Watercolor Silhouette
Beginner | 15 min 55 sec
This project appeals to a range of personalities, since you can be loose with creating the watercolor effect and then add structure with a crisp silhouette. Christine shows you different watercolor techniques to build texture and dimension, from layered washes to dry brushing and splattering. The result is a fresh update on the classically Victorian way to capture the likeness of someone you adore.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 11x15" watercolor paper (Christine uses 90lb student grade cold-press paper)
  • tracing paper
  • pencil
  • photo of your loved one
  • alphabet template (included in PDF)
  • cutting mat
  • x-acto knife
  • paper towel
  • water
  • assorted brushes and pallet knife
  • watercolor paint
  • gouache
  • and/or acrylic paints
Learn how to:
  • Use watercolor techniques
  • Create crisp silhouettes
What you’ll get:
  • An easy-to-follow lesson on how to make watercolor silhouettes
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Downloadable PDF pattern included
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Christine Schmidt
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
580 users recommended this class to a friend
Going to make silhouettes of my boyfriend’s grandchildren and give him them as a present.
January 7, 2023
pat Palus
Interesting ideas on how to use watercolors and how to obtain sillouette with tracing paper and the graphite from the pencil.
December 25, 2022
Susan Weber
There isn’t much to this class. We did silhouettes in Grade school. I’m sure there might be someone out there that has never done this, but not too many.
More than 3 months ago