Monday, January 4, 2010

DIY - Silhouette Canvas

Over the Christmas and New Year break I decided to create a small piece of artwork to add to my slowly growing gallery wall [see final Image] filled with this and that.

Silhouettes of family members and loved ones have been around for centuries and have made a big comeback in the last year, so this is the direction I chose to take. Best of all, it turned out to be really simple and fast to do!

The first thing to do is find a suitable photo. For the best results find a photograph where the subject is either facing squarely into the camera or a profile shot, where the subject is facing 90 degrees to the camera. To make the process easier it will help if the subject is in front of a light, plain background.

Next you trace the outline of the subject, puting in as much or as little detail as you like. This can be done either by using a graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator [this is what I used] or you can print out the photo and use tracing or lining paper and a pencil to trace the outline.

 Now that the outline is traced, [print it if needed and] simply cut it out to create a template.

Then place the template onto the canvas and trace lightly around it to transfer the shape to the canvas. I bought this 13cm x 18 cm canvas from a local bargain store for only $2.50!

The next step it to paint it in. I found it was best to use a small brush to paint the outline in first and then use a slightly larger brush to paint in the rest. I found that because the canvas was very textured that I needed to use the small brush to go back and tidy up the edges and also paint in small areas where white spots where showing up. I also decided to add a little extra hair detail at the neck.

Once the paint has dried the only thing left to do is hang your new masterpiece! It truly is an easy little project that should only take about an hour but that you can enjoy for years to come!

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