Dia de los Gatos

Or, how to make your pet into a Day of the Dead celebrant!  I used one of my favorite images of Taz, our wild & pretty kitty.

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Just place the image face-down and rub the back of it with Citra-Solv. It works quickly and has a pleasant smell, unlike other solvents. And when you’re finished, you can clean your brushes with it.  I love this stuff!

Now, for those of us who can’t draw worth a darn, this makes the perfect basis for your painting.  No guesswork involved!

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Bright, happy colors are the order of the day here.  This is a celebration!

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Of course, these do not need to resemble “real” bones whatsoever. I like Sakura’s “Gelly Roll” white pen; it works beautifully to outline, then just fill in with white paint.

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This will provide a “dam” between the white bones and the black background.  I forgot to include a photo to illustrate painting the rest of the cat black, so just pretend it’s here.  🙂

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Consult “Day of the Dead” images to get an idea of how to decorate the skull.

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I chose a palette of aqua, fuchsia, bright orange, yellow and lime green.

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Ahh, much better. She looks really scary now!


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And there you have it!  I mounted the painting on some bright background papers. Let the festivities begin!

dia de los gatos sr


2 Responses to “Dia de los Gatos”

  1. Terri Says:

    That’s an excellent way to dress Taz up for Halloween! I love it!

  2. Wacky Cats | Studio Rose Says:

    […] awhile back,  I posted this tutorial on how to make your cat into a Dia De Las Muertos character by transferring a photo and then […]

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