The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Animal Clip Art

Monday, June 17, 2013

Animal Clip Art

If you haven't visited PicMonkey, you're in for a treat!  It is a user-friendly and fun photo editing site!  I love it so much that I used it to create the new design for the blog--even the background.

Lydia Grace saw my little bird and asked, "What else can you make, mommy?"  Eli quietly questioned, "Turtle?"  And so a little game began of them asking for an animal and me using PicMonkey to "draw" it.  Here are some of the animals we made...

1. Start with a empty background by choosing any photo to edit and dragging an overlay across it.  I turned my overlay white.  You'll find all of the overlays under the left sidebar button that has the three shapes on it.

2. The body of the bird was made from a teardrop overlay found under the Symbols tab.

3. A second teardrop was used for the wing.  I made the wing darker by clicking on the desired color in the editing box that appears when you click on the overlay.  When you select an overlay by clicking on it, you can also resize or rotate it as needed.  Add a circle for the eye and a triangle for the beak.

4. The legs were made by adding a text box and typing two lowercase l's with a few spaces between them.  Simply click on the text box to move it where you need it.

1. Start with your blank background again.  Add a flower and cover the stem with an overlay that is the same color as the background.  I found this flower under Overlays and Graphic Blooms.

2. Three circles (1 large circle and 2 small circles) all colored the same were used for the face.  (Think of Mickey Mouse.  Oh...there's another clip art idea that you could create.)

3. To finish off the ears, I added two small circles that were the same color as the mane and covered up half of each circle with square overlays that were the same color as the face.  Tip: As you are layering the different pieces, sometimes you may need other options like "Bring to Front"   which can be found by right clicking on the overlay.

4. To make the mouth of the lion, I added a text box, typed an uppercase B, turned the letter sideways, and covered up the straight part of the B with an small square overlay that I color matched with the face.  The eyes and nose were made with circles and a triangle.  Add some fun text and you're done!

And here is Eli's
1. Start with a blank background again.  Add a green circle overlay.

2. The bottom half of the circle was covered up with a rectangular overlay the same color as the background.  I added lighter green pentagons to give the shell some added detail.  A tear drop was used for the head.  The legs were made from the rounded rectangular overlays available on PicMonkey.  Two circles and a sideways C became the eyes and mouth.  Add your text and you are done!

There are so many things you could do with these clip art animals...
Cute cards
Graphics for your blog
Wall art for a child's room
The sky's the limit!
Happy clipping and creating!


  1. Great tips! They are so cute!

  2. this is so creative!! Your little animals are adorable! Thanks for sharing this!!

  3. AMAZING!! Great ideas using the shapes picmonkey gives you, I love this post! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  4. This is genius! Pinning it & definitely plan to use it. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do:)

  5. I love PicMonkey! Thanks for the fun tutorial - pinned it to try out! Stopping by from the Him & Her Link up!

  6. These are so clever! I want to go see what I can make with Picmonkey now:) Found you through your link on Someday Crafts.

  7. My brother-in-law is an artist and talks about how he sees the world in shapes. I don't have this natural ability, but maybe I should just practice with simple shapes like this. Your pictures are so cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Very darling!! Thanks for the picmonkey tip, also. I was finally able to get in there and make a transparent box with lettering. Wow. Thanks again. Linda

  9. Poppin over from the Discover & Explore Linky! Such creative clipart!! I just love PicMonkey, too ; ) Look forward to play around with it some more!

  10. I love this! I'll keep this in mind for when I teach my lo how to create this kind of stuff. :)


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