dog silhouette art – tutorial

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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 16×36 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. Julia {Pawleys Island Posh} Avatar

    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. Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl Avatar

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

  3. Harps and Ollie's Mom Avatar

    You make everything look easy!!!

  4. sara @ applestone drive Avatar

    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!

  5. Jessamie Vincent Avatar

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

  6. Michele Avatar

    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. Emily Avatar

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

  7. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    that is FABULOUS shelley! love the colors and style!

  8. Crissy @ House of Marlowe Avatar

    This looks like a great project. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Tiffany Avatar

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

  11. Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted Avatar

    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!

  12. Daffodil Hill Avatar

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

  13. Abbie Avatar

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

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

  14. Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife Avatar

    Love it! It makes such a statement

  15. Accidentally Wonderful Avatar

    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!

  16. Amanda Avatar

    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!

  17. Alyssa Avatar

    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!

  18. Shannah @ Just Us Four Avatar

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

  19. PitterAndGlink Avatar

    I LOVE this!!! I want to make one using my dog's silhouette! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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