How to paint a deer silhouette….

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I am totally proud of my state! The great state of Illinois is the Land of Lincoln,corn,construction and cows!

It’s also the land to the White-tailed Deer! As an homage to the  state animal that almost took me and hubby out last summer on the way back from a wedding last year(It not only took off our side mirror,but scratched our windshield with it’s hooves, and scared the pee out of both of us.);I thought an easy deer silhouette was the perfect project.  And it’s perfect for fall and winter decor!

Just like painting your own pumpkin!

how to paint a deer silhouette step by step instructionsIt’s easier than you think. I actually had a few vintage Illinois maps of rural areas from the 1870’s that I used as  background.I copied them so I didn’t have to use the original.You never know when I am going to need another copy of Western Mound, IL.

You’ll need

a canvas or piece of wood. I just used a culled piece from another project. It measures about 11 x 13 inches

-matte decoupage medium

-a background  piece like scrapbook paper or a vintage map(I have the printable for you at the end)

-Your silhouette(printable at the end.)

-2 brushes, a thin one for lining and a fatter one for filling

-acrylic paint of color choice

-distress ink

decoupage vintage map onto woodStart by decoupaging your background onto your canvas or wood piece.Here’s a decoupage tutorial here

deer image for silhouette makingOnce your wood is decoupaged, and dried, you can transfer your deer image. I have the actual silhouette for you at the bottom so you don’t have to do all that searching.

I traced around it so the image was more clearly defined when I  transfer it.

pencil transfer methodI didn’t have any transfer paper so I used the good old rub the back of the paper with a pencil technique.

trace and transferPosition it where you want it on your background, and press firmly to transfer the pencil to the decoupaged surface.

DSC_0041Once it’s transferred, you can start painting in the outline with your acrylic paint.

paint in your silhouette with acrylic paintI used a wider brush to fill in the body.

DSC_0046Then I took the distress ink and darkened the edges of the board .

DSC_0070I had this cute, little deer in my craft room that I thought it looked perfect  next to the art piece.

I think it’s a great silhouette because I can keep it up all through the new year!

DSC_0075Here are the printables below if you want to do the project yourself.

Just right click and copy.

DSC_0029Just enlarge the deer print to the size you want.

DSC_0057Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    May says

    Thank you for the great tutorial!
    Its in the nick of time as I prepare to use an old road map to cover the old back of a vintage metal cabinet room divider.

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    I’m from Illinois too! :) And I love you deer silhouette art. I agree, perfect representation of the state. I just did a silhouette art project myself, so I was extra excited to see yours 😉

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    I’m from Illinois too but don’t know much about it other than Lincoln and the roller coaster politics! Thanks for the info and the great project Jennifer!

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    Gloria Lewis says

    IL!! WOOT WOOT!!! This is such a awesome project! I love it!! I may have to try it myself.. thanks so much for sharing now on to Wisconsin.. we have a love hate relationship LOL!!! Go Bears!

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    Michelle T says

    I love this tutorial – easy peasy! The deer image will look cute at our lake house, and gives me ideas for other silhouettes. Thanks for sharing!