Friday, December 21, 2012

Silhouettes on the Wall

Recently I decided to hang up this darling antique silhouette of children watching a puppet show. I remember it on the wall when I was growing up. The figures are faded now and curling slightly off background paper, but it is delightful nonetheless.
 Called Scherenschnitte in German, which means "scissor cuts," silhouettes are featureless images in solid shapes, cut from paper, usually black, and are placed on a lighter background for contrast.

 They used to be called cutting portraits and require quite a steady hand, as well as a love for the intricate. 

Traditionally they were black on white, but may be done in any contrasting colors.

 Silhouettes are also done in various mediums, like this crosstitch stocking.

It is difficult to find authentic handmade portraits to purchase. Most modern ones are done digitally, or are rubber stamps. 

 Here is a modern one that is authentic and rather magical.


Pauline Chartier said...

Thanks so much for including my paper cut Christmas Village in your delightful blog! I love the silhouette form and am so glad that others share my passion.

Polly @

Jessamy Vining said...

Thank you for including my hand cut Christmas Tree silhouette. Cutting silhouettes has been a part of my life for many years!

Jess @