Thursday, April 22, 2010

DIY For Painterly Silhouettes

"diy project: kate's painterly silhouettes"
design*sponge (April 21, 2010)

"i love the crisp, graphic nature of silhouettes. I know that you’ve seen a lot of silhouette designs though, so i tried to give you a project that rethinks the traditional form a bit by allowing you to add your own style to it. the great thing about working with these contact paper cut-outs is that you can paint any way you want! i went for a fun stripe inside silhouettes of masculine objects, to make a gift for my man (they kind of remind me of the jack spade look, which i love). but you could go crazy with the painting style here: splatters, drips, impressionistic, color blocking, camouflage, it would all look great! once you cut the shape out cleanly, you don’t have to worry much about painting accuracy, which is the other great thing about cut-outs. trust me, there is nothing more satisfying than peeling back the paper to reveal a perfect, pristine outline. i hope you have fun experimenting with this one. have fun! – kate...."

(from kate, via design*sponge, used w/o permission)

well, aside from the not-entirely-even 'e. e. cummings' approach to capitalization, i think you'll find this an interesting post. maybe even useful.

hey, if somebody feels more artistic and creative if they don't use capital letters - well, it makes the reader work a little harder. those capitalization conventions we have were developed to make reading a bit easier so were the spelleng an punchuation wuns

But if you're okay with that: it ain't again' the law.

On the 'up' side, the post has a pretty good step-by-step how-2 "after the jump." It includes a nine-point materials list - including tools (kudos!). Also cost (under $10 USD, provided you do this sort of thing fairly regularly) and estimated time required (about three hours, plus drying time).

Finally, there's a 10-point how-2, with photos. It looks like fun.

Even if you never make something like this, you can look at the photos.


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