Embellished Silhouettes


Traditional cut-out silhouettes with fine painted embellishments
Created by Charles Burns

Freehand scissor-cut silhouettes with added highlights in white or gold

Sitting for your silhouette

We will need to schedule a live sitting over Zoom.

During the sitting, Charles will cut your silhouette and make notes about highlighting.

The result will a traditional cut-out silhouette which will look at home amongst a collection of antique silhouettes.

Please read our commissioning notes below

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Cut-out embellished silhouettes with traditional white and gold-highlights

Commissioning embellished silhouettes

You do not need to visit our studio.

You’ll find posing for a silhouette portrait online an enjoyable process! This will be arranged for you via a Zoom link.

Finishing the silhouette takes time, and your involvement in the process will be crucial to a successful commission. We make this really easy for you with our five-stage commissioning process.

Silhouette of a woman facing right

@silhouettist five-stage commissioning process

This is the process we will follow to make your portraits. Please read and be prepared to take part.

  1. You place an order, optionally attaching some reference photos after you check out
  2. We invite you to choose a date and time for a virtual portrait sitting
    • if no suitable studio day is coming up, we’ll schedule a bespoke sitting for you (dependant on Charles’ availability)
    • you can ask Charles to work from photographs only, but please read the relevant terms and conditions first
  3. Once we agree a date and time for a sitting, you will meet Charles and pose for him at a Zoom meeting
    • during the sitting Charles will cut your silhouette, make some sketches for highlights, and take a screen shot of the pose
  4. After the sitting he’ll finish your silhouettes. He’ll then send a proof photo by email for your comment or approval
    • Charles will make any necessary alterations before sending a second (usually final) proof for approval
  5. Once you’re pleased with the result, Charles will mount the silhouette on a suitable card. He’ll then sign and deliver it to you, together with a stamped certificate of authenticity
    • we include tracked worldwide delivery in the fee

The whole process may take time, dependant on Charles’ schedule and your own participation. If you need these silhouettes for a particular date (eg: an anniversary or birthday) please let us know when you place the order.


Weight 20 g
Dimensions 180 × 125 × 1 mm

Gouache on scissor-cut black paper


90gsm acid-free black paper


300 gsm laid card

Card colour



This portrait is supplied unframed
By default it will fit a standard 7"x 5" photo frame, either oval or rectangular


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