Back in 6th grade we made silhouettes with dark colored construction paper; not extremely pretty, but kind of interesting to make. I wanted to make some silhouettes of my kids too, but I wanted something I would want to keep! So I came up with these watercolor resist silhouettes!
The hardest part of these is really getting your kids to sit still enough to let you dew around their shadow! The way we set it up: I taped a piece of contact paper to the wall that was the same size as my canvas, and then I taped a flashlight to a chair across the room. I had the child sit in the chair while I drew the shadow (my model here is not too thrilled with the picture taking).
Next cut out your silhouette. Then you can remove the paper backing and stick it on your canvas. We used 11×14 flat canvases because they were easier for kids to paint on.
Once the contact paper is adhered you can turn your kids loose with water colors. I chose to use real water colors (although not the expensive ones) to get the nice color blending. Cover the entire canvas with paint and allow to dry over night.
Then peel off the contact paper. You may notice a little leakage of paint around the edges, especially if your little ones were a bit over zealous with the water part of watercolor. (Eli’s was to worst as he was quite fond of adding water to his paint!)
I cleaned it up a bit by painting over it with white acrylic paint. Then, I ended up covering the entire silhouette so it would look cohesive. And then the OCD part of me even painted Bria’s silhouette to match the others despite how clean she kept it. Allow to dry again. And here is the result!
Now you have lovely art work that includes your children’s silhouettes! I wish my kids would have used more bright colors, but I totally plan to do this again as they get older to see the changes!