Hi! It’s Mandi here to show you guys a real simple art project. Give your precious pets a place of honor in your home by turning their portraits into wall art! Andy Warhol-inspired portraits are fun digital projects to try—but don’t worry! You can do this project even if you don’t have photo-editing software, though you will need access to a copy machine. Check out the instructions below to make your own pop art portrait.
-8″ x 10″ frame
-8″ x 10″ pet portrait (I printed mine at home)
-2 sheets of bright, complementary-colored cardstock
-8″ x 10″ background texture image (click here to download)
Step Two: Scan the cut-out image, and increase the brightness and contrast. Copy machines have options that allow you to do this directly through the copy machine. Just practice on copy paper before printing it onto the colored cardstock. When you get it how you like it, with bright whites and contrasting darks, print onto the cardstock.
Step Three: Print out the background texture onto the contrasting cardstock. You can download the texture by clicking here.
Step Four: Trim the image from the first printed paper, leaving a little border around the edge.
Step Six: Use the glass from your frame to see where to trim the excess paper from the textured background so that it fits in an 8″ x 10″ frame. Keep in mind while trimming that you want a border around the edge of the texture to show when framed.
We currently don’t have any pets, but someday we would like to bring one into our home! In the meantime, I do love animal art and tchotchkes, as you can see! The photo of the dog that I used for this project was taken by my friend Ashleigh Harris for her amazingly adorable series, Dogs and Babies. If you’re in need of a dose of cute today, you should seriously check it out! Swoon! –Mandi