Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Family Silhouette Keepsake Roundup
Silhouettes were all the rage in the 18th century. Today, not so much.
Oh, but why? Twenty years from now you’ll have thousands of digital photos and more video than you’ll ever want to watch, and it will all be so… ordinary.
Depict your entire family in a framed silhouette on your wall. You capture your kids in a brief moment of their growth, and yourself without wrinkles, blotches or whatever else embarrasses you.
[Photo via A Cup of Jo]
Here are a few resources to get your brain churning…
Small photo tracing tutorial (shown above, tutorial found at bottom of the linked page)
Photo-editing software silhouettes (shown above)
Silhouettes on dinner plates (simple instructions)
Instructions for the trace-from-a-shadow method (includes hand tracing for extra my-how-she’s-grown goodness)
Reverse color and painted on canvas (The color shift does wonders.)
Advanced ideas for fantasy silhouettes (It helps to know your way around Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator). This artist is the same fellow who designed Thingamababy’s visual look, among many other nice things.
Silhouette kits (a step-by-step guide, special scissors and paper) Or, you may pay to have a portrait done by mail.