Silhouette’s aren’t just for kindergarten anymore. They’re a fantastic gift idea. We have just a few (of the many) techniques to try.
You will need:
(The technique that you prefer will designate which items you will need to gather)
- Card stock paper
- Regular copy paper
- Fine tipped black marker
- Black paper
- Craft knife with sharp blade
- Tracing Paper
- Painter’s tape
- Paper to use for your background
- Photo editing software (if using Technique #3)
First, have your subject sit comfortably on a stool or chair with their profile towards you. If you want to get technical – try to have a plain white background (we didn’t). You can use white board or rolled paper propped up behind the subject or try using a white blanket or towel hung over a clothes line with subject sitting in front of it. We found that if the subject has a collared shirt, it looks a bit more formal.
- Scale your photo to the size you want to work with. Print it out on card stock at home or at a copy center. Tip: The larger the image, the easier it is to cut the detail work.
- With the craft knife or scissors, cut out your silhouette – paying close attention to details, ie: wisps of hair. Be sure to add a swoop or arch at the bottom of the silhouette. Use this cut-out as your template.
- Lay the cut-out template onto a piece of black paper. Trace the template with a pencil and carefully cut out the silhouette.
- Glue onto a background paper and frame. Tip: For the background paper, it doesn’t necessarily have to be white – go crazy and get creative. Try using a decorative scrapbook paper, a brightly colored paper, wrapping paper, etc.
- Scale your photo to the size you want and print it out on regular paper.
- With painter’s tape, tape a piece of tracing paper on top of your print. Tape both pieces of paper onto a window and trace your silhouette. Daytime light works best for this technique because you’ll need light to shine through the paper so you can see the profile well.
- Cut out the tracing paper silhouette, this will be your template.
- Lay your tracing paper template onto a piece of black paper and trace with a pencil. Carefully cut out silhouette.
- Glue onto a background paper, frame.
- Use a photo editing software program. We used Adobe® Photoshop®.
- Print out and frame.