I’m thrilled to have lovely Amanda from RedAgape share a special tutorial here today. Amanda is a fellow crafty blogger who owns a beautiful 1890s house out in Millthorp out in country NSW which she rents out as a guest house. Her own home is also like something out of a magazine – all modern meets recycled with high ceilings, enormous rooms, sky high windows and upcycled furniture – it’s pretty much heaven. She’s often sharing DIY tutorials for things she’s made around these homes on her blog and the spaces are just so stunning. Always left feeling mighty jealous as I flick through them from my teeny Sydney-city apartment.
You absolutely need to check out her blog here.
Amanda is sharing this really simple and gorgeous silhouette art tutorial for us today. Has got me thinking about all of the things I could turn into silhouette shapes now.
Hi! I’m Amanda, a self-confessed craft addict, interior lover and guesthouse owner. I’m passionate about creativity and believe that craft can be a form of therapy for many. It can be used to help maintain and general sense of happiness and mental health, or as a distraction from more serious illness or hardship….and there’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and pride, when you produce something beautiful with your own hands.
Today I want to share with you a simple and fun tutorial for making silhouettes.
- embroidery scissors or exacto knife
- white A4 cardboard
- decorative paper
- computer and printer
Pick a Subject
Firstly, you need to decide on a subject. I have made silhouettes of people before, so this time I thought I would try something a little different. I am using a statue of a cockatoo as my subject. As the cockatoo is white, I needed to photograph it on a dark background to achieve a nice contrast between the subject and the surrounds. When photographing people for silhouettes, make sure there is plently of light shining behind them to create contrast.
Upload your picture to the computer
Once you have uploaded your picture you can play around with the contrast until you have a very clear and defined outline of your subject. I was able to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to alter my image into a line drawing. This is an optional step: if you can see the outline of your subject clearly you don’t need to worry about editing the image.
Print Out Your Image
Print out your image onto medium weight cardboard. You can alter the size of your image before you print it out, or you may like to reduce or increase the size on a photocopier until you have a size that you are happy with. I have printed out a couple of different sizes to play with.
Cut Out Your Template
Carefully cut around your image using small embroidery scissors or an exacto knife. I prefer scissors, but an exacto knife is handy for getting into small nooks and crannies. This cut out will be your template. The great thing about having a template is that you can use it over and over again many times.
Trace Around Your Template
Trace around the template onto your choice of decorative paper using a fine lead pencil. If you are worried about pencil marks, you may prefer to turn your paper over and trace onto the reverse side.
Cut out Your Silhouette
Using your embroidery scissors or exacto knife, cut carefully around your silhouette. And that’s it!! Now all you have to do is decide what you are going to do with your silhouette. You might like to use it to decorate cards, gifts or as artwork in your home. I’m using my cockatoo to brighten up my office space!