I have done several of these paintings for friends who are teachers and I don’t think I am really being all that creative but they turn out great! So, I thought I would share with you how to make your very own razorback painting (or any other kind!) too.
First thing is the supplies you will need.
-Canvas (this is 11x14)
-Paint (Red, Black, White)
-Paintbrushes (many different sizes)
-Paint pens (black but could use white too)
-Razorback magnet/sticker or print out a picture of a razorback and cut it out
-Polka Dot stencil or something round to use as a polka dot.
-Clear Acrylic Sealer (Not Pictured above but you will see later)
-Staple Gun (Not Pictured)
-Lighter (Not Pictured)
Then I let it dry. This drying process really didn’t take long. I did it with the windows open and the fan blowing so it was dry in no time.
Step 2: Trace the razorback. I used a razorback magnet to trace and it didn’t quite fit on the canvas. (oops) But guess what? It actually looks great with a little missing! You’ll see. Perfection is not the key here.
Step 3: Start painting inside the lines. I chose to do white but you could easily change up any of these colors. You could do the background black with a red hog, whatever. It’s completely up to you! That’s the best part. Now, I know you may be thinking why didn’t you just leave the white canvas WHITE instead of painting over the red. Honestly, I’ve tried it before and I end up making LOTS of mistakes that are noticeable. This method works best for me.
This is only one coat.
This is after three. The best I think.
Step 4: Time for polka dots! Who doesn’t love polka dots?! For the longest time I was making my own polka dots. They weren’t too bad I might add but usually I ended up making them bigger than I wanted because I was trying to make them perfectly round. Insert stencil. It has helped me out. Tremendously. (I’m somewhat of a perfectionist so for me to tell you not to worry about it being perfect is a bunch of bull…it would drive me mad so if you like perfection then you make it perfect! For you!)
Step 5: Stop and eat breakfast. Totally not on my diet here but man cheerios and bananas. YUM.
Step 6: Paint the polka dots! I chose black to keep the color scheme going. This was hard to take a picture of me doing BUT I did it. Just for you. :) Two coats to be exact. They make pretty black polka dots.
Step 7: Step back and admire your work so far. It’s coming along quite nicely.
Step 8: The hardest part. Add the wording. I normally do schwoopies and different styles of lettering but I chose to go simple on this one. I have no clue why. Just did. I also couldn’t take any action pictures of me or I would have made a complete mess of it. So here is a picture of the wording AFTER I did it. I didn’t use a stencil, that’s free hand. I try using pencil first but I usually mess up and should just go for it with the paint pen the first time around. Pencil doesn’t erase well off of white paint. (fyi)
You can see the shiny part, that’s with the clear coat. :)
Step 10 (Final): Use a staple gun to staple the ribbon on the back. You can see how I did that below……
And you will also need to use a lighter to finalize the edges of the ribbon or the fray and it sucks.
Then tie the ribbon how you like and VIOLA!
I am totally not an expert at this…but it is so much fun to do! If you end up making one please share with me! I love to see creations! :) (Especially ones that support our Hogs!)
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