I’m always guffawing at the prices of simple silhouette art in home decor stores. A solid-coloured canvas with a solid-coloured silhouette in the middle — a crown, a dog, a purse, a hamburger (OK I haven’t seen a burger painting but I’d sure like that in my house) — and they’re charging $40. Really???
1. Choose a silhouette. I was making this one for a client’s daughter who LOVES corgis, so I Googled “corgi silhouette” and there were tons of choices. It doesn’t matter if there are watermarks, copyrights etc. on them (many silhouettes are from stock photo sites) because you’re not using the graphic itself. Print that sucker out!
2. Trace it. Place your printed silhouette over your wooden canvas. Then grab your ballpoint pen and trace around it — pressing HARD so you make a light indentation in the wood.
3. Outline it. Using a tiny craft brush and the paint of your choice, paint over the indentation to get your outline.
4. Fill it in. Depending on the colour of paint (and the brand/variety), this could take a few coats, but it’s easy because you’ve already done the hard part of outlining.
5. Glitter + seal (optional). For this canvas, I used spray sealer + white glitter (you KNOW I love glitter) to give the Corgi a little flair. Then I coated the whole thing with poly to keep the glitter in place and give it a nice shine.
I used the same method in Addy’s gallery wall to make her a pink unicorn silhouette with pink glitter.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I might try making some hamburger silhouette art. 😉