I recently visited a cafe in Berlin which was designed by my friend, Maria — it was great.  One thing she had used (which I’m really into at the moment) was silhouettes, so I asked her how you do them and decided to do my husband’s family tree as a birthday present for my mother-in-law.

I can’t confess to the idea being an original one — I actually read about it on Inchmark, the wonderful journal of Brooke Reynold’s, a while ago.  She gives a good description of how to create a silhouette and some fab ideas of how to use them (see here). However, Brooke is clearly more of a natural graphic designer than I am — I don’t have Adobe Illustrator on my computer (as she used) so I used my trusty Photoshop Elements, which are very basic.  However an even simpler way to achieve your silhouettes (as my friend Maria explained) is like so:

– Take a photo of your subject in profile against a light source (i.e. a window) – this will give you a really bad photo as the light will immediately put the face into darkness but it should give you a very clear outline.

– Using tracing paper, trace the outline of your face — girls with pony-tails or curly hair put up with strands hanging down look great.

– Using sharp, small scissors cut this out and then use it as a template to cut out your silhouette in any colour paper or card you wish (I’m a stickler for the classic black personally).

Simple and really fun to have, especially of the kids.

-Mo. x


Comments (6)

October 6, 2010

Mo – you are not only ridiculously creative and clever, but also an amazing daughter-in-law!!!! I’m inspired!

Emilie in Paris
October 6, 2010

This a a fab idea, especially good for present for Grandparents etc.!

Dina in NYC
October 6, 2010

again with the great ideas Mo….I love the way this looks!

Esther in Amsterdam
October 7, 2010

Really beautiful!!!!

Courtney in London
October 7, 2010

This is such a cool project. I love it. It’s crazy how much you and your kid’s/husband’s silhouettes look exactly like you do. So neat.

October 9, 2010

Love this version.. your silhouettes are beautiful!

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