Thursday, October 20, 2016

Silhouette On Canvas

All of you who wish to make something for your home ... this is a must try.

It is simple and the final product is outstanding.

Silhouettes are classy and easy to make... This is what I came up with. I enjoyed it so much that I thought of sharing the steps on how it can be made.

Lets start the tutorial

1. Choose your color for the background and dilute the color with water (note: the amount of water will depend on how light you want the background to be). I chose a copper metallic acrylic paint for the background. As I wanted the background to be really light, I diluted the paint a lot.

Use a sponge fill your canvas board. You may use more than 1 color to create a night or sunset effect. Here I wanted more focus on the silhouette hence used only 1 color for the base.

2. Let it dry for 15-30 mins. You may draw your main image or use a stencil or stamp. I drew the grass and stamped the butterflies. For the grass a rough sketch for giving you directions while painting is good enough.

3. Using a black paint stroke out the grass. This is the 1st step to creating the effect. At this stage you may want concentrate on getting the overall picture right.

4.Now paint a  solid black line across the bottom to create base for darkening the grass for the silhouette effect.

5. It is now time to darken the bottom half of the grass. Start filling the grass strokes with solid color. The aim is to create a dark base. So go ahead and fill in the bottom.

6. Now paint the butterflies and the first painting is ready.

The second one is on similar lines, just a little different approach.

1. Get the background ready with the desired color(s) and sketch/stamp/stencil your main image.
(the color blue below looks different in the pictures due to change in lights)

2. Start outlining the image. In the previous one we used strokes to create grass, however as this image is such where we will have to fill paint, it is better to start with an outline.

Always start from left and make your way to the right. This prevents mishaps of paint getting onto your palm and transferring on the canvas in the wrong places.

3. Once the outline is done start filling it. Use the left to right rule here as well.

4. Our Silhouette is ready.

I placed them in my living room and just love how they looks.

Thanks for looking.

I look forward to your comments.

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