There have been some requests for instructions on how I made my horse silhouettes, so I thought I would get this tutorial up first.
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They came together pretty easy. I first saw a picture of this art here. I believe it is originally Pottery Barn. I debated doing other shapes for my silhouette but then decided since my husband and I met on a dude ranch, the horses would actually be quite fitting.
First thing first. I measured the wall sections where I wanted the horses to go. Then I sent the hubs out to the garage to plank some wood for me to the size I wanted.
I wanted the wood to look like it was varying shades and different pieces of wood so I taped up sections of all different widths.
Then I scrounged through my husbands stain drawer, and started wiping on stain. Once the strips of varying stains were dry, I ran some walnut stain over the whole thing.
While all that dried, I pulled out my electronic cutter - the Silhouette SD. This was a bit tricky because my cutter would certainly not cut the horse the size I needed it. So I cut it out in bits and pieces and taped it all together. I used cardstock for my paper.
Then, I soaked the back of my horse with spay adhesive. It is important to get every square inch really good. You don't want the paint to sneak under your paper.
After I made sure the horse was stuck to the wood good enough, I took a can of white glossy spray paint and painted the whole thing.
I was too impatient to wait for it to dry - so I peeled the horse right off.
Once it was dry, I took a sander to the whole thing, scuffing to my pleasure.
It really turned out better than I had hoped.
So while I went to do the second horse, I had always intended to do the same method, so my silhouette was already cut out. However, when I stuck the paper horse on I realized how much I would like it if the staining and painting was reversed for the second piece.
So at that point, I took a pencil and traced the horse shape onto the stained wood. Then I carefully hand painted the horse on in white, and sanded after so more wood grain would show through the stain. This method definitely took longer.
Had I known I was doing this beforehand, I imagine I would have kept the outer part of the silhouette that I cut out, and then spray painted like I did the first one.
Does this make any sense?