It seems about a dozen times a day I have a thought about something I’d like to achieve or would like for someone in the family to achieve. Then, inevitably, a kid wakes up or falls down and the thought is lost until it pops fleetingly into my head once again a few days later. This cycle goes on and on and nothing much seems to actually get accomplished.
It’s because of this that I’ve been wanting to create some sore of family goals system for quite a while now. On Friday, I finally sat down and devoted a little time to making it happen. So today I present you with my Pop Art Family Goal Boards.
My new system consists of nothing more than brightly hued silhouettes behind glass and a few dry-erase markers kept in a pretty bowl. It’s an easy way to keep me on task with things like signing to the baby and enrolling the toddler in summertime activities.
The best part about “the system” is that it doubles as a cheerful focal point for the room. I had originally intended to install the pictures as a grid in our office but I liked the final product so much that I ended up mounting them in the living room instead. I’m even considering making one for our dog Max since there’s room in the new local.
Not crazy about the idea of announcing to your house guests that you’re still trying to loose 10 post-baby pounds? Not to worry, you can always erase your goals when entertaining (they can live on a post-it note for a few hours instead of on your wall).
Ready to make some for your home? Read on for the step-by-step.
Let me just start by saying that there are lots of great ways to make a silhouette and this is just my wonky way of going about it. The first part does require Photoshop or Photoshop Elements so if you don’t have that software, then you should check out this post on another method. So here we go…
Start by getting a good profile shot of each member of the family. Then open each photo in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Go to the “Filter” tab at the top of the screen and under “Sketch” select “Photocopy”. This will turn your photo into an image like the one above. I maxed out the values for both “Detail” and “Darkness” in the right hand tab but you might want to play with it to see what works best for your photo.
The next step is to make the image your desired size. I used these square IKEA frames for my project so I resized my images to 19″ x 19″. Do this by selecting the “Image” tab at the top of the screen and selecting “Resize image” under the “Resize” option.
If you’re going with a print size larger than 8.5″ x 11″ (which I recommend because it provides more writing space and also just makes a bigger focal impact), then you’ll need to crop the image into a few separate pieces to print. For my silhouettes, I cropped each image into 6 smaller pieces.
Print each of the cropped sections and then tape them together to create the larger image.
At this point it may be a good idea to use a crayon or marker to trace the silhouette. This will help you visualize what the finished product will look like before cutting (which is especially helpful around the hair area).
Now cut out your image and trace around it onto a piece of white paper that will fit into your chosen frame. I had some white poster board on hand so I simply traced the frame onto the poster board and cut out a 19 1/2″ x 19 1/2″ square. Also, it’s a little easier to cut out the image if you print it onto card stock instead of plain printer paper (but either will do in a pinch).
Now comes the fun part – painting with watercolors. I haven’t used these since I was a little girl and I was excited to try out the grown up/art supply version.
I really know nothing about how to properly paint with watercolors. I simply experimented by mixing with different amounts of water and several paint brush styles.
Once you’re a little more comfortable with the medium it’s time to apply brush to paper and have at it.
Repeat these steps for each member of the family. Once the paint is dry, all that’s left is to put your masterpieces behind glass and mount them on the wall. And don’t forget to keep some dry-erase markers and an eraser nearby.
P.S. Looking for more ways to simplify and connect with your family?
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