“Dogs Laugh With Their Talis" Canvas

By  Alison Craig  for  DecoArt

size: 10"x10"


  • Canvas board, 10”x10”
  • Assorted tissue and scrapbook paper


  • DecoArt Traditions Paintbrushes: Flat 1”, #10; Round #4; Dual-Sided Paint Pouncers
  • DecoArt Americana Stencils: Victorian Baroque Border, Mixed Media Gears & Cogs
  • DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints: Cocoa Bean, Cotton Ball, Dolphin, Lipstick, Steel Grey, Turquoise Waters; Matte Decou-Page Medium

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil, tracing paper, permanent marker, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - "Dogs Laugh With Their Talis" Canvas

  • 1. Tear scrapbook and tissue paper as desired; découpage to canvas front using 1" flat. Let dry.
  • 2. Double-load Dolphin and Cotton Ball onto 1" flat; cover canvas front and sides, making sure paper patterns peek through in areas. Let dry.
  • 3. Print out pattern. Transfer dog to front of canvas using tracing paper.
  • 4. Keeping placement of dog in mind, randomly stencil background shapes Cocoa Bean, Steel Grey, and Dolphin using pouncer. Let dry.
  • 5. Outline dog Steel Grey using round; let dry. Paint dog with double-load of Cotton Ball and Turquoise Waters using #10 flat. Paint ears, cheeks, and nose Dolphin using #10 flat. Highlight areas Cotton Ball.
  • 6. Paint tongue and eye spot (1:1) mixture of Lipstick and Cotton Ball. When dry, add details to dog's eyes, whisker dots, and eyebrow using round.
  • 7. Trace crown shape onto tracing paper; trace and cut out from scrapbook paper. Découpage crown onto dog's head using #10 flat.
  • 8. Drybrush around edges of canvas front Cocoa Bean, Lipstick, and Dolphin. If desired, add more stenciled shapes to fill in open areas. Let dry.
  • 9. Trace and cut "dogs laugh with their tails" on scrapbook paper with marker. Cut out individual words and découpage to canvas using #10 flat. Let dry. Outline words Steel Grey using round. Add swirls and highlights randomly on background using each color paint; let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. A loose painting style is preferred for this project. Color mingling and mixing on the canvas is desired. It is not always necessary to wash out the brush.