How to Make a Leaf Silhouette Portrait
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Forget photosynthesis. Leaves are for photo-projects-thesis!
Grab a photo and a leaf, and in few simple steps you can turn everyday foliage into a unique silhouette portrait of someone you love.
Simple and elegant, leaf silhouettes look great in a frame or on a book or a card.
So, as Biff would say, “make like a tree and get to work on a silhouette leaf portrait!”
- A photo of someone in profile
- A big leaf
- Wax paper
- A stack of heavy books
- One pen
- X-acto knife
STEP ONE: PREP THE LEAF
Once you’ve found the perfect leaf (we found your basic ivy to be a great size and thickness), store it between two sheets of wax paper near the bottom of a big stack of heavy books. This will keep your leaf from drying out all crinkly, rendering it useless for this project.
STEP TWO: OUTLINE YOUR SUBJECT
Grab your profile photo and use a pen to draw a line around the figure you intend to cut out. This allows you to make imortant decisions about which fly-away hairs to include, or not, before you get to the tricky business of cutting…
STEP THREE: CUTTING OUT YOUR STENCIL
Word on the street is that some folks prefer to use the x-acto knife’s double-bladed cousin, Scissors, for this step. Just use what you’re most comfortable with.
STEP FOUR: TRACE ONTO THE LEAF
STEP FIVE: CUT IT OUT
STEP SIX: PRESS THE LEAF
When it has finished drying out, it will be nice and flat. VoilÃ¡! Leafy silhouette portrait accomplished!
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TAKE IT FURTHER
- Frame a portrait of a friend and give it as a gift.
- Make a family tree with leaf shillouette portraits of the whole family.
- Write your contact info on a leaf silhouette self-portrait for a truly unique carte de’ visite.
- Glue one to the front of a birthday/thank you/arbor-day card.
- We got this idea from Jenny Lee Fowler’s etsy shop. If you’re short on time, click on through and she’ll make one for you!