step 1: take a profile picture of the image you want to use for your silhouette. the subject should be the primary focus in the frame.
step 2: print the photo out. i printed these in a 5x7 size on regular cardstock. there is no need to use photo paper or to even have a great quality printout (as you can see, the ink was running out which was no problem at all!). next, cut the photo out very carefully so that you have only the profile left.
step 3: paint over the photo with black acrylic paint. usually only one coat is needed. it dries very quickly.
step 4: arrange your silhouette however you would like to display it and voila! you're done! it was that easy!
here is another example of a silhouette i did of my son at 9 months old:
this was the best profile shot i could get of him and it ended up turning out just fine. i had to do some extra trimming of his neck and chest but it worked.