How To Make Faux Silhouette Paintings

With Chanukah arriving earlier this year (December 8th to be exact), I planned out all of my gifts by Thanksgiving!

This portrait DIY that I made for my nephews was one of the most fun I’ve ever gifted and I think it will be something they will enjoy for the rest of their lives—not to mention, their parents too.

I saw these custom gifts being sold in a magazine for a “discounted” price of $125 and thought, what a brilliant idea…and I can do it for much less.

Holiday Silhouette Portrait Gift DIY

Materials: camera (camera on phone is OK), computer, printer, mat, frame

optional: pencil/ink/paint/brushes/high quality paper

my cost: $12/mat and frame 

STEP 1: Take a picture in profile against a white wall with no flash. Make sure you get the entire head in, unlike what I did here. 

STEP 2: For an accurate and advanced technique, upload into Photoshop and trace the outline of the profile by creating a path and using the pen tool. Then fill in the outline with the paint tool.

You can skip the rest of the steps and print this on high quality paper or you can do it the hand-made way like I did in the next step…

STEP 3: Flop the image in the computer for an accurate profile and print out the portrait (whether just the photo or the one you may have created in Photoshop). Then trace the outline with a thick line in pencil. 

STEP 4: Turn over the print out and place on top of a good quality drawing paper or canvas. Then trace the contrasting outline on the back, resulting in a transfer of the first pencil outline you created. 

STEP 5: Trace the pencil outline with ink and carefully fill in with either a wash of ink, gauche, marker, or as I used, a light wash of acrylic paint.

STEP 6: Make sure to label the name and date of the image, so they can look back on what they looked like in years from now. 

STEP 7: Mat and frame the paintings or printouts (these mats and frames were only $12/each at Michaels). Then gift and watch them guess who each portrait is of!

Target + Neiman Marcus Picks

In case you’re like me and didn’t want to wait in line this weekend for the debut of the Target and Neiman Marcus collaboration, don’t fret—you can still catch it online. Check out my picks that will make the perfect holiday gifts for everyone.

I’ll take the DVF yoga mat please!

1 – Altuzarra double old fashioned glasses (set of 4)

2 – Skaist-Taylor vest

3 – Tracy Reese blouse

4 – Marc Jacobs pouch

5 – Diane von Furstenberg yoga mat

6 – Rag & Bone men’s sweater

#FashionFlashbackFriday Athletic Style

Vogue cover circa 1940′s via Conde Nast

I remember coming across this Vogue cover back when I was an intern at a fashion company and studying graphic design at the same time. The image has stuck with me since. It was definitely was ahead of its time, with not only making a visually graphic image with minimal type, but it also showed the beauty of women being athletic and simultaneously looking good.

While styling athletes on a shoot for Reebok this week, I was blown away at how the female athletes managed to look great as they were breaking a sweat—and still smiling. Somehow they even managed to be conscious of the wardrobe (tugging down on the shirts, moving the hair away from the logo), which was the focus of the shoot of course.

Unlike the women on the shoot, the male athletes looked like they were in pain the whole time and I seemed to have to keep an eye on their wardrobe the most, which I ended up basically taping them into.

Not to be all Spice Girls on you, but um, girl power!

Behind The Scenes

Now that I’m able to share with you the Boston Weddings photo shoot that just came out this week, I can finally share the behind-the-scenes shots with you. It’s probably what you REALLY wanted to see anyway; highlights of gorgeous pieces from Ippolita, Nina, Rachel Zoe, Manolo Blahnik, Brian Atwood, Christian Louboutin, Lela Rose, Marco Bicego, Lyra Lovestar and Erickson Beamon…just to name a few.

New Work Alert: Boston Weddings Magazine

Photographer: Keller + Keller
Producer/Lifestyle Editor: Courtney Hollands
Wardrobe Stylist: Liz Teich / Team
Prop Stylist: Kara Butterfield
Stylist Assistants: Erin Murphy and Nicole Landry
Hair: Michael Albor / The Loft
Makeup: Dani Wagener
Model: Anna / Major Models

Bridal shoots are some of the most fun to work on because it’s like fulfilling a childhood fantasy of planning a dream wedding—an expensive one too—and there’s no commitment to it!

I’m not one usually for hot pink, but when the editor, Courtney mailed me a bunch of Pantone swatches that we were working with, I was sold. I wished I incorporated more color into my wardrobe on my own special day after seeing all of the fun combos that looked great with the modern gowns.

I’m also not typically a modern gown gal or into veils, but I was loving some of the fresh looks like the Monique Lhuillier and Angel Sanchez gowns we featured above, along with the crisp horsehair veil.

Of course, the jewelry was some of my favorite wardrobe items to play with—except for the $100k sapphire ring that I had to have someone watch at all times!

STYLIST TIP: Have a bit of fun with jewelry too and think outside the box. I styled a gorgeous floral necklace on the cover as a hair piece that our talented hair stylist pinned to a modern-retro up-do. I also used a beaded necklace with ribbon as a belt on the grey Vera Wang White bridesmaid dress.

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