Leaf Silhouette Portrait

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Leaf Silhouette Portrait

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Leaf Silhouette Portrait
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How to Make ?

INGREDIENT LIST A photo of someone in profile A big leaf Wax paper A stack of heavy books One pen X-acto knife

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How to Make ?
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STEP ONE: PREP THE LEAF

Once you’ve found the perfect leaf (we found your basic ivy to be a great size and thickness), store it between two sheets of wax paper near the bottom of a big stack of heavy books. This will keep your leaf from drying out all crinkly, rendering it useless for this project.

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STEP ONE: PREP THE LEAF
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STEP TWO: OUTLINE YOUR SUBJECT

Grab your profile photo and use a pen to draw a line around the figure you intend to cut out. This allows you to make important decisions about which fly-away hairs to include, or not, before you get to the tricky business of cutting…

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STEP TWO: OUTLINE YOUR SUBJECT
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STEP THREE: CUTTING OUT YOUR STENCIL

Use an x-acto knife to cut out your subject, carefully following the line you just drew. Word on the street is that some folks prefer to use the x-acto knife’s double-bladed cousin, Scissors, for this step. Just use what you’re most comfortable with.

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STEP THREE: CUTTING OUT YOUR STENCIL
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STEP FOUR: TRACE ONTO THE LEAF

Place your photo-stencil face down on the back of the leaf. Be sure to center the stem through the middle of your stencil. Take up your pen again, and trace around the stencil.

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STEP FOUR: TRACE ONTO THE LEAF
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STEP FIVE: CUT IT OUT

This is going to feel a lot like step three… Use an x-acto knife to cut out your subject, carefully following the line you just drew.

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STEP FIVE: CUT IT OUT
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STEP SIX: PRESS THE LEAF

Return your lovely leaf shilouette portrait to its place between wax paper at the bottom of a stack of books. When it has finished drying out, it will be nice and flat. Leafy silhouette portrait accomplished!

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STEP SIX: PRESS THE LEAF
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HERE IT IS:

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HERE IT IS:
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Some examples

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Some examples
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Some examples

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Some examples
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Some examples

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Some examples
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