03 January 2011

Audrey Hepburn Silhouette Project

While at IKEA with friends last January, I saw an awesome black and white Audrey Hepburn silhouette. I liked the idea so much that I didn't forget about and when I found out I was to be giving my sister Heidi a Christmas present, I knew I wanted to try to duplicate it. I originally thought I would sketch it and then paint it with black acrylics, but I came up with a better plan. It was unfortunate that I couldn't find any square canvases, but I think it worked out just fine in the regular 16x20 format.

First, I lightened up a picture I had of it and made it enormous. Then, I split it into four sections on four pages and printed it out and taped it to the 16x20 canvas.

Audrey Hepburn Silhouette Canvas Project


Next, I used a fine-point permanent marker to trace all the details. This took forever and sacrificed quite a bit of wrist power . . . each line took about 15 layers before it went through the paper--I really should have found some bad quality paper.


Audrey Hepburn Silhouette Canvas Project Closeup

Finally, I used progressively bigger permanent markers to fill in the outlines. Whew, anyone in my room would have been high it stunk so bad. ;) But it sure looked cool. And I think my sister liked it.

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What do you think?

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11 comments:

  1. I think it's amazing!!!

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  2. it's really good! reminds me of the napoleon dynamite post by designmom... it's good that it's on canvas (as opposed to a wall) so your sister can put it anywhere!

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  3. I LOVE this. SO cool. I tried to comment earlier but I think the comments were turned off? Man I wish you were in my family gift name draw.

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  4. Anonymous10:34 AM

    Looks great!

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  5. I do like it. Were you in my room?

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  6. That turned out great!

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  7. That looks awesome!!! Good work Michelle. You have inspired me to try this with something else.

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  8. this is so cool! very creative!

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    1. It's about 18 inches by 24 inches.

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