How to Paint Your Pet’s Portrait

We offer monthly Paint Your Pet sessions in the San Jose area, however what if you want to paint your pet’s portrait on your own time? We are using acrylic paint for this example.

Here are a few tricks of the trade that we tell our painters during our Paint Your Pet sessions:

Step 1: Make sure that you start with an outline! This outline will help you stay focused on the contouring and colorizing of your painting, rather than focusing on whether your pet’s nose is too close to it’s eyes.

Sketched outline of pet
Step 1 – Sketched outline of pet

 

Step 2: We generally recommend that you paint your pet first, and then decide on your background color based upon the colors you used for your pet and the room or area that you want to hang your masterpiece.

When adding color to your pet, try to follow the natural contours of the body, head and limbs to build up volume within your painting.

Next, add in the movement marks and accent marks to your pet’s body, head and limbs to add more contrast to the light and dark areas.

Pro tip: To bring life to your pet’s eyes, take the back side of the brush and dunk it into your white paint. Dot 1-2 dots of white in the pupil of your pet’s eye to add a gleam!

Paint Your Pet First
Step 2 – Paint your pet first!

Step 3: Select your background color or texture. If there is a specific room or area of your home that you would like this painting to be hung in, then you want to pick a complementary color for the background color/texture.

The color wheel below can help you to pick Analogous color or Complementary colors based upon the primary colors in the room you want to hang the painting in, or the colors you painted for your pet itself.

Color Wheel
This color wheel shows analogous colors and complementary colors for picking your background color.
Painting Your Background
Step 3 – Paint your background, last!

Voila! You are finished with Pet’s portrait painting! Do not forget to sign your painting with your initials in the bottom right or left hand side of the canvas. Your painting will dry within 20-30 mins and is ready to be enjoyed. Your acrylic paint will dry like a hard plastic and does not need to be varnished.

Summertime Art

As summer comes to a close for many, it is a great time to do something creative! This project is kid friendly and messy which only adds to the fun!

Supplies List:
– Assorted Acrylic paint colors
– rubber gloves
– chop sticks for stirring
– Floetrol to make paint more fluid
– canvases
– thumb tacks
– table cloth to keep your work station clean

Supplies
Step 1: Collect your supplies
Canvas with tacks
Step 2: place tacks on the backside corners of your canvas to use as a pedestal
measuring cup
Step 3: Mom tip! Use a left over medicine measuring cup as the container you use for combining your colors
paint supplies
Step 4: Use left over chop sticks as mixing tools and small water cups for your paint.
Begin Artwork
Step 5: Place the measuring cup full of different colored paint colors upside down on the canvas and hold there. Pour the black paint all around the canvas, around the measuring cup.
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Step 6: Lift up the measuring cup and move the canvas slowly from side to side and let the color seep around and spread through the black color as much as you want.
Finished Painting
Let your painting dry for at least 24 hours before moving it, laying it flat on a counter with thumb tack side down.

 

Painting Parties for Kids Helps Them Grow!

When you allow children to be creative, it opens a door to a very important part of their brain that can help them be more successful when they become adults.

Art Education Chart

We offer painting birthday party packages that bring a new type of creativity to your child’s parties. All supplies are provided by our company, except the tables, so that you can sit back and watch your party be creative!

Call us today to book your next party at 408.242.1744, or check out our web site for more information: Children’s Birthday Painting Parties.  

Child's Painting Party - Dolphin
Child’s Painting Party – Dolphin     

Under the Sea Painting

Spring is Coming! Are You Ready?

cherry-blossoms  Poppies

Spring is a great time to be creative.  Flowers are blooming and birds are chirping, so paint al fresco, in the open air, is an essential way to connect with nature.

Great places to grab a canvas and paint at are:

• Your local park

• Your patio/backyard

• Outside patio of a local restaurant or bar
(With their permission, of course :) )

 

What’s Your Spirit Animal?

Yahoo Inc. - Spirit Animals
Yahoo Inc. – Spirit Animals
Spirit Pooch
Spirit Pooch
Spirit Animals
Spirit Animals

Are you and your work team looking for a fun, new way of getting to know each other? We had a recent group from Yahoo Inc. that wanted to spice up their painting experience by painting their own Spirit Animals. They picked the animals, we sketched them on the canvasses and they painted them together, while having drinks and food of course. What a fun night!

Giving Thanks!

Give thanks wreath image image

 

During this time of year, we are start to think about those that we cherish and feel thankful to have in our lives. This is a Give Thanks wreath that I made for my 3rd graders’ classroom.

Each child had the opportunity to write down who, or what they were thankful for most this year. The best part was that it was competed in time for Grandparents day too!

Who Wants a Photo, When You Can Have a Painting?

What better way to show you love and devotion for your Pet, than to paint them? Whether your best animal friend has four legs or a beak, you will have a blast painting your favorite photo of he/she at Valley Painting Parties. We take all of the guess work out of painting an animal by sketching the outline on a canvas for you!

Take a look at some of the recent Paint Your Pet paintings below and be sure to sign up for our next event online!