Silhouettes done from photos by Silhouettes by Cindi If you have admired silhouettes hanging on walls, and want to make one yourself, here is a simple tutorial from silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose. Take a very good photo of your loved one, right-facing is best. Make sure the lips are natural and the top of head, bodice, back-of-head are in the photo. You can send this to a silhouette artist listed on the website. Don't pick the most reasonable, pick the one whose work you like best! Or, you can purchase real silhouette paper from a teacher's supply on-line store, and glue the photo to the paper. Next, carefully cut it out with good, sharp scissors, such as barber scissors, or embroidery scissors. The smaller the size, the more valuable, the silhouette is, not the opposite. Miniature cut profiles in black is a French/English art. You should stay true to the classic heirloom, and keep your artistry in a vintage look. At Disneyland and Disney World where I used to work, the silhouettes are mounted on 5 x 7 cards, suitable for 5 x 7 frames. This is traditional. The large ones are not authentic, as they are traced from a shadow on the wall, and are normally distorted-- just like your shadow is. School teachers often do that since silhouette artists are rare, and it is a lost art. The more "interior" cut-outs the better your silhouette. The premier silhouette artists do many lovely cut arts in their works. Have fun on the internet to find the authentic silhouette artists who do it "by hand", not a computer, and then, render your own. Look for key words in your search, such as paper portraits, and theme parks. The artists who were hired at former theme parks, normally are the best. They can do groupings and the inside cut-outs, and have more experience. The prices of silhouettes done by mail by real silhouette artists vary from $20 to $100 per silhouette. Some include three silhouettes, one for each grandparent and one for you. Others sell the lovely acid-free mats for $5 to $15, and sell picture Frames for $18 to $60. Make sure you are not getting a frame you could buy at Hobby Lobby for $7 and paying $18, as some silhouette artists are offering, do your own research! The best picture frames are made of solid wood and are in traditional black with a rim of gold-leaf around the center of the frame. Have a super silhouette day, and make lovely holiday, Valentine's, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or wedding gifts! Love, Cindi Harwood Rose silhouette artist at silhouettesbycindi.com
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
How to Make Silhouette Art Invitations and Holiday Cards
These invitations by America's premier silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose's artworks are so cute and creative. You can also make unique, personal wedding or birthday silhouette invitations, with hand-cut silhouette artworks.
If you do not know of a good silhouette artist, or have not visited Disneyland or Disney World where Cindi Harwood Rose cut silhouettes, you may find her in New York City, Dallas, Houston, Denver, San Antonio, Austin, or
a popular city where she may be booked at your favorite children's store or school fund-raiser. In fact, Silhouette Artist Cindi Harwood Rose loves traveling for schools and museums and donating a percentage
of sales for them to benefit. You can save the artwork and use it for your holiday card, birthday card, or wedding invitation.
You can contact her at SilhouettesbyCindi.com to order a hand-cut silhouette, which is done from real silhouette paper, and natural talent. You can also try to do one yourself, by taking a profile photo, and
using your computer to blacken the insides. Real silhouette artists, such as John Miers, Augustine Edouart, Cindi Rose and Kara Walker, create the artwork from their own talents, not from photos. The art predates the camera. Cindi
Just looks at a subject and in a minute with many snips, she creates a profile that is amazingly accurate, detailed, and life-like. She is available to perform her entertaining art at events throughout the
United States and Canada. For more information contact CindiSilhouettes@gmail.com
Monday, November 24, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
How to cut Silhouettes by a real silhouette artist!
By Cindi Harwood Rose, freehand silhouette arts
A real silhouette artist is a fine artist and not a craftsman. They can draw and paint portraits, front view and sideways. This art form predates the camera, and began around the time scissors were invented. Some of the best artists of the day learned to actually draw with scissors. This is a difficult art to master, as you have to learn to draw with the interior of a sharp scissors. However, ways of "cheating" were also invented. Many people can live a full life and never meet an authentic silhouettest (one who merely takes scissors and their own talent, and directly cuts an accurate profile, in minutes). Good news! Here are ways to make a silhouette, it won't be as good as the real thing, but it will be a treasure, no matter what. You can always get "the real thing" when one has the joy of a professional silhouette artist coming to your city, school fundraiser, favorite children's store, wedding, or boutique.
