dog silhouette art - tutorial

Friday, May 11, 2012

You guys have been asking for a tutorial on the dog art I made for Izzy's room.

Well, I FINALLY got my rear in gear and got it put together for you!

What you'll need:
  • wood panel (I used a precut 16x36 piece found at my local home improvement store)
  • primer (not a must)
  • paint for background
  • paint for silhouette
  • sand paper
  • stain
  • computer with printer and paper
  • chalk
  • pencil
  • tape
Here we go!

STEP ONE: Prime your piece of wood. This is optional. I did it because I wanted to see some of the darker gray primer show through when I distressed it.
STEP TWO: Paint on your background color and let dry.

STEP THREE: Using your computer, print out the image you want.  I used Microsoft Publisher and created a custom sized page design to match the size of my pieces of wood (16"x36"). I changed the image to print out in a light grayscale so I didn't waste a bunch of ink.  Line up and tape together your sheets of paper.

STEP FOUR: Flip the paper over and rub the entire backside with chalk.

STEP FIVE: Position the paper on the piece of wood and trace around the image with a pencil.  Remove the paper and you will have a chalk outline of your image.

STEP SIX: Use a small paint brush to trace and fill in the image. Let dry

STEP SEVEN: If you'd like, distress the edges and lightly sand over the front of the entire piece. To give it a little more of an aged look you can dip a paper towel into some stain and rub it over the front and edges and let dry. 

That's it, you're done!

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  1. I so totally LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I'm a bit confused on step 3. I'll read again after another cup of coffee and if I'm still slow I'll send you an email-ha!

  2. This. is. AWESOME!!! cool! And I love Izzy's room! So soft and feminine...just gorgeous!

  3. Oh my, thank you so much for posting this. I have been wanting to do a horse silhouette for my daughter and now I know how!! Great job!

  4. This looks awesome, Shelley! I bet it would be super cute with a child's silhouette, too!

  5. That looks like a piece someone paid big bucks for in a swanky catalog. You did a great job.
    (even if I'm a cat person!)

    1. So cute! And yes, this would be mucho dinero in any catalog! Love it!

  6. that is FABULOUS shelley! love the colors and style!

  7. This looks like a great project. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This is such a cute idea. I'd love to do something similar in my daughter's room.

  9. Goodness gracious I love this!! I have never heard of that chalk trick, very clever. Now I need to make me some art of my 2 doxies. Thanks for sharing!

  10. This is so adorable! My girls would go crazy over this. I'm your newest follower, btw:-)

  11. What a cool idea, and I love the unexpected color!

    Thanks for linking up with Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

  12. My sis-in-law did something like this with her dogs and they turned out adorable! Makes me wish I had a puppy =) Too cute!

  13. How cute! I totally need to make one of these for each of my doggies :)

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s link up party: Martha Mondays (every Monday through Wednesday)! Hope to see you there!

  14. This is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I think something similar would look great in my son's room. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday I hope to see you there!

  15. This is a fantastic project! So cite. Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  16. I LOVE this!!! I want to make one using my dog's silhouette! Thanks for sharing! :)


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