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.

And VOILA!

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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!