Summer silhouette painting: rough draft (project in progress)

Happy Memorial day! We're grateful to all those who have helped to preserve our freedoms.

Don't forget: today is the last day to submit your version of Jaime's scrapbook sketch!

Some people in our family have natural talents with the visual arts. I'm not one of them.

I'm okay with that. But every once in a while (Who am I kidding? I'm Wayward! This happens all the time!) I get an idea for a craft in my head and I want to make it whether I really know how to use these media or not.

In this case, I've had a vision for my daughter's room basically since she was born. I haven't gathered the courage to do it yet, but after seeing this silhouette painting tutorial on Sisters of the Wild West, I'm inspired to make it happen.

What I want to make:
A framed silhouette painting. Since it's the unofficial beginning of summer, the painting is inspired by the carefree whimsy of summer and childhood. I want to paint it in the colors of my daughter's room: cream background with a rose pink silhouette.

I've been planning to make a computer graphic of the picture I had in mind and use a computer project to project it onto a canvas to paint.

Here's the rough version of my image, a collage of Creative Commons licensed Flickr images:

I'm still thinking about and tweaking the individual elements, of course. I've been consulting with Brooke, resident painting expert, on exactly how to make this happen. She advised me to use a pre-stretched canvas (which is a lot cheaper than I thought if you're using a standard size) and said that the latex paint we used on the walls would work fine as long as it dries between coats.

I'll keep you posted on my results!

What do you think? What would you put in a summer silhouette painting?

Photo credits from the collage: water—Lois Elling; sitting person and his other leg—Chris Palmer
tree—Laura Nolte; tire swinger—Amit Kotwal


Just Jaime said...

Looks Wayward, alright! How big of a canvas are you going to use? I just bought a two pack of 11 X 14 at WalMart for around $7.

Jordan McCollum said...

I'm thinking a little big. Like 18"x24" (the largest I saw at Roberts). The stretched canvas that size was $17 and the canvas board was $10.

Just Jaime said...

That's big!

Love Sweet Love said...

That will be SO pretty! Love it! Jaime I'll have my post emailed to you by tomorrow afternoon at the latest!

Heather Landry said...

I think it will be beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished product. Please do a follow up on this project!

Tracy said...

Oh I love this idea.
I did a whole outdoor garden scene for my daughters room. I painted a huge tree in the corner.
I say go for it.

DIYbyDesign said...

That looks like it will be beautiful. I would love for you to link up this project to my Swing into Spring party. It opens tonight at 8pm EST.

Jordan McCollum said...

Thanks, everybody! I was kind of nervous about posting this since it's been a dream of mine for so long, but I really appreciate all the encouragement.

I bought the supplies yesterday, so I can move to the next phase soon!

And Judy—thanks for the suggestion. I'll add it as soon as I get home tonight!

Kim said...

I really LOVE this! I would be interested in learning more about how you created the image. A collage of creative commons licensed flickr foreign language to me :)

Debbie Cluff said...

New follower. Love this idea. I am writing a childrens book and want to make these for the pictures... HMM. Lol. Feel free to come over and follow at

Unknown said...

Love this!
I would do me swinging on my porch swing/ glider and bumble bees

Ruth said...

Love it. It is perfect for summer.


AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet!! The Silhouette will work well for this!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

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