Recently, I read an article on crayons and milk, in which Edna admitted that she is not the mastermind behind the gorgeous pictures on her blog. Reading that post has inspired me to also come clean. I must confess that I did not paint any of the pieces on this blog.
Just as Teddie turned out to be the creative mind behind the pictures on crayonsandmilk, Scamp is the genius behind the paintings on this site.
I am ashamed to admit that I took advantage of his inability to type on a keyboard to take credit for his creations. In an attempt to make it up to dogs everywhere, this post highlights the artworks of these two great canines.
Teddie is not only an adorable and incredibly adept photographer, but he is also a world traveler who uses his gift to document his trips. Scamp decided to combine talents with Teddie and paint/age some picture frames, so that Teddie can preserve and show off pictures he took while trekking across Greece.
Materials: Scamp bought four 5×7 picture frames from Dollar Tree (Hey, he‘s working on a dog‘s salary. Don‘t judge!). He used Zinsser primer, paint, paint brushes, sandpaper or a sanding block, and acrylic sealer (The sealer is probably optional, but Scamp does not like leaving things to chance.)
* If you buy frames from a dollar store, remember that you get what you pay for. Check the glass to make sure it’s not broken and the backing to make sure it’s intact and actually fits into the back of the frame. Also, the measurements may be slightly off, so you may have to cut your picture a little to make it fit into the frame (Scamp had to do this with three of the four photos.)
Process: Scamp first primed each picture frame (He advises that you don‘t skip this step. The frames don’t take up paint easily.) After the primer dried, Scamp painted each frame with acrylic paint. Scamp then used a sanding block to age the frames. He sanded the dark brown frames more than the two colorful ones to illustrate the different looks you can achieve. Here is an example of the transformation the frames underwent:
He painted the frames minor colors he found in each picture. Scamp painted the first frame Cerulean Blue Hue by Liquitex Basics to match the blue boats in the foreground of the picture.
He painted the next frame Calico Red by folkArt to match the red boat.
He mixed Permanent Black by Master’s Touch and Burnt Umber by folkArt to create a dark brown to match the dark color of the rocks in this picture.
He used the same black and burnt umber mixture to match the color of the wood in the shadows in this picture.
Lastly, he sealed the paint, washed the glass panes, and put the pictures into their new frames. Scamp is happy with the finished product and hopes Teddie likes them too!
*Special thanks to Edna and Teddie from crayons and milk.