Purrfect Time to Order Minted Watercolor Pet Portraits? Now!

It was so fun to give custom pet portraits to family members and friends last year, so I ordered Minted Watercolor Pet Portraits (see the sweet kitty below) once again. Truly the most thoughtful gift, they are worth every penny even without any discounts. But YAY…it’s the perfect time to order with the sale and free shipping. One-size-fits-all, here’s a heartwarming gift to delight and never be returned. Custom Pet Portraits from Minted will warm every pet owner in your life, and today you’ll see how lovely, simple to order, and affordable they truly are. Get ready to discover the PURRFECT Holiday Gift Idea Ever!

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Minted Watercolor Pet Portraits: Only the Purrfect Gift Ever!

Gift shopping for family and friends can be daunting, and when the holidays roll around, I like to simplify things for myself by establishing an annual theme.

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It’s a streamlined approach that saves time as long as I come up with a smart theme.

Cat watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #catwatercolor #petpainting #catpainting

If you have lots of family members who are pet lovers, PETS as a theme is a no braiener.

Cat watercolor painting is a custom pet portrait from minted - Hello Lovely Studio. #catwatercolor #petportrait #catpaintings
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Custom Minted Watercolor Pet Portrait of gray cat with green and lavender background - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Here’s the deal about commissioning paintings of pets…those commissions can get expensive.

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Often, you must begin the commission process months ahead of time (and cross your fingers and toes as far as shipping costs and delays!).

Custom pet portrait of pit bull dog with sage green background - Hello Lovely Studio. #dogportrait #dogwatercolor #petportraits

Enter: Minted. You’ll be over the moon when you browse custom art gifts on Minted and see the lightning fast turn around for CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS.

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They are printed on high quality archival paper and at a friendly price point. Suddenly, your shopping stress is history.

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But will these portraits be as special in person as you imagine?

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I have been consistently overjoyed with the portraits and the streamlined, easy process. The pet portraits all look amazing, and it’s an idea worth sharing.

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What Makes Custom Pet Portraits the Perfect Gift? 3 Reasons

1. The obvious answer is these keepsakes are beautiful and truly honor our furry babies! We’re devoted to our pets who love us unconditionally and enrich our lives profusely. My own family members snap photos and video of their pets almost daily.

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However, as the world of personal photos grows increasingly digital, we’re all less likely to print hard copies or display images outside of our screens.

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2. For around $40, you cannot beat the value for the quality and beauty. The custom portrait you give is is very likely to become an heirloom.

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Whether you decide to frame the portrait yourself or have Minted frame it (still going to be reasonable for a framed 8×10!), it’s an affordable gift.

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3. This thoughtful gift will likely be unexpected and evoke strong emotion. Our pets are part of the family, and we adore them. The thing is, a lot of people aren’t even aware of what they’re missing before they see their pet immortalized in a portrait.

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A framed pet portrait on the wall or leaning on a shelf is something they never knew they couldn’t live without! These art pieces will bring years of heartwarming joy to family and friends.

Cat watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #catwatercolor #petpainting #catpainting

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How is a Custom Pet Portrait Different From a Pet Photo?

The portraits look like beautiful paintings, not photos. Because they are created digitally, they pack all sorts of advantages. First, you won’t have to worry about an unsavory background in the pet photo. It can be nearly impossible to get a great photo of a pet inside or out since it requires them to sit still.

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You’ll have creative input on the artistry. You’ll be given the opportunity to include notes with your order and approve the proof that is emailed to you. It’s even okay if it takes lots of back and forth with the proof.

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find that sort of collaborative spirit if you commission an original painting somewhere else.

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So even if the photo you submit doesn’t convey the pet’s eye color, you can provide it. You can also indicate what color you would like to see in the background of the watercolor-inspired portrait.

Custom pet portrait of pit bull dog with sage green background - Hello Lovely Studio. #dogportrait #dogwatercolor #petportraits

Lighting in photos is not always ideal, but that won’t matter! The custom portrait won’t rely on things like natural light or how beautiful a given photo is. A watercolor-inspired portrait by the artists at Minted can capture a pet’s essence, and you’ll be involved in the proofing process.

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Notice the photos I submitted below and the final portraits:

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Beautiful colors, gentle strokes of softness, and a painterly ethereal mood will honor and elevate the pet photo you choose to submit for the portrait.

Pit bull dog watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #dogwatercolor #petpainting #pitbullpainting

Is it Time Consuming or a Headache to Order a Beautiful Portrait?

Not one bit. Here’s what I did to score gorgeous Minted custom pet portrait gifts for family:

  1. Chose a close-up photo of each pet from their social media feeds and saved them to my hard drive.
  2. Cropped and re-sized photos in PicMonkey (you can edit them however you typically edit photos).
  3. Uploaded the photo and placed the order for 8×10 unframed portraits.
  4. Received an emailed proof within a day and made notes for changes I wanted (you simply click on the area of the portrait you wish changed, and indicate your desire). I asked for a sage green background rather than the purple that came in the first proof, I wanted more blush pink on the kitty’s ears, and I wanted less blue around the dog’s mouth.
  5. Received a new proof the next day, submitted the order, and received the gorgeous portraits within a couple of days.
  6. I already owned these frames (11×14) and mats for the 8×10 portraits, and they look like a million bucks!

Need inexpensive yet good frames?

These come with a mat for an unbeatable price!

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What if You Don’t Have an Awesome Photo?

To give you an idea of how the cat watercolor custom pet portrait began with a photo, here’s the simple, nothing special iPhone photo of Snoop, my grandkitty (this is the rescue who is blind and partially deaf) I started with:

Snoopy - my grandkitty is blind and beautiful.

And here’s the cutest custom pet portrait created by Minted:

Cat watercolor painting is a custom pet portrait from minted - Hello Lovely Studio. #catwatercolor #petportrait #catpaintings

Our sons treasure their custom pet portraits!

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And here are ideas for pet gifts, just in case:

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. December 3, 2022 / 7:41 pm

    Michele,
    I love watercolors of pets. Several years ago my daughter gave me one of my three dogs. I love it. It was one of my most precious gift.
    Have a wonderful holiday season.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
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      December 3, 2022 / 9:56 pm

      Aren’t they the best? Thanks for visiting, Bev. Hope you are feeling good post-op!

  2. Pam
    December 6, 2022 / 1:16 pm

    I love love love those pet portraits, Michele! A couple of years ago, I gifted my husband with a commissioned drawing of our cat, Lucy (who lived to be almost 18. We still miss her.) He loved it, but, you’re right – it had to be ordered months in advance. I’m thinking about all of the people I could gift these pet portraits from Minted. Every pet owner would love one. And, I think I’m going to have one made of our Sunny. We’re in such a grieving mode still, since losing her in September, and one of these portraits would be so sweet. Thanks for reminding me! I had seen your previous post before and had completely forgotten about these! xo

    • Michele
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      December 6, 2022 / 7:44 pm

      Hi Pam! They make the process so easy, and I ordered another one of a special cat for a Christmas gift – instant heirloom! Thanks so much for all the support.

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