Check out how one Artograph customer used a LightPad A940 to make her Christmas gifts that can also be family heirlooms.
“I have a hard time buying for my family every Christmas because it seems everyone has enough stuff. I always like to include something artistic and sentimental in my gifts to emphasize the importance of relationships at Christmas rather than material items. Also, a holiday project is a good way to keep my artistic skills in practice.
This fall I was at an antique store with a collection of 19th century early American style silhouettes that inspired a project using my Lightpad A940. I wanted to make silhouettes of the children in my family for their parents and grandparents. I took photos of my niece and nephews profiles.
I bought picture frames with mattes included. Each frame had enough slots for each child in the family. For my parents I bought one for all three grandchildren. I went to a local art store and bought fade resistant black paper and selected vintage inspired patterned paper for the background. I wanted the project to have a vintage feel with a retro edge. Fade resistant black paper was not expensive, but important as I want these to stay up on the walls as the children get bigger.”
I printed the photos on my regular printer, but I sized the photos to fit the mattes in my varied frames. I outlined the profile first on to heavier white paper using the light pad to make a stencil. I then traced the stencil on to the black paper. I cut the decorative paper to fit the frame.”
My family was very pleased. Also, the kids were quite proud of their portraits. I was asked my brother’s mother in law to make her a set.