Dot Painting of a Horse

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According to the Chinese Zodiac Calender, 2014 is the year of the horse. In many cultures, horses are symbolic for strength, energy and beauty.  What’s not to like? I created this piece of art in honor of 2014 being the ” year of the horse”.  The horse shape is created with dots of paint applied with a pencil eraser.

Materials used

  • Wood board
  • White spray-paint
  • Acrylic paints
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Scissors

dot painting of horse

With white spray-paint, I applied a thin layers paint. The key to spray painting is several thin layers. While the paint dried, I hunted for images of horses on the internet.  I taped 4 pieces of card stock paper together and drew a horse from a few different images. You can also simply print and trace an image of a horse.

dot painting of horse

Once the painted board was dry, I used a pencil eraser dipped in acrylic paint to apply paint dots to  the board.

dot painting of horse

I only applied dots to the area where I was planning to place the card stock horse shape. dot painting of horse

I allowed the painted dots to dry completely. Using scissors, I cut  horse out of the card-stock paper.  I applied painter’s tape to one side of the card stock horse and placed the horse on top of the painted dots.


dot painting of horse

With several light coats of white spray-paint, I covered the entire board, horse and dots.

dot painting of horse

There you have it…

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6 Responses to Dot Painting of a Horse

  1. Judy February 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I love this! The dots are such a cool look. Never would have thought of this. I think it would look good in any room of the house. Great job.

    • carmody February 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

      Thanks Judy!

  2. Shannon Hawk March 7, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    This is so pretty! My daughter would love this in her room!

    • carmody March 8, 2014 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks Shannon! This would also be a good project for your daughter to help out with. My five year old helped me with the dots.

  3. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures March 8, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I love how this turned out and the colors that you used too! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    • carmody March 8, 2014 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks Katie!

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