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Layered Silhouette Project

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I’ve been interested in silhouettes for some time and tried and failed (mostly) on my own project for the home. Since then, I’ve studied (Karl Johnson is a master), researched (youtube), and got the most important thing in the arsenal of cut-out projects…iris scissors.

Luckily with some ingenuity and tracing skills, the silhouette came out pretty well. My tools and supplies used are as follows: lightbox was my 24″ computer screen, used tracing paper as a template for the shape, cork art paper with adhesive (found at local art supply shop), sailing rope (found at curiosity shop), and decent stock paper.

The above image is the product of four different attempts. A sailor’s knot was included as a symbol of strength and bond (wife took care of that part).

Pretty crafty, right?

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The idea of a booklet was an easy inspiration to find.   My passion is and forever set in writing (even though I haven’t written a good fiction piece in ages).   My wife has been working with a toddler and part of creating a booklet was to tell a story that allows people to read our story like a child would read.  We also included a short music playlist to compliment the booklet.  Each song featured was also the title of each of the eight pages.

Playlist included songs like:   Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields),  Close to Me (The Cure),  Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac), & My Girls (Animal Collective).

For the pictures, I used the iPhone Toons App to create the effect.  The work flow seemed backwards because I first took the picture with a dslr, then processed the picture with a photo editing software, then imported into iPhoto, and into my iPod.  After loading each of the photos into the app, I exported those pictures back into my iPhoto album.

Using a word program, I created a textbox and copy/paste picture into the area and wrote a short story for each page.

Here’s a look at the finished product.

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September 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm