Hummingbird Silhouette Art–How To
This weekend while the boys worked themselves to the bone in the basement, I decided to finally fill the empty frame in our mudroom gallery wall. I’m in to birds right now. And I figured a hummingbird, with it’s long beak would make the perfect subject for silhouette art. This is probably the simplest “art” I’ve ever made.
First I found a printable image of a hummingbird. Truth be told, I’ve had the image printed out for the past 6 months or so but hadn’t picked out a spot for it yet. I altered the image a bit while cutting it out because the original had more square wings and body. I wanted my bird a bit curvy so I just cut it to the desired shape, following the guidelines in the original image. Does any of that make sense?
I took the paper that comes in the Ikea Ribba frame, flipped it over, marked the center points and got busy tracing the cut out. Sorry I don’t have any pictures of the first few steps. Once the image was traced I used my finest tip paint brush and black acrylic paint to outline the bird.
Once the outlining was complete I worked my way inside. After the bird was completely black I started on the background. Again, I used a fairly fine brush to control the outlining of the bird and a brown acrylic paint I had kicking around. It was kind of like cutting in when painting a wall. I found it oddly relaxing.
Once the background was dry I popped it in the frame and ta-da! Free art! From start to finish (dry time included) this project took around two hours.
What do you think? Are you over the whole silhouette art trend? For now I’m more than a little in love with this sweet bird. However, because this was free I won’t hesitate to switch it out if I start to get bored of it or find something I love more.