Looking for a new project that says "Spring?" Something cheerful to adorn a blank wall? With just some cardstock in your favorite colors, a piece of foam core or any solid backing, and a bit of rick rack trim you can create a truly special piece of artwork that you'll enjoy all year round. Cut paper silhouettes do require a bit of precision and patience, but your efforts will be rewarded as the results are stunning!
Silhouettes of all kinds have been popular for awhile and they still look great when combined with fresh color and used together in a grid like pattern as I've done here. Stretch yourself a bit and do several delicate silhouettes to mix with some simple ones for the best results. And of course, with your creative touch this can be used for so many different types of projects. How about freezer paper stencils on fabric for a mini color blocked wall hanging or table runner? Sounds good to me!
- card stock in four coordinating colors
- rick rack trim in one color (choose the darkest color)
- piece of foam core, mdf, plywood, etc.
- adhesive for mounting paper and silhouettes, I used spray mount but you can use the adhesive of your choice, including matte modgepodge for a more decoupaged look.
- an X-acto knife and small sharp scissors (even those used for cutting finger nails)
- xeroxed or laser printed copies of silhouettes sized for your project (you can drag the images I've provided below onto your screen, or find your own through clip art books and online sources)
- Determine the overall size of your artwork and divide into four equal sections.
- Cut background pieces, one in each color according to this calculation
- Using your computer or a copy machine, size your silhouettes to fit within the rectangles you've cut and flip the images before printing, as you'll be working with them from the back
- Using spray mount adhesive (or the adhesive or your choice) mount the silhouettes to the back of your card stock, one silhouette per color if you're following my design.
- Using an X-acto knife and /or small sharp scissors cut out the silhouettes, and then mount these silhouettes to the background pieces.
- Carefully mount the background pieces to your backing material using the adhesive of your choice and then cover seams between background pieces by attaching rick-rack with glue.
- Artwork done on foam core can be framed, while those done on a piece of mdf or plywood should be given a finished edge with pieces of the same cardstock and can be hung as is!