Catty Art – Feline Silhouette Paintings Tutorial
For a while when people asked how many cats I had I would respond “too” knowing full well that they thought I meant “two”. It isn’t that I’m keen on fibbing it was simply because I was so embarrassed that I have 4 cats. Trust me, when you say four you see the “Oh, you’re a crazy cat lady” look instantly hit their face. I always dreaded seeing that face.
But sometime last year when I was working on this blog I realized that I’ve really been putting myself out there in a lot of ways. Who cares if I four cats? So what if I kind of technically am a crazy cat lady? It is what it is and I’m awesome. :)
To be honest I never intended to have one cat let alone four. I was terrified of them at first. But Russell had Georgie and he was a sweet, gigantic cuddle boy. In spite of that I was still totally freaked out by him and it made it worse that he seemed to like me so much. I’d wake up with this cat half on my pillow and half on my head and some irrational part of me just knew he was trying to smother me in my sleep.
Georgie soon became diabetic and started to wither away. It was sad that I only started to not be afraid of him after he became so sick. I fell terribly in love with him and was sad to watch him slip away. The vet recommended another cat to help keep his spirits up. My sister gave me a little kitten named Gracie that had been dumped on her front porch. They became fast friends and you could tell it made George happy. Georgie hung on about a year after Gracie came along but he finally had to be put to sleep.
Needless to say three others came into the mix and now I feed every single stray and feral cat that comes along my doorstep. I’ve found homes for probably a dozen over the last couple of years. Nowadays, I freaking love cats and I’m probably pretty lucky that I’ve managed to keep the number down to ONLY four. In honor of my kitty love, I made some silhouette paintings that took about an hour for both. You can too!
For this project you will need:
- Stretch & Strut cat silhouette images
(I used 8×10)
- Paint in 2 colors, or more
- Paint brush
Print your images and use them with a projector. Project the shape onto your canvas and trace using a pencil.
If you don’t have a projector, you can always size and print the image, cut around it and trace onto your canvas that way.
Next use your paint to fill in the cat shape and another for the negative space. I alternated colors but you could do them the same, totally different colors, whatever you dig.
When dry, hang your paintings and enjoy!
Oh, and by the by – Max wants you to know that it’s National Dress Your Pet Day. Don’t you love his little green tie? He’s been rolling around with the other kitties and it’s pretty furry but he’s still a dapper creature. Happy Monday!