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Framed Silhouette Art

Timeless and elegant, this personalized artwork will never go out of style.

framed silhouette art rabbit and woman

Photography: Anusha Rajeswaran

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Anusha Rajeswaran of Fish and Bull. Capture your children, family members, or pets in this classic portrait style. If you're having trouble finding a good photograph of the whole family to frame, try this method of turning a basic profile snapshot into a unique art piece. Silhouette art is perfect for displaying in a nursery, on a gallery wall, or as a giftable keepsake for your loved ones. 

 

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materials

  • Portrait photograph

  • Printer

  • White paper

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Craft knife

  • Cutting mat

  • Cardstock, ivory and black

  • Frame

  • Craft glue (optional)

steps

  1. Print out a photograph of the subject in the desired size. (Tip: If you don't have a printer, you can turn up the brightness on your computer screen and on a piece of paper, trace the outline of the photo on the screen.)

    materials for framed silhouette art including image of rabbit
  2. With scissors, cut out the outline of the person. To carve out smaller details, use a craft knife on a cutting mat.

    cutting out image of rabbit with scissor and xacto knife
  3. Lay the cutout photo on a black piece of paper and trace the outline with a pencil.

    tracing image of rabbit on black card stock
  4. Cut along the outline on black cardstock, resulting in the silhouette. To cut a neckline, carve towards the bottom in a gentle swoop shape.

    cutting out rabbit outline on black card stock with xacto knife
  5. With scissors, cut a piece of ivory paper to fit the photo frame. (Note: The one pictured here is 4 by 6 inches.) Gently lay the black outline onto the frame in the opposite direction that you want it to face and lay the ivory paper over top to hold it in place. Optional: You can use glue to secure the black paper to the background paper, but it's not necessary. Attach the frame backing before displaying.

    framed silhouette art profile of rabbit

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