Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
How to Create a Beautiful Silhouette Drawing
As a crafty DIYer and vintage scavenger, I love getting my hands on a unique crafting project. Today, I want to tell you about a beautiful and cheap decor option for creating your own wall art.
Clients ask me all the time, “How can I make my spaces look good without stressing a hefty $200 price tag for one table lamp or piece of art? Ahh––a decorating dilemma we all face.
I’m with ya, and I’ve got a solution for you regardless of your decor style!.
Enter the world of sweet and sophisticated silhouette drawings.
You can take the traditional route with a classic hand-drawn print, OR you can use technology. Here, we are creating a piece of cheap decor. BUT, that doesn’t mean it won’t be a charming piece of art you’ll appreciate for years to come.
There are also many alternatives to the classic black and white shadow portrait. You can jazz it up!
Incorporate your favorite mediums:
You also don’t have to limit your subjects to humans. This is about you and who or what you love. For example, you may opt-in to create a shadow portrait of your fur babies!
Ready to hang this timeless piece on your wall? Let’s get craftin’!
How Do I Make a Photo Into a Silhouette of a Person?
Let’s take a break from our digital screens and create a classic hand-drawn portrait.
“My art skills start and finish at stick figures, Courtney!” If drawing isn’t one of your top skills, feel free to skip this part and move to technique number 2, “Using Technology.”
Supplies You’ll Need:
PRO Artist Tips:
For those of you that need some artistic help, here’s technique number two. This age-old skill is not difficult to master if technology is on your side! Grab your standard camera or iPhone camera and ask your subject to turn to the side against a blank wall.
White walls work best.
PRO Artist Tips!
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What if you don’t want to make a silhouette of a person? Sure! Your subjects don’t have to be humans. You can use shapes or any photos you find online to create shadow portraits.
PRO Tip! Search for images with clean lines and distinct shapes. Use any of the two processes above.
Are you an avid DIYer? I’d love to see how your cheap decor projects blossomed into beauties! Send me a pic of your DIY projects on my Facebook page!
Could you use more design help? IF you’re struggling with more than just choosing wall art options– Courtney Warren Home offers home design services for every budget.
I offer a complimentary, no-strings-attached phone call consultation. We can also consult by video conference. If you’d like to meet in your home, please know we will use all current safety protocols.
In the meantime, catch other great design tips on my YouTube channel, Real Life Design with Courtney Warren!