DIY Watercolor Pet Portraits

Looking for even more ways to show how much you love your furry friend? In just minutes you can create a personalized piece of art that perfectly captures their spirit.

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Turn a picture of your pet into a watercolor work of art in just a few easy steps.

Materials Needed

  • photo of your pet
  • tissue paper
  • tape
  • pencil
  • watercolor paper
  • fine-point permanent marker
  • watercolor paints
  • paintbrush
  • water
  • paper towel

Create Stencil

Secure a piece of tissue paper over the top of your pet’s portrait. Trace over all main features of your pet using a pencil. For the eyes, create a closed eyelid with lashes to give your pet a picture-perfect look. 

Transfer Tracing

Once the tissue paper tracing has been completed, secure the tracing to a piece of watercolor paper. Begin retracing all lines with a fine-tipped permanent marker, which will bleed through the tissue onto the watercolor paper. Remove the tissue paper, and re-trace the lines once more to darken them.

Paint Your Pet

Using the original picture as your guide, paint your pet using the watercolor paints. If any paint goes on too thick, dab the paint with a paper towel. To give your painting more life, be sure to add shading. 

Finish and Frame

After your watercolor painting has completely dried, place the painting in a frame, or give it a prime spot on the fridge. 

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