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Water Color Resist (Part Two): Silhouette for Dad


This is definitely a fun step up from a traditional silhouette! What a cool gift your kids can proudly give their Dads. I love how colorful and graphic they came out!

Take a picture of your child's profile. (Remember your picture will come out facing the opposite direction.) Preferably use a white background. (I saved over the original photo but this is an out take to give you an idea.)

This next step is not a necessary but can be helpful. Pump up the contrast in Photoshop or something similar. Print to the size you want for your silhouette. Tape to a window.

Tape a piece of contact paper (edit: Use Removable Contact Paper) on top. Paper side facing out.

Trace with a sharpie or similar. Cut out with exacto knife. Now you have a positive and a negative. Peal off backing and place on center of heavy paper. Make sure edges are smoothed down.

Paint with water color.


Let dry. Carefully peal off contact paper. We had some issues with the paper pealing off with the contact paper. I am going to try different paper next time and not rubbing the center. I also have some cheaper contact paper that may not be as sticky. This looks great matted and in a frame. Let me know if you try this and how they come out! (edit: Use Removable Contact Paper! You wont have any sticking problems. Thanks for the tip Painted Maypole.)

This did not work out as well. A lot of the paper pealed off making it look messy.

27 comments:

  1. These paper resist ideas are really great.

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  2. VERY COOOOOLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Meant to get over soon and comment on how cool I thought Sunday's water resist pictures came out only to find this awesome craft up! I love it, I am going to redouble my efforts to try and get a sideview of ER. I've been wanting to try a myriad of silhouette projects and I love how this involves the kiddos too. I have been having a serious blank on Father's Day gift ideas too! You always come through with coolness Kim!

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  4. I like how you took the origional project up a notch! The photograph idea seems much easier that shadow tracing! good thinking.

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  5. I LOVE this idea! I made a silhouette for dh's father's day present, but I think I'll try this in addition to the traditional silhouette. Thanks for the great idea!

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  6. This is such a cool idea!! Thanks for sharing.

    (Anjeanette)

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  7. what a wonderful gift. I can't wait to make this.

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  8. This is an awesome idea! I'll be linking.

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  9. What an awesome project!! I love this idea!

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  10. These turned out beautifully! What a lucky Dad!

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  11. you can by removable contact paper. i have some I'll use to try this. great idea!

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  12. Wow! I have been wanting to do this. I can't wait to try it. Thanks!!!

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  13. girl- I've been seing this great fathers day idea all over the blog o sphere! You rock!

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  14. Painted maypole great suggestion - I am going to edit my entry to include this info!

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  15. I was just about to ask where you can buy removeable contact paper, but just called Michael's and they say they carry it! Off I go to scoop some up for present making this week.

    I love this site, just found you. Will return often!

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  16. We finally did it! Thanks for the tip on using the removable Contact paper! I blogged about it. You know where to find me! Thanks for a fabulous idea! :)

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  17. What a fantastic project. We did this and I blogged about it (and linked to your post) here:

    http://totschool.shannons.org/?p=944

    Thanks for the great idea!

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  18. I love this idea! It inspired me to create something similar with my toddler. I'd love for you to stop by and check it out :)
    http://funhandprintart.blogspot.com/2010/06/toddler-silhouette-painting-keepsake.html

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  19. Wow. This looks spectacular! Great job!

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  20. Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I recently linked to you on my blog: http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2010/06/fathers-day-crafts-for-kids.html

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  21. Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I recently linked to you on my blog: http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2010/06/fathers-day-crafts-for-kids.html

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  22. Wow. I like this 'cause it's very personal :D

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  23. Thank you! My kids (8,5,2) and I did this for my husband and father in law for father's day and they came out better than I expected! It worked well to outline the profile on the printed photo before putting the contact paper over...just made it easier for me to see. Thanks again!

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