Dogs on Canvas

I go crazy with magazines.

I love to see all the ideas they have, rip them out, and then save them to see if later I can come up with a knock-off version.

This is one of those knock-offs (from Grandin Road so you know that means expensive.)

They are selling these cute French Bulldog paintings for $194 US EACH.

20″ by 20″ – on stretched canvas, for $194 EACH?!  That’s more than most of us pay for our real dog.

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Well, I have a cute dog…

I have lots of paint

Canvas was on sale at Michael’s – 5 pieces (16″ x 20″) for $24.99

I think I can recreate this cute dog art, for less money and with a dog that is closer to my heart.

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I had photos of Lacey printed at 16″ x 20″ size at Staples (ask for a blueprint in the special instructions section and give your measurements).

Each one cost $0.81.

I carefully cut out the photos – trying to capture little hairs etc as best I could.

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I tried adhering the cut image to the canvas with spray adhesive, but the canvas – at this size – was pretty flexible so it didn’t stick very well.

I flipped the photo over so that when painting over it, the printer ink didn’t bleed into the paint as I was rolling back and forth over it.
I used an inexpensive foam roller to lightly coat my background colour over the paper.

I kept my printed silhouette in place and once the first coat of paint was dry, I applied a second to get a nice depth of colour.  After the second coat I removed the paper silhouette…

look at my beautiful Lacey!  This dog art is WAY better than Grandin Road’s!

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There were a few areas where the pink smudged a bit, but I was planning on painting it over with a warmer white anyways – so it was no biggie.  Touch up the rough spots with a bit of white and I snuck in a bitter of glitter.


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The glitter just adds that little “bling” to my dog art when the sun catches it.

Pretty cute dogs on canvas that came in at about $10 each eh?

You don’t have to limit yourself to dogs either.  Take a profile shot of your kids, or inanimate objects like cups and saucers, kitchen utensils etc.  Your dog art might end up being an enlarged set of knife, fork, spoon.

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I have our dogs on canvas (aka Miss Lacey art) hanging in the girls’ bathroom as a nice pop of colour against the pale grey walls (Balboa Mist from BM)

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Isn’t that blue gorgeous?!
I just saved you $183!

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Have a great one!

2018-03-09T13:22:56-05:00February 21st, 2014|CRAFTS, DECOR|6 Comments


  1. Jeannie Clarke February 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Oh, Shelly, how very clever. I’ve looked at those GrandinRoad prints numerous times. I have a Frenchie and thought they were so cute – but no way am I paying that much for a Frenchie silhouette no matter how much I love my little girl! The nicest thing about doing your own is you can make them any color you want. I’m going to give this a try. Thanks!!!

    • Shelly February 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      I’m so pleased that you’re pleased! I loved the canvasses as well – but given that I made mine in about an hour and spent about $10 each – the mark-up on theirs was INSANE!
      Send photos – I’d love to see your finished product!

      Thanks for checking ou the blog – pssssst – pass it on!

  2. Anonymous February 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Shelly, this is so cute. You could turn this into a business and make them for people! Seriously!

    ~ Jane

  3. Paula Schuck February 24, 2014 at 3:06 am - Reply

    I am a mompreneur and I love this. It sure saved money. You are super clever and I just found this blog strangely when I spied you on Facebook. I’d love to win the ticket. Paula Schuck. I blog sometimes – I tweet often @inkscrblr and once in awhile I loves me some Facebook. But tonight I just want to pin. (Because I am supposed to be invoicing and that is so dull.)

  4. Anonymous February 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Btw, I love the little individual hairs and fluff. That is what makes it seem so real!

    What kind of dog is Lacey? ~ Jane

    • Shelly February 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      She’s a Bernese Mountain dog – but she’s only 6 months old right now, so she’s at about half size and half her full coat length. The breed also tends to have curls on their back, so it was fun to try to capture while she’s still a pup. Thanks again for all the kind words and support on the blog!

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