There’s nothing I love more than scooping up something that someone else doesn’t want anymore….and making it my own. My friend was selling this HUGE dinosaur at her yard sale and I couldn’t resist. I knew I’d either paint over it to reuse the canvas….or maybe change it up a bit. Mr. LBB loved the dino but Boo thought it was too scary. So I changed him up a bit to be more of a pop art dino!
Here’s the before:
The first thing I did was use a pencil and some acrylic paint to add polka dots….or pixelate the dino:
I didn’t even finish full areas…..just “dotted” until my hand got tired:
Pink is almost the opposite of green and brown right? I like opposites.
Then I used tape and paper to mask off the areas of the painting that I wanted to keep and went crazy with spraypaint and stencils:
I love using the “reverse” side of the stencil once it’s laden with paint:
I let Mr. LBB and Boo pull off the paper and tape to reveal the dinosaur:
We thought he needed some bling on those teeth so I added some liquid gold leaf. Think of it as a “dino-grill”:
The finished “pop art” dinosaur:
Here’s a race horse painting that I picked up at a thrift store. It was way too southwestern-themed for me…..but I loved the color of that blue horse in the front!
The first thing I did was to make it more of a modern gallery painting by attaching 1.5″ lattice board to the side:
Then I carefully taped off the horses (doesn’t have to be perfect!):
I layered stencils and bubble wrap prints over top the tape to give the effect of 3-D. Not sure where this one will go yet in the house:
The dinosaur is in my office for right now: (you can make that Coca Cola sign too…..tutorial is here)
Now I hope you’ll never pass by a thrift store painting without thinking “maybe I can change that up a bit!”
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