I wanted to create some free art for Jack’s room, but wasn’t really sure where to go with it. Then I rifled through my craft stash and discovered that I had an 8×10 canvas and an 8×11 scrap of painted wood laying around (the ghosts of projects past), and after some time spent brainstorming I got the idea to paint dog and cat silhouettes. Since Jack obviously will need to familiarize himself with these domestic beasts I figured the educational component would be an added bonus. Since this was the kind of day that needed to be spent on the couch I gathered all my supplies on the coffee table.
First, I printed out free dog and cat silhouettes from the internet. Obviously this is how dogs are shaped in our house. Then I painted each piece with a base color: white for the cat and a mustardy yellow (left over from the dining room coffee table) for the dog.
I used my go-to image transfer technique to get those animals off the page and onto my art. First I used a pencil to shade over all the edges, then I laid the paper face-up on top of the wood/canvas and traced, leaving a neat line behind.
I used navy as the second color on both pieces, since it goes with the room and I still had some paint left over from the dresser. I’m telling you, once you start doing DIY projects there are so many other projects you can do for free or very cheap with all your leftovers. I used a small artist’s brush (left over from the You Are My Sunshine sign) to fill in around the edges at first, then a larger brush, also left over from the same sign project, to fill in the rest. Money spent so far: $0.
After a quick second coat I was done. Ta-da! Aren’t they cute?
I thought it might be cute and a little Pottery Barn-ish to add the names of the animals, so I printed out words to trace into the lower corner of each.
Unfortunately, I realized pretty quickly that my ability to wield a paintbrush at that level of detail leaves a lot to be desired. So I wiped off the paint and the pencil and decided to leave the animals nameless for now. Maybe I’ll come up with a better idea for transferring the letters if I give it some time.
I haven’t put them in his room yet because there are a few other things I want to hang up as well and I think I’d like to cluster them all together on one wall, so sadly there are no pretty “after” pictures of the silhouettes in their new homes just yet. I’m really happy with the way they came out, though, even without the letters. I like how the mustardy yellow color is not too far off from Juliet’s actual coloring, and since one of our cats is solid black and the other is black and white the dark navy + white color scheme for the cat silhouette seemed fitting. Hopefully I’ll have them hung up on the wall by the end of the week so I can enjoy them in their natural habitat while I wait for Jack to arrive!
PS, see where I finally got these critters up on Jack’s wall here