A Simple Silhouette

I’m Tessa from HowToMakeArt. com.  Today I’m going to show you a quick, simple art piece that anyone can make…


*Digital camera or camera phone

*Black and white printer with regular copy paper

*Yasutomo and Company’s Gel Xtreme Metallic Rollers


*Watercolor Paper

*Yasutomo and Company .05 Permawriter

*Yasutomo’s Traditional Chinese Ink in Ultra Black


1. Take a profile shot of a friend, relative, or even your pet.  I asked my friend Heather to sit for a quick portrait.

2. Next, print your profile shot in black and white onto regular copy paper.  You can use your home printer to do this, since the quality doesn’t have to be great.  I printed Heather’s photo to 5″x7.”

3. Draw a line all around your silhouette using a contrasting color of Yasutomo and Company’s Gel Xtreme Metallic Rollers.  This will be a guideline for your art piece, and you can feel free to change it up a bit as you go – I changed the shape of Heather’s hair a bit but kept her face the same so it would be recognizable.

4. Use graphite paper to transfer the image onto a piece of watercolor paper, or make your own “graphite paper” by using the following technique…  Use a regular pencil and color all over the back of the photograph like this:

Now, sandwich the papers like this so that your watercolor paper is underneath, then your photo is picture side up:

With the same pencil, trace over the lines you made with the Gel Pen, and it will transfer onto your watercolor paper like magic!  I refined the image a bit more with my pencil after it was transferred.

5. Using the Yasutomo and Company .05 Permawriter  go over your pencil or graphite lines.  Wait for the pen to dry, then erase any pencil lines.  At this point, I decided to add Heather’s name over the top of her silhouette.

6. Fill in the image with Yasutomo’s Traditional Chinese Ink in Ultra Black ink by using a small paintbrush around the edges so that you can get all of the details.  I used a bigger brush on the inside of the silhouette after going around the edges with my small brush.  Let your painting dry completely.

7. Using a metallic gel pen, write and journal inside of the silhouette.  If you aren’t sure what to write, choose one word you like, or a word that goes along with the person you drew, and write it over and over again.  I wrote “Strong, Sweet, and Fun.” to describe my friend Heather.  I also used a gel pen to create a border, which you can see in the photo at the top of the post.  This project would make a great gift for someone special!

Have fun making art!



8 thoughts on “A Simple Silhouette

  1. Wonderful project!! You make it look so easy!

  2. Thank you Daniella! 🙂

  3. How fun! Great post!

  4. Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  5. Thank you, Terri! 🙂

  6. Gorgeous! I must try !

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