can also cut around the edges of the photograph alone, and then color/paint the photographs black if you prefer. After I cut through the paper, I used Elmer's glue to paste to plain white paper then popped them in 8 x 10 frames.

Happy silhouette-making!
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Rebecca said...

I think it's almost time to do the silhouettes again as I can tell by just looking at the silhouettes that the kids have changed dramatically and another needs to be added. Baby Oliver.

Caroline said...

Rebecca, you are SO right! I'm thinking this year I will do bright crazy colors and while frames, just to mix it up a bit. Ahhhhh, but where is the time to do projects for my project and idea blog? :))

Diana Mieczan said...

I have one in my home. I really would love to make my own too:) How are you doing, my dear?
How are the kids and the little baby boy?
Wish you a great day

Susan Anderson said...

I love the silhouettes. And I love the way they look next to that table and lamp!


PS. That one little fall leaf nestled in the vase of your header is so cute!

Barbara Cameron said...

Love your header art. Cheers

karen said...

I love your sillhouettes - and I love your (sort of) easy way of doing them. Your grandmother must have been amazing to do it freehand.