Monday, January 3, 2011


I made these great silhouettes of my kids a while ago and finally put them up on the wall yesterday.  I am not sure why the picture shows white spots on my Little Mans head because you don't see it on the actual painting.  I had this idea for a while and once I began making it everything went wrong - but I am happy with the end product. 

Here's what I started with:
2 canvases
2 cans of spray paint (one black and one a celery color)
2 pictures of my kids profiles (I used Picnik to size the pictures and to turn them into sketches)

First I sprayed the canvases black and while I was waiting for them to dry I began to cut out the profiles.  When you do this make sure you use a good sharp pair of scissors. After the black dried I layed the profiles on the canvases and weighed them down with some rocks.  I then sprayed over them with the other color.

And this is where everything went wrong.  The canvas soaks up a lot of paint so you need many layers -I recommend using a heavy piece of paper for your profile pic or maybe even cutting it out on card board.  When everything was dry I went to remove the paper and checkout my new silhouette - it wouldn't come off.  The paint had attached it to the canvas - I tried everything it was stuck.  So what to do - I had a friend over and she definitely came to my rescue.  She suggested I use a thick acrylic paint and just paint over the paper  - I was afraid it might peal later on but she knows this stuff so I listened.

She even gave me the paint.  So if you are not going to go with a heavier profile pic be sure to grab a tube of black acrylic paint.  I painted over the outlined profile area and loved the results!  There is a bit of texture from where I attempted to remove the paper but I have had other friends look at the paintings and say "I love how you textured them." 

If I make these again I will probably do them the same - I would use the paper profile as an outline and let it adhere to the canvas and then use my black paint to make it pop.  I love how these came out!


  1. Wow! I love this idea! I'm so going to make this for a Christmas present next year!

    Just popped on over from the blog hop, and I'm SO glad I did!

    lovin my little ladies

  2. this is amazing...maybe there is a ghost lingering over him...but these are so neat, fun and pretty. I will be taking this tutorial with me because i love art on canvas and anything to share my kids is perfect:) thanks so much

  3. I love this...I want to try it for sure..thank you for sharing..your newest follower via a blog hop.


  4. Love it!
    I'm following from the blog hop.
    I'd love a follow back at

  5. Very nice! I love meeting new crafty people!
    I am a new follower from the Tuesday Blog Trail. :)

  6. Well, they turned out beautifully, but thanks for sharing about the template. I wish blogging would've been around 15 years ago when I was first painting. It would saved me a lot of time - but that's how I learned, I guess.

    Would love to have you stop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint!

  7. They turned out great despite the problems you had to deal with! I made silhouette ornaments last year but hope to one day have silhouettes to hang on our wall :)

  8. turned out so great! I'm trying to cut silhouettes out with my vinyl cutter nd am having trouble. I like your idea!

    I'd love you to check out my blog too:


  9. Love these!! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays. I am actually featuring this so go over and get a badge if you want :)

  10. Following from TT&J!
    I'm at if you want to check me out!
    These are so neat!

  11. Beautiful! I am blog hopping and found your blog. I'm now following. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!!

  12. Hi Danielle, thanks so very much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday with this great tutorial! Hope to see you again soon!

  13. Your silhouttes turned out great Danielle!

    Thanks for linking up to Free for All!

    Hannah @

  14. G'day! Great idea!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday No Rules Party!


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