We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.


It's Art Gone to the Dogs

Did you know that my dogs are artists? Can't you tell? Maybe I'm a little biased since they are my kids.
That's Paris on the pillow and Baby is asleep.
In the ugly bench post there was a picture of my girls' artwork. Yes, artwork made by my dogs. Why artwork made by the dogs....because it is almost free! I love free!

I got the idea of doggy made art when refinishing my hardwood floors. I let the girls outside and upon their re-entry, they left wet footprints on my stained, but not yet polyurethaned, floor. Yikes! And if any of you have a Pomeranian, or know a Pomeranian, they are hyper...all.the.time! Like this:

Proud of my Southern accent and excuse the talking bird in the background.

It is like that everytime she comes inside. The footprints looked like she had done the salsa with a little square dance thrown in for good measure - not the look I wanted on my hardwood floors...but cute for wall art! I had to mimic the paw pattern that was on the floor, onto the wall. Here's how-to...

The necessary supplies for this project: paint, paper, cheese, and a dog...or dogs if you have two.
Behold the power of cheese.
Step 1 - load paint on your dog's front paws. 
Putting paint on Baby's paw, using an old lid to hold the paint.
Step 2 - use the cheese (or whatever your dogs favorite treat is) as bait and coerce them around the paper. Or if you have a hyper Pomeranian, just hold the cheese up and she'll start prancing her feet and jumping.

Step 3 - clean up and let the art dry

Step 4 - Frame and enjoy
Baby's on the left, Paris's on the right
Project cost breakdown:
Paint          $0 - already owned
Paper         $0 - already owned
Cheese      5 cents....maybe, already owned
Frames      $24 for two @ Target
Dogs         Priceless
Total         $24.05

$24 for two pieces of art. And, if you had extra frames laying around, it would be free art! What do you think? Do y'all have any artwork made by a pet? Have you ever considered your dog as an artist? Or does your dog think it's an artist by tearing up paper or leaving paw prints on the floor?


Anonymous said...

Oooooh! Yes, I really love this!

Lizzie Ann said...

I'm a new follower from Boost My Blog Friday. This is such a cute idea! I think I may do one picture with prints from both of my dogs, a mastiff and a chihuahua!

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Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

this is SO adorable! Just love it.

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Dani @ Just Drops in the Bucket said...

fantastic gift idea too! looove

kluless said...

I am still laughing and have a couple firends I MUST share this with!

the cape on the corner said...

ok, how can i maneuver my cat to do this! i think i may have to wrangle her up and bring the paper to her! so stinking cute! stopping by from diyshowoff.


Lisa said...

awww! My cat has accidentally made art when he stepped in black paint and walked all over our drop cloth and the cabinet we were painting. I'd love to do something like this with him since he's my baby too!

Big dog owner said...

Cute idea but I have a BIG dog and if I put paint on his paws it would soon be all over the the vinyl kitchen floor and the carpet throughout the rest of the house!

Remodel This House said...

@Big dog owner - I did it in my tiled laundry room and closed the door so it would be easier to clean up.

Laurie said...

I absolutely LOVE your dog art! There couldn't be anything more creatively powerful than what your babies design for you! Thanks for sharing and Happy 2011!

It's A Priceless Life said...

I love this idea! I have a dog that is 14 years and I'm not sure how much longer she has...so this would be a neat thing to do to remember her by when she is gone. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Linda said...

They do look good. Amazing and creative. Thanks for sharing how to do it. I have dogs, too, but they are BIG. Not sure how the prancing around on the paper would work out. :)

IKC said...

I love this idea! I have two large Rhodesian Ridgebacks and have been hounding my husband that our new house looks like a college dorm room becuase we have nothing and I cant stand to go spend thousands buying decorations that everyone else will have in their house. So in two years we have hung 2 pieces of art. Yeaks! At this rate it will take us 20 years to decorate our house. Like you my dogs are our children, so I cant wait to creat this! Thank you for the idea!

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