How to Paint Your Own Cow Parade Cow

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How to Paint Your Own Cow Parade Cow
Create your own bovine masterpiece. (sculpture of a ornamentaly painted cow on white image by alma_sacra from

Has the artist in you been inspired by the Cow Parade international art exhibits? The colourful fibreglass sculptures have been displayed in major cities around the world. The cows are painted and decorated by artists. When the tour comes to a host city, the cows are on display for two to four months, then auctioned off for charity. There are several options available if you are interested in painting a cow.

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    Create a design for the official Cow Parade program. Cow Parade is open to applications from potential artist, architects, designers and others. Submit a proposed design for a cow that you would like to create. Make the design as comprehensive and detailed as possible so your ideas are clearly conveyed to the selection board. If your design is chosen, you will be paid £650 and have your design displayed in a host city for the Cow Parade tour.

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    Create your own fibreglass cow in the Cow Parade style. Using this method, your cow may not receive the publicity that an official Cow Parade creation will, but you will have a cow of the same size and material to decorate according to your own preferences and artistic inclinations. Several websites sell fibreglass cows and other animals.

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    Create a model Cow Parade cow. The Cow Parade website sells art kits you can use to create small cows. The kits come with paints, instructions, suggestions and can be a good way to practice before submitting a proposal for the official full-size model.

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