Silhouettes or "shades" were originally painted, and quite often highly embellished with gold details! Today we are perhaps better aquatinted with the cut silhouette.
Cut Silhouette portraits were popular entertainment for rich 18th century society, a silhouette artist would be a draw to an elegant ball, cutting the likeness of the assembled ladies, gentlemen and their fine fashions. Later in their hey day, in the 19th they took off amongst the every day people, at fairs and vacation spots. An adoring tribute to a loved one and a grand day out!
So, are you ready to make your own silhouette portrait?! Doing a self portrait in the old style is rather difficult you would have to sit still and trace your shadow at the same time. Fortunately modern technology offers us an effective short cut! Here’s how...