1. Take a profile photo of someone, with top of head, back of head, no smile, and bodice. Right view is always the best, unless you are left-handed.
2. Get black paper, the darker the better, or buy silhouette paper from a school supply store.
3. Tape the picture to the black paper or authentic silhouette paper.
4. Cut out the shape from the photo!
5. Admire, share, use for greeting cards or frame.
6. If you don't like what you did, look on-line for a real silhouette artist (look for people who don't use a Photoshop or computer art) and order one on-line!
7. You can also try putting black paper on the wall, and casting a shadow and cutting that out.
8. You can reduce this to 4 x 5 or 3 x 4 to get the desired authentic size prized by historians.
9. Look at SilhouettesbyCindi.com for heirloom freehand cut silhouettes, or any other former Disneyland or Disneyworld silhouette artist!
10. Enjoy these shared silhouettes done in New York, Denver, Houston, Brooklyn, Austin, Aspen, Dallas, England, and Los Angeles by CindiSilhouettes@gmail.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Cameo heirloom silhouettes were cut by internationally known silhouette artist, Cindi Harwood Rose, at the ultra- fashionable MAC 5th Avenue boutique, in New York City. This event was to showcase the best make-up with top silhouette artists of heirloom black cameos. Rose amazed MAC make-up artists, and fashionistas with her on-sight profile artworks by hand, and just with surgical scissors and her precise talent. Harwood-Rose is booked to be back at the trendy Soho MAC beauty shop, and the theatrical Times' Square location, first week in November.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Silhouette Artist Cindi carves heirlooms for MAC NYC.
Noted pop art silhouettest Cindi Rose will cut her heirloom mix of silhouettes for MAC all over New York City.
Thursday and Friday she will do her hand-cut silhouette profiles at MAC Fifth Avenue, putting your best face forward.
Then, November 6-9 the former New York silhouette artist, Cindi, will draw remarkable freehand profiles with her surgical scissors in minutes
of MAC fashion lovers in Soho and Times Square. SilhouettesbyCindi.com SilhouettesbyCindi@gmail.com
Monday, June 23, 2014
CEO of HollyRoseRibbonFoundation.org improves cancer children's lives with arts in medicine program at Texas Children's Hospital
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Museum of Fine Arts Silhouettes Cindi Rose
Imagine an international venue, a world- renown art museum, a seated dinner catered by chef Jackson Hicks, prize winning opera singers, the global oil and gas energy convention, and VIP ambassadors, dignitaries, each receiving a hand-cut heirloom Silhouette by master Cindi Harwood Rose. This was the winning formula for a recent gathering. Only 30 exclusive guests were invited to tour the Museum of Fine Arts with docents, enjoy music from Houston Grand Opera, and have a custom profile portrait carved on the spot and signed, by Cindi Harwood Rose, renown silhouette artist. The guests came from Nigeria and prayers were said before dinner, to help the children of Nigeria.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
America's top silhouette artists silhouette sisters "Snip-Off" with Europe's top silhouettest, join Indiegogo campaign!
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Premier silhouette King and Queens-- to royal competition in America's fastest growing city-- Houston, Texas-- medical and energy capital of the globe-- to conquer
On important silhouette documentary "Silhouette Secrets" produced for British Film Festivals, touted by BBC. Please watch and contribute to this historical, informative Documentary.
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Saturday, February 8, 2014
Silhouette Cindi Wonderland Pop Artist Gallery Show
We are all madly in love with Cindi Harwood Rose's simple but brilliant depictions of Alice In Wonderland with her new twist on the old Victorian theme of silhouette profiles.
