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3 Things You May Not Know About the Painting Process of Our Custom Pet Portraits

The delight is in the details! In this short & sweet post, I’m sharing 3 fun facts you may not know about my custom pet paintings.

01 There’s a Lot of Layers

Most paintings take 15+ hours, as there are a lot of layers to each one. For example, when painting our baby boy, Beau, I began with a yellow base, then added each Golden hair to his portrait. If you’re interested in seeing a quick recap of Beau’s portrait, click here. The layers truly make the painting.

Marissa Hitt painting a portrait of a Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever watercolor painting

02 Watercolors on Canvases

This year, I have taught myself how to paint on canvases with watercolors. Painting on canvases take a little extra time compared to creating on watercolor paper, because I use a liquid base that prepares the canvases for the watercolor paint. It takes 2-3 coats of the liquid base to the canvases before I begin painting & each coat needs 24 hours to dry. While I wait for a canvas to dry, I can work on another painting or other parts that make Melane & Co., like this blog post!

03 Research Can Take Place Before I Put Paint to Paper

For your pet's portrait, it’s always a gift to know your pet’s name & what their personality is like! In our custom pet portrait form, we would love to read about your pet in the notes section. There’s no such thing as knowing too much about your pet! Before I begin your pet's painting, I study their photos & take note of their body language.

Watercolor painting of miniature schnauzer

The finished result of a painting begins with a careful process. Every brushstroke is made with intention to create a keepsake for the years to come.


Marissa Hitt holding paintbrush for Melane & Co.


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