Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Pet Project, Gallery Wall Update

A few weeks ago I ran across a photo on Pinterest with dog silhouettes as wall art.  I can't find the original source, so I'm not going to link it, sorry.  But I thought it was a really cute idea and kept the idea in the back of my mind.  A week ago Mr. Backwoods cleared a few things out of the junk/storage/craft room and while I was rearranging I found a box of frames that I'd forgot about.  I pulled a few out and on Sunday I took them outside and spray painted them all black.  Then, I pulled out my stash of scrapbook paper, and while I was watching The Walking Dead, picked out the ones I wanted to use.  This was mostly done during commercials, I'm a dedicated WD fan.

Once I had all my papers picked out and trimmed, I just googled "dog silhouette" and traced the ones I wanted to use directly off the screen with a pencil.  Then I filled them in with a black Sharpie and erased the pencil marks..

This is the crew in real life for reference.  Only photo I could find with all of them together.

Ziggy aka The Terrible Terrier

His was probably the easiest to find, I just googled "Yorkie Silhouette" and this was one of the first that popped up.  I did have to make the tail and legs a little longer so it looked more like him.

Penny, I think this one is my favorite, I really like the pink and green.

The Pyrenees silhouettes I found were all heavier looking than her, so I had to modify this one a little, too.  Also, I wanted to show her tail curled up, so I had to surf around a little and actually traced the tail of a shepherd of some kind.  We have no idea what actual mix of breeds she is, so it was an appropriate process.

Rambo.  I haven't talked about him on the blog yet, but he's a Mastiff we rescued in a joint effort with my in-laws.  He lived next door to my mother in law and his owners were going through a divorce. 

They don't have a fence and live in a populated area.  We have the appropriate space but weren't really financially able to take on a dog the size of a horse.  So we're sort of fostering him here and they help with food and care costs.  Mr. Backwoods' uncle is in process of buying property, so if he has a good fence, he may take Rambo permanently.  We haven't decided the details yet, but he's definitely staying in the family.

Drake. He actually belongs to my sister, but he's a regular fixture around here.  Babe Jr was insistent that we include him because he's part of the family.

And last but not least, we couldn't leave out Smoky.

The shot below was taken the same day as the first shot above.  He was obviously avoiding the dogs.  He plays with Penny and Ziggy regularly, but that day was a bit of an excess dose of canines, I think.  It made for a pretty neat photo, though.

Once all the creative work was done, I pulled most of the frames and mirrors existing on the gallery wall and kept just those with black frames.  I think it turned out to be a cute mix of Babe Jr and all the animals.  Appropriate gallery of our family.

There are various photos of Babe Jr over the years, a caricature of her done at Mr. B's company picnic when she was in preschool, and a page from an old notebook I came across recently while organizing craft supplies.  She had drawn a face in hot pink pen right about the time she was learning to write her name; one of the letters is upside down.  I had to frame it, it was too sentimental to toss.

Now I realize I need to update again soon.  We haven't done a good photo shoot since she had her braces removed.  Hopefully we won't add any more pets to the brood before I get a chance to do that.

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