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 GrandinRoad.

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

20″ by 20″ – on stretched canvas, for $194 EACH?!

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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 beat this.

Create custom canvas art - dog silhouette

I had photos of Lacey printed at 16″ x 20″ size at Staples (request 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.

Create custom canvas art - dog silhouette

I tried adhering it 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.

I used an inexpensive foam roller to lightly coat over the paper.

Create custom canvas art - dog silhouette

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.

Create custom canvas art - dog silhouette
Lacey’s standing at an angle so her front legs look awkward – but if you imagine that her left shoulder is in front of her right leg – it makes more sense.

Touch up the rough spots.

Add a second coat of the pink. (I snuck in a bit of glitter)

And VOILA!

Create custom canvas art - dog silhouette
Create custom canvas art - dog silhouette


Pretty cute for about $10 each eh?

You don’t have to limit yourself to dogs either.  Amazing Amy made a couple of smaller canvasses for her kitchen.

This image is upside down because we were working on opposite sides of the counter.

Create custom canvas art - dog silhouette

But here’s the finished product:

 


Isn’t that blue gorgeous?!

I just saved you $183!







Have a great one!

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