If you’re looking for a fun artistic activity nearly impossible to mess up, this is the project for you! Quarantine-internet shopping led to the discovery of the coolest Etsy shop which turns your favorite photo into a custom paint-by-numbers pet portrait. Such a fun idea, right?
Custom Paint-by Numbers- pet portrait kit
Apple Pie Painting
All you need to do is snap a photo of your pet to get started. After you make your purchase, you’ll be sent a link to upload the image file. Apple Pie Painting on Etsy will send you a kit with everything you need to create your own acrylic painting of your pet on canvas: a canvas with the drawing of your pet to paint, the paint, brushes, and mixing tray. An artist hand-draws the portrait in pencil, so this truly is a custom portrait.
A single canvas kit is $49.99, or you can purchase a package with several kits. You can choose a traditional paint colors – or make it pop art with bright color choices! We chose the traditional paint colors for ours.
Kids can help, too – little ones may need some supervision, but the paint doesn’t have to be exactly in the lines so it’s a great project for kids. Ours took about an hour, and we all took turns painting. The subject, Riley the golden retriever, pranced around the yard while we painted her face.
I was ready to dive in and start painting, but my direction-reading husband went through the instructions first, and I am glad he did. The instructions are pretty simple: you paint one color at a time, and then move on to the next. The order of paint colors is clear from the “tips and tricks” card, taking the guesswork out of how to proceed. The canvas is clearly marked with the letters that match corresponding paint colors. Some of the colors require a little bit of mixing (for example, the medium paint mixed with dark paint for medium-dark shade.)
For a fun & relaxing happy hour, make this easy margarita recipe and lay out your pet paint project. The entire experience was fun for all of us – and, we were all so proud with our artwork! I highly recommend this company!
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Order the same paint-by-numbers pet portrait kit from Apple Pie Painting on Etsy – you can get packages with several kits, so everyone can create their own.