Posts Tagged ‘Silhouettes’

a chair for Santa

November 17, 2012

Given the charge of creating a backdrop for photos with Santa Claus for Hope for Christmas (a charitable undertaking my church is participating in to help deserving families have Christmas gifts and food), I decided that Santa needed a sleigh.  Found a sleigh online accompanied by a live reindeer (what could possibly be better than that??!!!) and I could rent it for only $2000.  Way out of my budget range.   Ebay had a few vintage/antique sleighs, some so wonderful  I would have dug into my piggy bank to buy,  even if they weren’t in pristine condition.  But they were up North and “local pickup only.”  I am in Georgia.  I asked my kids to drive to Pennsylvania and bring one back.  They asked how.  Maybe a snow machine at the front of the car so that you could pull it home??

Finally gave up on that idea after a couple of days of watching Ebay auctions.  Then I thought Santa could sit on his throne for pictures.  Problem with that idea is that  I couldn’t find a throne at all.  Go figure.  Below is a work in progress of me creating one with some help from husband and his jigsaw.    Reality doesn’t always match the vision in my brain, but I am sort of  proud of it.  Thinking of  upholstering it but do I really want that on my to do list at this time of year?! I think  Santa will just have to lean against hard plywood but he will have a cushioned seat.  You will have to come back after December 8th to see the final product.

If you would like to contribute to Hope for Christmas, visit this site    or this site for ways to help.

That’s 4 coats of red paint and it still needs another!

Cutting Silhouettes

October 20, 2012

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.



January 2, 2010

The word for Illustration Friday  today on January 1, 2010 is renewal.  These little illustrations show renewal in many ways.  Our resources must be renewable (represented by the fish for consumed goods and food, and by the egret as a reminder to take care of the only planet we have).  It is mandatory that our faith be renewed daily (represented by the little bird, why do birds make me think Christ?).  The children remind me of the constant renewal of curiosity and desire.  And these small silhouettes are reused book pages, colored with pencils, giving the falling apart books renewed life.  (I would never cut into a perfectly good book!) 

Okay, so I am overly sentimental today in my post.

I pray that 2010 brings you joy and contentment.

Bits and Pieces

November 16, 2009

I collect paper.  One glance around my studio and you would agree.  I like doing things with paper, especially cutting it.  After the paper has morphed into whatever… I have no idea what to do with it, so I end up with a large collection of paper. 

I’ve been going thru stuff and have culled out some bits and pieces.  Thought I would share them with you.

Paper snowflakes hand cut from 4″squares of paper, misted with red paint.  The natural one and the really dark red one have been coated in beeswax.  Makes them translucent, less fragile and they smell nice.  I cut several of these last year and wired them onto my Christmas tree.  Lights reflecting off the wax is very pretty.

Artist Trading Cards which I have never traded.  Some kind soul once felt sorry for me and gave me one of hers but these (the only ones I have ever created) didn’t exist at the time.  That one plus these means I have 6 ATC’s.  My favorite part of these (which doesn’t show very well in the photo) is that I punched tiny holes in them and then used embroidery floss and simple stitches to border and accent.  The faces are printed copies of my watercolour faces. 

Fern silhouettes and a little sitting girl cut from computer collaged paper and waxed with beeswax.

 Silhouettes in black.

  A linocut print and watercolor of the same face. 

A hand cut paper doily.  Sometimes I have too much time on my hands.

 A paper doll made into a card.

Another card with a cut silhouette.   I guess I can do something with those pieces.  Sometimes.

Paper Cuts

October 6, 2009


Because I have had some architectural work to do the last couple of days, no artistic work is being done.  (There is good argument that architecture is art, but these days there is good argument against it too.) And as funny Ogden Nash states

O money, money, money, I’m not necessarily one of those who think thee holy,

But I often stop to wonder how thou canst go out so fast when thou comest in so slowly

Here is some cut paper done within the last year (or maybe two, time goes as quickly as money!).  If you are awed by all the cut paper art you are seeing these days, it is easier then it looks.  Draw your pattern on paper first, staple it (in the negative spaces) to the finished paper and cut with tiny scissors and an exacto knife.  Avoid cutting away the stapled pattern until the very end.   Use copyright free images and cut around them for great silhouettes.  It isn’t always easy and it is frequently tedious, but  most people could do it  if they so desired.  And cut paper is so tres chic!





I would hope you would find my architectural work art were you to see it.  We  try hard but usually don’t have control over the final product.

Simple Pleasures

July 16, 2009

Have you ever thought about what brings you pure pleasure? 

I get pleasure from the simplest stuff.  Paper, scissors and an exacto knife.  Who needs rocks!  One can model, fold and cut a piece of paper and create such works of art.  These “ones” are especially able to do that.  Take a look at their sites.


Me, I can model, fold and cut and it is just pure pleasure and wholesome entertainment.

Lately, I have been practicing cutting silhouettes so that I can begin my happy golden years sitting on the sidewalk at Disney World.  The traditional way to cut a silhouette is to take a piece of paper in one hand and scissors in the other and look at the the subject while cutting.  No lamps or shadows are involved.  I have cheated though and taken pictures of profiles to use for cutting.  Digital cameras are wonderful for this.  Delete the picture quickly after cutting and no one will know you have cheated.

Here are a few of mine.  They range from 2 1/2″ to 4″ high.


Only 2,000 or so more to go before I qualify to apply at Disney World.

Oh, and did you recognize Madame X in these?