Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A party on the wall...

Whewwww...since I last posted I have been a busy gal! We finally finished up our new art wall. I am sure it is obvious by now that I have a thing for silhouettes. It brings back some nostalgia for me because growing up my grandmother had a pair of silhouette portraits of my sister and I made for my mom. These versions that the Hubs and I just finished painting and hanging are a little more modern, but I love them just the same.
They are hanging in the "new" dining room now. Do you remember when the dining room was here?
and then we moved the living room to this room?
Since it looks good this way, I spent some time playing around with the new dining room configuration and this is what I came up with. It works for us for now. But I am sure with Christmas coming and needing to make room for a tree, it will change again. Womp womp!

 and for those who are wondering, this is where the little man sits...

 We couldn't forget him.

*A quick run down on how to make a silhouette canvas
First you need to make your picture into a silhouette (we use Photo shop).
After printing it out trace it onto poster board.
Then cut it out to make your "stencil".
Spray paint the stencil onto the canvas and then use some acrylic paint (and paint brush) to paint around the image and clean up any over spray. This allows you to use a contrasting background color to make your image pop.

All of our canvases were made this way. We used  two 8x8, two 8x10, two 12x12 and one large 24x36 canvas for our art wall. However, in order to make the larger canvas. we had to print our image on 8 sheets of 8.5 x11 paper and piece them together. Then we were able to trace it on to one large poster board to create the larger stencil. This saved us money instead of having to have someone else print out an image as large as the canvas.

Here is an example...
Here was the original image

This was it turned into a silhouette on Photo shop

After tracing it onto poster board and cutting it out we then painted it. This was the first coat of background paint.

Here it is finished (at the top).

I am really happy to have them up before our Thanksgiving dinner. What is better than eating pumpkin pie and turkey? Eating it while being able to stare at pictures of my boys.

I hope you all have a great Tuesday! Tomorrow will be my first Christmas project so make sure and come back to check it out! Now I am off to go battle the grocery store...yikes! Wish me luck.


  1. I realy like your canvas artwork! I love having personalized pieces in our house too. :) I will have to try out my hand at the silhouette's sometime. Happy Thanksgiving!


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