Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Puppy Silhouette Portrait

Hey guys! I'm back! Do you ever have one of those weeks months where you wish there were more hours in the day? That is my life right now. I'm not complaining, I love being busy but I could definitely use a break. 

On that note, I've been on a major hang-up-art-on-the-wall kick. Creating new pieces to hang as well as acquiring a few more. It's not like we've had bare walls for the past year, but I guess my Goodwill frame addiction started growing a little too big to not hang anything else on the walls. 

Today I want to share with you how to make your very own silhouette portrait! I made it of my sweet puppy Buster (uh, crazy dog lady alert!), but you could make it of your kids, cat, rabbit, anything. It's super easy!

What You'll Need:

1. Photo - Choose your favorite photo and print it out to the size you want (ignore my crappy printer ink... luckily the print out doesn't have to be perfect). I have always loved this photo of Buster I took with my iPhone. It seemed like the perfect fit for a little profile picture.

2. Canvas - I found this five pack of canvases at Michael's that are flat so you can put them in a frame. I didn't even know these existed until I found them! I love it because you can actually put your art in a frame to class it up a bit. Sometimes I like regular canvases, but sometimes I like it a little classier!

3. Paintbrushes.

4. Paint color - I chose Navy (my favorite color as of late).

5. Frame.

What to do:

1. Cut out your picture and trace around the cutout onto the canvas.

2. Get your paint ready and start coloring painting between the lines. Who said those kindergarten skills wouldn't pay off someday? I did about three coats of navy to get a nice even finish. Coat one...

3. Frame it up! You could even paint the background a bright contrasting color (like aqua or yellow) or do stripes too. 

My Buster silhouette ended up in an IKEA frame I've had for a while and now sits next to our mantel.

What do you think? What would you paint as a silhouette if you could? Come on, admit it... are you a crazy dog lady like me? :)

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