Watercolor Dog Portrait

If you’re a fan of Katie Bower from The Bower Power blog (fan… right here!) then you already know that she is currently doing a series on a home renovation for the Pedraza family. Recently Katie shared her mood board for the Laundry Room update that included a water color print of a Boxer. Friends…. when the photo popped up in my feed, I could not click over to her site fast enough for the resource. (You can view it HERE.)

You know I’m a sucker for a squishy faced Boxer!

Boxer Pet Portrait | Storypiece.net

I was unable to find the original artist source and Katie has subsequently written a tutorial on how to create your own through Photoshop. For those that are familiar with the software, you can find the full how-to HERE.

Ultimately, I couldn’t get the watercolor out of my head and decided I needed it for this awkward space in our kitchen.

Watercolor Boxer Portrait Art | Storypiece.net

Although I use Photoshop for editing my blog photos, I’m such a huge fan of Waterlogue I chose to use the app instead. You may remember that I first talked about Waterlogue last Spring when I made this cherry blossom watercolor art.

Create Custom Watercolor Art | Storypiece.netI’m so grateful that I captured this blooming tree last March as I had no idea at the time that it would be our last season with it. And it was so easy to take one of my favorite parts of our last home as an art piece rather than trying to move an entire tree.

Since I have countless photos of Baxter (and Sparky) it was just a matter of making a decision. Seriously… that took longer than this entire project.

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Once you have your photo you can run it through Waterlogue’s filters and tweak it until you get the finish that you want.

Waterlogue Pet Portrait | Storypiece.net

To apply your pet watercolor portrait art to a canvas you’ll need:

waterlogue Pet Portrait Art Supplies | Storypiece.net


Trim photo to 8″ x 8″ and position on canvas

Boxer Watercolor Art | Storypiece.net

TIP: Fold edges so you know that the edges will be covered and where the main area of the art is.

Snip corners before applying Mod Podge so that you can easily fold them in when applying the adhesive.

Pet Portrait Watercolor Art | Storypiece.net

Add Mod Podge to center of art area

Boxer Portrait Watercolor Art | Storypiece.net

TIP: Lightly dampen the back of paper with water BEFORE applying Mod Podge. For a novice like myself that struggles with getting her projects as smooth as her perfectionist tendencies will tolerate, the water makes a huge difference.

Apply art to canvas and smooth out air bubbles as much as possible. Then add adhesive to edges

Waterlogue Pet Portrait Art | Storypiece.net

Brush final top coat of Mod Podge to the entire piece

Watercolor Pet Portrait | Storypiece.net

TIP: If you swirl the Mod Podge in circles with your finger as you smooth out the air bubbles you will get a more painted looking finish.

Watercolor Boxer Portrait | Storypiece.net

The finished art compliments this beautiful ceramic tile that my mother-in-law brought us back from Italy and it evens out the awkwardness of this area with it’s thermostat and light switch.

Gallery Wall with Pet Portrait | Storypiece.net

Since this is where Baxter enjoys his meals, I love that he has a little personalized corner of our home.

Pet Corner | Storypiece.net

Now I’m on the hunt for a raised food and water bowl set that I won’t have to give a kidney to afford.

Watercolor Boxer Portrait Art | Storypiece.net

And speaking of affordability… if you’d like your own copy of Baxter’s sweet face, you can download this custom art for free by clicking HERE.

I hope you enjoy his squishy face as much as I do. Happy Wednesday!

DIY Watercolor Pet Portrait | Storypiece.net

**This post contains affiliate links. Many of the supplies listed can be found at your local craft or fabric store, but the links have been provide for your convenience in recreating this project.**


  1. Sharon R. Engle says:

    Hi Danielle! So happy to see that you still have Baxter. We LOVE our boxers. You are so amazingly talented, and I enjoy your posts very much.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Sharon! Baxter is getting so old, but bless his heart… he loves the new neighborhood and all the furry friends that he meets. Did you guys get another boxer??

    • Danielle says:

      Thank you for the inspiration! Boxers truly are the best and I love the idea of capturing his sweet face as a part of our home decor.

      Best of luck with the rest of the renovation for the Pedraza Family. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! 🙂

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