A Dog’s Love Silhouettes Project - Stampington & Company

A Dog’s Love Silhouettes Project

Anyone who has spent five seconds with me has probably heard about my dogs, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley. They are my best friends and always bring a smile to my face. They are both named after characters in “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, so for Mr. Darcy’s first birthday, I will be throwing a Pride and Prejudice Puppy Party to celebrate. There will be human food, dog food, games, and shabby chic patterns everywhere. These cameo frames are a beautiful addition to the party and will be used to indicate which side of the table holds the human food, and which side holds the dog food (a very important distinction!). These stunning silhouettes will get used even after the party is over because I am thinking of hanging them above each dog bed.

A Dog’s Love Silhouettes Directions:

Mix Blushing and Turquoise paint with a beige paint to mute the colors a bit. Brush one frame with pink paint mixture, and the other with the turquoise paint mixture. To add even more distressed details, dip the paintbrush in water and go over the painted surface to allow some of the white of the frame to show through.

Trace inside of frame onto old ledger paper or book text. Cut paper, leaving a wide margin around the drawn outline so that you can later glue it to the back of the frame.

Paint ledger paper with white gesso so that the text still shows through.

Stencil some random lines at the top and bottom of each paper with blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress inkpad

Dilute each paint color with water and splatter over the surface of each ledger paper oval.

Using a stock image or photo (I found my silhouettes on unsplash.com), cut out the person and dog shapes with small scissors. Trace these shapes onto an antique postcard, and cut shapes out. Erase any pencil lines that are still showing.

Tip: If you can’t find the perfect silhouette, find something that is pretty close and modify it. The girl had a pony tail in the photo, but I turned it into a bun with a few pencil strokes.

Dilute Umber paint with water, color in some of the details on the postcard cut-outs.

Adhere silhouettes to the ledger paper with gel medium.

For added definition, outline each silhouette with a watercolor pencil and wet outline with a paint brush to blend.

For added definition, outline each silhouette with a watercolor pencil and wet outline with a paint brush to blend.

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