This past weekend my parents came to visit because my mother is redecorating and she wanted me to make some art pieces for the room. I haven't gotten as much as usual done lately because I've been sick for over two weeks. All my oils and everything are just barely keeping it at bay. My allergies were exacerbated by the changeable weather and I caught a cold with a horrible cough. I'm getting better but just really slowly, and when I do start to feel better I try to catch up on all my exercising and work and relapse. Luckily I felt well enough to work on my mom's project, and so far I haven't made myself sicker again.
My mom is re-doing the bunk house style bedroom where her younger grandkids sleep when they visit and she wanted to decorate the wall with silhouettes of them. The oldest kids all have senior pictures from high school which she's displaying in a different room, so we only used photos of the youngest eight kids for this project.
|The work in progress|
Mom didn't want traditional small framed silhouettes; she wanted large ones on canvas or wood. I had her take photos of all the kids and she chose gallery wrapped canvases and painted them before she arrived. Then I cut the silhouettes from sticky back vinyl and applied them to the canvases. They turned out well. They are really unique, since they are so large, and even though silhouettes were a Victorian craft the large ones have a visual power that is really graphic and modern.
|The reference photo|
|The finished silhouette|
|The silhouette applied to the canvas|
|Another reference photo|
|Another finished silhouette|
My mom ended up with eight portraits on canvas. The canvases measure 12 by 16 inches and the silhouettes themselves are around 8 by 11 inches. Mom had me do four of them facing one way and four facing the other so they will be looking toward one another when they are hung on the wall. To differentiate the girls' portraits I cut some details into the hair. All the girls have longer hair so the shape of their heads is kind of odd in the silhouettes unless you indicate their hairstyles a bit.
|The girls' portraits have hairstyle details.|
I hope you will check my shop for this unique decorating idea. I think these would be a great wedding gift or housewarming gift, or even a baby or adoption gift, or you could just buy some for yourself!
|A wall of portraits|