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 One: Cut out the background from your photo.
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 Five: Spray the back of the trimmed-out image and mount it to the background texture.
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
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Spring and Valentine of the Signature Collection.
Can you post the background in a different format then DMS? I can’t open it even with a special unarchiver app I downloaded.
I just came across this and I absolutely love it! I am having an issue downloading the texture that you have linked on this site. Every time I clink on either of the links, it just refreshes the page. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
This is so cute! I am absolutely going to have to do this when I get to my new house! <3
I will definitely try this out. I LOVE pictures like this.
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Okay, I’m spending tomorrow evening making this! This would be totally adorable to do for the whole family, even, and finally get some art on my apartment walls. Thanks for the inspiration!
Nice pet portrait, I like it and want to try one of my doggy:-)
Enjoy 4.july 🙂
This is such a great idea. I like the colors and how the dog’s face is framed off-center. Good work!!
This is fantastic! I can’t wait to make a smaller version to put on my desk!
Ahh! I love this! Can’t wait to try it with all 3 of my pups! Thanks so much for sharing!
Hi Debbie! Have fun with the project! I found the dog planter at an antique mall. That kind of planter is pretty common at vintage shops or even on Etsy. 🙂 – Mandi
Love love LOVE this! So cute and awesome!
Hey I love this idea going to make some this weekend! Also I really like the animal plant pot in the last photo, can anyone tell me were I can buy one or is it an antique?
This dog is adorable!
And the portrait so so cute
Oh, Mandy, this is a very good idea. I am planning to use different frame sizes. I will make one picture in different colours and will hang the portraits at the wall behind my couch in the living room. I think it would be great. Thank you for the inspiration and the tutorial.
Completely brilliant! Definitely going to try this if I can only get my silly dogs to pose properly
you are so creative! this is so cool!
Oh I want to make this now!!
Wow! I love how easy this is 🙂