Silhouette (profile) portraiture was the popular way to recreate an image of oneself or loved ones before the invention and common use of photography in the mid 1800’s. During the years of 1500 and 1860, professional and amateur artists would either paint or cut profiles – using paints or scissors.
Silhouettes are known for their crisp, dramatic look. They make the viewers brain fill-in what details are missing. Done correctly, a silhouette can give an entire image, less all the details.
Marbling- Paper marbling is a method of surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric.
For this project we will create a marbled paper silhouette. The silhouette will be based on a story (book, movie, etc.). You will need to take time to decide what story you would like to use before we marble the paper. You want to plan the design in your sketchbook so you will know what colors you should use when we marble. A good way to get ideas is to google search the name of the story and add silhouette (ex: Alice in Wonderland silhouette).