I haven’t cut silhouettes in some time but I spent some time looking on eBay at silhouettes, thinking I want to hang some on my stairway wall with other black and white stuff. I want vintage but true-cut silhouettes of individuals, not the fake 18th century ones mass produced. I really know nothing of them, but I figured if they come in pairs of male and female with big powdered wigs, they probably aren’t done by a silhouette artist sitting on the street or at a department store cutting profiles for Mother’s Day gifts. (My own love of silhouettes began when I happened to be in the children’s department of Rich’s when my kids were little and there was a woman cutting silhouettes. I had her cut ones of my kids and they are one of my favorite possessions.)
I pulled out black and white paper (you cut looking at the white paper, it is really hard to see what you are doing on the black paper). Just using the scissors (no drawing allowed!), cut the profile of the person you are looking at. Even though I long ago lost my silhouette scissors, I was pleased to see that I am not so out of practice considering how long it has been since I have done this and I had to use a crafting pair of scissors.
One of these is Ken, can you tell which?
For fun, I cut a bride and groom silhouettes of my lovely young friends, Joseph and Adrianne who recently got married. These don’t really do them justice, but I thought they were so fun.
Here is a bird I did a while back. I put it on an old photograph mount, wish I had more of those.
And here is a vintage silhouette I paid a dollar or so for. It is so small and very finely cut.