She has a series of her favorite hand-cuttings playfully portrayed of popular story characters such as Peter Pan and the Lost Children, Medusa, Spider Man, Hansel and Gretel, and more. Cartoons actually
began with silhouette cut-outs by Lotte Reininger, who Walt Disney later embellished her original works into a theme park, we all know of as Disneyland in Las Angeles, Disneyworld in Orlando, Disneyland in Tokyo and Europe. To understand the complexity of this art and how it is relevant to cinema, pop fiction, and art nerds, view Lotte Reininger 's work on YouTube. Cindi Harwood began
drawing portraits when she was 5, and by 8 she got her first commission for $1. Today, she carves her work for various companies for logos, business conventions and conferences, techies,
and special events. "I actually don't mind even cutting silhouettes at weddings of the guests" Cindi said. She sees it as a gift, and does not have to be in a museum or art gallery, although
her large works have graced many museums and galleries. Keep your eye out for her upcoming art shows, on contact her through silhouettesbycindi.com
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
For the real vow WOW, have a real silhouette artist hand-cut profiles of your guests! It will not only entertain them, it makes a super keepsake. To really be kind, you can order picture frames for extra gifts for the wedding party, or all the guests. National wedding magazines go for the home-made touches, and with this unique idea you can have scrapbook pages for the guests to sign with their silhouettes on them for you to keep. That way, you get a gift, they get a gift. We know the biggest gift at a wedding should be your love for your partner and the family and friends gathered to share in your special day of love, honor, and forever after! Check out Silhouettesbycindi.com for more ideas.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
OMG, is this the most incredible way of displaying a gifted silhouette artist's works-- a rock wall of silhouettes by artist Cindi Rose!
I always love to see them cozy on chair backs, but with fresh flowers and pearls and newlyweds kissing after the "Forever Vows". This reminds me of the ABC show, The Bachelor", and yes,
silhouette artist Cindi Rose is the mother of ABC's famous Bachelor and Bachelor Pad star, Erica Rose! White roses, pearls, silhouettes-- great wedding décor silhouettes and the artist Cindi at the wedding
profiling the guests! I do! I will forever adore this wedding theme. For more information check out silhouettesbycindi.com and her wedding video supreme on YouTube.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Glamour, antique, memories, and old-fashioned glamour adds to these exquisite wedding shoot of silhouette artist
Cindi Rose's delicate original hand-cut works. Heirloom treasures were selected with real linens while the love couple sailed with Cindi's
Silhouettes and thank-you notes for their going away wishes. Even the flower girl was kept entertained with a silhouette
Artist at a wedding! A Waterford champagne bucket kept the hollow cuts for a bridal art project to do after the wedding
Vows, honeymoon, and new married life!
Many people rejoice in the cutting of the charming European and American silhouettists and profilists who once called their work Shades. Some cut by mechanical means such as William Bache who began in Worcestershire, England and then came to Philadelphia in 1782. In many aspects the machine, was a form of "cheating" for the non-portrait artist, since even in the 1700's, it was rare to find a real silhouette artist, who merely gazed upon a subject and hand-cut the profile-- without having to use a light, machine, or shadow. In these detailed photos, veteran silhouette artist, Cindi Rose cuts with antiques around her for a wedding shoot. Today, as yesterday, this difficult art to master, is often copycatted by artificial means-- the Photoshop, a wall tracing, a camera cut-put. These methods reduce the subject to a minimal, blocking their light, making them less than who they are. The accurate master of the lost art, will make unique detail cut-outs, often even, draw more details on the special silhouette paper and sign and not stamp their works.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Children's silhouettes by Cindi makes cute decorations for national child and foster care conference. Cindi was on-hand to cut silhouettes of case workers, foster parents and children, as well as add hand-cut silhouettes on each dessert and centerpiece.
Father/son silhouette by artist Cindi Rose, makes great wedding favors!