You may have noticed a few weeks ago a post I did for creating an LSU Corn Hole game toss. One of the fun parts of this project was using the Silhouette and the Designer Edition Software to cut the letters perfectly, and to paint an intricate Tiger eye on the board. Today I am going to help you begin painting like an artist with the Silhouette. Literally, using the Silhouette to make yourself an artist is easy! Without these steps I am about to share with you, I would have never been able to recreate this piece.
Painting Like an Artist with the Silhouette
The first thing I did was find the perfect Tiger eye for the boards. I chose one that I found on the internet.
As you can see, there are several colors and they are all shapes and sizes. I am NOT an artist by any means, so free hand painting this was out of the question. I needed a simpler solution, and one that would make things easy on me. Enter in me using my favorite crafting tool, the Silhouette.
After finding the perfect LSU Tiger eye, I then transferred this over into the Silhouette program. (You need the Designer Edition software in order to transfer this is and make it a print and cut image.)
Once I loaded the eye into the Silhouette software, I then used the Trace option so that I was able to Trace all of the lines in the Tiger eye. This was important, because when I printed this out on vinyl, I needed everything cut separately.
As you can see in the screenshot above, there are redlines that are around every color. This is exactly what I wanted. The screenshot above is a little deceiving, I did not use a 12 x 12 cutting mat for this, I just made this larger so you can see the lines. I sized this down smaller, adjusted my rollers, and cut this directly on regular Silhouette vinyl.
Once I had my eye cut out, I then used transfer paper to place it on the corn hole board exactly where I wanted it.
The next steps were easy, and made me feel like I was back in 1st grade with paint by numbers, because that is literally what I did. I kept my computer open to the exact image, and I used my Silhouette weeding tool to pull up all of the pieces that were to be painted yellow. Once I had all of the vinyl pulled that needed to be painted yellow, I then began the process of painting.
I allowed the paint to dry for about 30 minutes each time before I went over and repeated the process of pulling the vinyl and painting a color. I will tell you that it does get tricky when you start pulling up more vinyl. Eventually you will need to use a smaller paint brush so you can get close to your lines and not bleed into the other colors. Just take your time and you will be very happy with your results!
I hope you aren’t too surprised at how easy this was to do! It’s amazing the things you can do with the Silhouette. If you have been waiting for the right time to buy, now is that time! Silhouette is offering an amazing bundle of products when you purchase their Silhouette machines at a discounted price. But you have to hurry, these savings and product bundles are only good until Oct. 24th! Remember to SAVE with promo code PINK, click here!
I will be back tomorrow sharing more fun crafty things, but until then, I hope you enjoyed painting like an artist with the Silhouette!
The Dose of Reality says
So cool!! I’m not a good painter at all, but even I can do something that is like paint-by-numbers!! It’s adorable!! –Lisa
Thanks Lisa! It sure does make life easier when trying to do something like this!
How cool is this! I am artistically challenged, but I think I could probably do this!
I am SUPER challenged when it comes to painting artistically, but this made it so much easier.
I could have really used this when we tried to make all gazillion of Scarlet’s Alice in Wonderland party decorations!
Oh, and..go LSU!
The more intricate, the more I want to use this to make my life a little bit easier… Geaux Tigers!
JDaniel4's Mom says
What a great tool! I am not much of an artist. This would help.
Gosh I know, I LOVE the versatility.