I loved making these so much. It has been a bucket list item for me for a long time and I kept putting it off because I kept getting pregnant. When we finally decided that #5 was the last, that’s when I decided I could take action, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I made these a few months after our last was born. She looks like Alfred Hitchcock in her’s, bless her heart. My husband keeps telling me that I’m going to need to redo them eventually so she doesn’t develop a complex.
I’m beginning to agree.
After looking at this on here, I’ve decided that redoing them is a must. One more summer project for me, I guess it’s good that there’s only 7 more school days left.
Canvas (I used the board back 5×7 canvases. You can buy them at Michael’s and use their 40% off coupon to get them for a steal) camera, paper, printer, black paint, white paint (I used acrylic paint for both colors), scissors, Mod Podge, paint brushes (small and large)
- Take a profile picture with your camera.(I used my iPhone 6S and it worked great)
- Paint the entire canvas with the WHITE paint, using the large paint brush and let it dry.
- Bring image into a program like Photoshop or Gimp. I use photoshop on a regular basis, but started out using Gimp. It’s free and a bit tricky to figure out at first, but once you get it you can do almost as much as you can in photoshop… and its FREE!
- Outline the person and try to select as much detail as possible.
- Fill the inside of the outlined image with black, or any color you’d like it to be.
- Resize the image to fit the canvas you’re using.
- Print the image
- Cut it out and try to keep as much detail as possible. This is when I added the detailed bottom too, even though it didn’t print that way, I cut outside the black to give the bottom the finished edge you see in the final product. Have fun with the way you cut it too. I varied the bottom with each child to give them each their own feel and look.
- Paint the cutout image with the BLACK paint using the small paint brush. To do this, I just laid it flat on a blank piece of paper and gave it a couple coats of paint, letting it dry in between. It will curl a little so don’t think that you’re doing it wrong if it does.
- Put a coat of Mod Podge on the canvas with the large paint brush.
- Position the silhouette on the canvas, you can push it a round a bit to get it in the right place, but be careful not to push it around too much, you don’t want to tear the paper.
- When the paper is in the position you want, cover the entire canvas with a couple coats of Mod Podge, letting it dry in between coats.
- When it’s all dry, put canvas into a 5×7 frame and hang on the wall.
I hope that your’s turn out as great as mine did and you can make these a treasure for years to come.