Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Striped Silhouette

I have a fun project to share with you today!  So ever since I saw all of the adorable silhouette projects on pinterest I have been dying to make one of my own of my sweet little boy.  The thing is, I just haven't set the time aside to sit down and do it and instead, I've just been pinning and imagining a sweet little silhouette of Silas in my head.  Then, along comes the Pinterest Challenge and lights a fire under my behind.  So today I'm joining the ranks of great bloggers across the Nation who are taking on their pinning addiction and actually doing one of those really fun projects.  

Let me just tell you that this was one of those projects that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and was super easy - and this is speaking from a person who is terrified of painting anything on a canvas with a tiny paintbrush.  I'm loving the finished product:

First, let me share my inspiration - here is my original Pin from the lovely Christina, aren't these adorable?

So, after checking out her lovely tutorial - I set off to decide what my silhouette would look like.  I decided to paint stripes on my canvas, mainly because I wanted to hang this up in my living room and it's in desperate need of some sort of color and pattern.

First thing was painting the stripes - now, I debated here on whether or not to paint the entire canvas white first and honestly- if I had to redo it I probably would.  But, since I tend to be impatient when working on any craft project I decided against it and went straight for the stripes.
I just used 1" painters tape and totally eyeballed the whole thing (because I'm impatient and didn't want to spend time measuring).

Once my stripes were taped on I used a little craft paint and painted over the canvas - I ended up painting two coats for better coverage.  

Then I got nervous because I was so convinced I would pull away the tape and reveal a giant mess.  But, to my surprise, it wasn't! And, actually looked pretty good.  It wasn't perfect - but the small imperfections are barely noticeable (especially when hanging up).  Next, I sighed a breath of relief knowing that I would not have to start over.

Ok, now for the silhouette part.  I needed a good profile picture of Silas to pull this off so I caught him at a good time when he was enthralled with Phineas and Ferb and took a quick shot of him before he realized what was going on - otherwise I would have never have gotten him to stand still for that long.  To enlarge it, I didn't use any fancy software I just uploaded it to my computer, pulled the picture into a page file and increased the size to fit a legal size document and printed it - simple.

Next I just cut out his profile, found the place I wanted it to go on my canvas and used a few pieces of painters tape to keep it still while I traced it.

And, then I had this:

This next part was the second scariest part for me because for some reason black paint makes me nervous plus I hate using a small paint brush, I'm just not skilled with it.  But, I just took in nice and slow around the traced line, using my paintbrush to outline the entire silhouette with my black paint.

These were the brushes I used, in case you were wondering.  I used the foam brush to fill in the larger area.

After a while my confidence in skinny paintbrush using was increasing and I was able to pull away with this - (this was my first coat and I did end up applying a second). whew.

And now he has a little spot in our living room to call home.

So cute right?

I love the stripes and the pop of color but the thing I love the most is my cute little Silas and this project just makes me smile every time I walk into this room.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I'm joining up with the Pinterest Challenge and heading over to check out all of the other great projects that will be linked up!  Make sure you check out the awesome hosts projects: Sherry, Katie, Cassie & Erin.  

This project was so easy and fun and has totally inspired to get to working on more pinterest projects I have been procrastinating about.  So what about you?  Any pinterest projects looming in your pin boards that you are ready to tackle?  Have a great Wednesday!

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  1. I think that would make a wonderful mother's day present for "Grand" mother.

  2. Your silhouette is awesome! It turned out really well, and makes a great impact... Thank for stopping by my blog this morning and leaving such a nice comment!

  3. So cute! You did a great job! I think I'm going to tackle this project this weekend. I've been dying to have a cute silhouette of my daughter. Thanks!

  4. This is so adorable! I love silhouettes.


  5. I love it. The stripes are perfect.

  6. Love this project!! So cute! New follower to your blog!

  7. I love, love, LOVE this! The stripes make it EXTRA awesome! Pinned it! Just fueling the cycle!

  8. this is so cute! I need to make one!

  9. ohmygosh! This is adorable! I just pinned it so I can make one too. :)

  10. Wow, what a great project! Love the stripes with the black silhouette. Well done!

    Laurel at SoPo Cottage

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! I really love personalized art :)

  12. So sweet :) Thanks so much for linking up at Live Laugh Linky! Hope to see you again this week. Hugs!

  13. Love the idea! I've been looking for a way to incorporate more yellow in my living room and I like the idea of having my kids' silhouettes be a part of the artwork. It'll cost me a lot less than the project I was considering. Great job!

  14. Precious! I love this fun twist on the traditional silhouette. Great job and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  15. I LOVE it!!! And I think the stripes are absolutely brilliant! Thanks for the shout out, by the way.

  16. I saw the ones from Christina, too and fell in love with them. I LOOOOVE the stripes on yours, though! I have 3 kids and wonder what color scheme I could use that wouldn't be too overwhelming! Thanks for the great idea!