Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Silhouettes seem to be making a comeback as a fun piece of art (see here and here for some cool ones), so I thought I'd try my hand at making silhouettes of the kids. Getting my kids to stand still while I trace their heads sounds like a recipe for disaster. Instead, I took some pictures of the kids in profile, printed them out, and cut out the profile. I then traced around the cut-out profile on black paper, and cut it out.
The only problem I had with this method is that Greg and Princess's pictures were about the same size, taken at the same distance, but I apparently don't know where to stand when taking pictures of Peter, so his head seems smaller than the other two, like I rented him from the shrunken head booth at the circus. Oh well.
I've seen a few tutorials, like this one, where you can do the whole thing in Photoshop, but since I don't have Photoshop, this worked pretty well.
I made some for my mother in law, using some leftover fabric from her dining chairs:
I made some for my mother. I went with a plain background in a light purple I know she likes, and will also match her living room. I could swear I took pictures of this one, but apparently I didn't.
I made some for my grandmother. She likes the blue color and the greek key pattern is pretty hip, just like her. I may be using this pattern to make some for myself.
Voila, pretty yet meaningful Christmas presents.