I think everyone truly likes to leave a personal touch in the world around them. With kids, it feels extra important . I’ll show you the Personalized Kids Art I’ve made with my kids so that you, too, can make your own: Personalized Kids Art
Let’s go: Time to find a way for you, too, to make your own Personalized Kids Art.
It doesn’t matter if the toy is a plush toy or a hard, classic, toy like the bunny. They both work. For Gray, our son, I loved the rock star quality of the stuffed lion portrait and then, for a baby, the modernity of the miniature, classic, white bunny, oversized as a print.
Some additional suggestions I’ve found that made this project all the more special:
- Write something about each poser on the back of their frames.
- Have your child sign their name, too. One day, this will be such a memento.
- Favorite Stuffed animal or toy
- solid colored surface
- 1. Prep: Groom toy. To prep Liony, we wanted to keep his wild personality, but felt that a little comb out before his big portrait, would be helpful. We wanted his mane to look grand and paid extra attention to his eyes — brushing the plush away from them so that they would photograph at their finest; fluffing and squaring ears, squeezing and re-distributing fluffy bodies to look as even and balanced, as possible.
- 2. Prop. Pose. Prop and pose toy on a clean, open, surface into a sitting pose. We tried this a few ways and I found that my personal favorite gave a “portrait” quality when we propped the animals looking straight-on at the camera (shoulders square or just slightly tilted). I love a clean white background, so we used a white table that has a white wall as the backdrop behind it. I also prefer natural light and took his photo at mid day with natural light streaming in the window but, not shining directly on him. A note: if your stuffed animal is very dark or black, pay attention to the eyes which can get lost in a photo. Make sure the fur is pulled back. If you’re doing this with your young assistant, you can ask them to hold a piece of white paper up to reflect light back to catch the light in their eyes.
- 3. Photograph: Shoot. When taking a portrait, leave plenty of white space around your stuffed animal and shoot from low. Hold the camera very still or use a tripod, if you have one available. I think our best portraits were taken when the shot was taken “head” on and on the same level.
- 4. Develop. Choose photo and develop. You determine the size. I considered making over-sized wall paper with these stuffed animal portraits but, found that a poster-sized portrait + minis were right for our house. I wish you inspiration! I’d just love, love, love to see how you use this tutorial.Happy making! Happy Willowday!
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