Did you know that you can paint with your dog? It’s easier than it sounds with this lick painting tutorial! Follow my instructions in this post and you’ll have a beautiful original artwork to hang in your home.
A lick painting is a DIY dog art project where a canvas covered with drips of paint is placed into a peanut butter-covered Ziploc bag. As your dog licks off the peanut butter, they “paint” the canvas!
This art project is good for all levels. You don’t need to be artistic to make something beautiful. I have a ton of dog art around my home, but this is the first artwork I have that the dogs actually painted themselves!
Are you ready to learn how to make your own DIY Lick Painting? Let me show you how!
Paint with Your Dog: Lick Painting
This lick painting trend made the rounds on TikTok earlier this year. Dogs like @Tofu_Corgi with 1.3 million followers showed off their painting skills! I’m happy I finally tried this DIY dog art with my pups because it turned out so great! Thanks to my recent podcast guest, Nicole McKay of AugiDog Art, for inspiring me to do this DIY project.
One of the reasons this trend took off online is because it’s so easy to do, it’s quick and you don’t need a lot of supplies. Plus, who doesn’t want to paint with their dog? Watch this quick video I made about this project, then scroll down for detailed instructions and a supplies list.
Lick Painting Supplies
Small Canvas (get a 5 pack for under $6 at Michael’s)
Acrylic paints in your favorite colors (I recommend 3 or 4 colors)
Masking tape (optional)
Gallon Ziploc Bags
All-Natural Peanut Butter (like Justin’s)
Doggy “Lick Painting” Instructions
Step 1: I prepped my canvas by taping around all the edges. This is totally optional! But I learned in art school that this gives your paintings a nice finished gallery look when you remove the tape.
Step 2: Squeeze some paint onto the canvas. Don’t do too much, it will go a long way. You can apply the paint in lines, dots, swirls, anything you like! I recommend doing 3 or 4 colors and having some black or white to create contrast.
Step 3: Next, apply natural peanut butter to your gallon Ziploc bag. Make sure to do this when the bag is empty otherwise you’ll smear all the paint around yourself (we want the dogs to do that part!).
Step 4: Carefully place your canvas with the paint into the Ziploc bag and seal it.
Step 5: Put the bag on the floor and let your dog lick all the peanut butter! Supervise this to make sure they don’t bite the bag and lick up any paint y accident.
Step 6: When all the peanut butter is licked up, take the bag away. Carefully open it up and remove the canvas (I cut the bag open so I didn’t mess up any “brush strokes”!)
Step 7: Allow your painting to dry for a few hours or overnight. When it’s dry you can remove the tape (if you used it) and admire your new custom dog artwork!
Do you feel like you need help picking your colors? Check out our friend’s blog Peace, Love & Frenchie Farts for her lick painting post. Tiffany will teach you about color theory and you can see her dogs’ artwork!
Join our Virtual Dog Art Show
I’m teaming up with Nicole McKay of AugiDog Art to host a virtual dog art show. And you can be a part of it! Create your own lick painting with your dog and share it on Instagram, tagging both of us @augidogart and @tmistick.
Bonus: If you make a donation to my or Nicole’s animal rescue charity of the month, I’ll add your dog’s artwork to this blog post! You can donate to my charity, Animal Friends, on my fundraising page. Or check out @augidogart for an Instagram fundraiser.
>> Check out this artwork by Three Doods and a Yorkie. It turned out beautifully, all three dogs painting this together!