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This Instructable will teach you how to re-create van Gogh’s iconic painting Starry Night with nothing but bacon. Buckle up! It’s gonna be a delicious, post-impressionistic ride!

First of all, you’ll need to find a clear image of Starry Night. Just pull up google images and print out the best one you can find! You’ll use this as a reference for proper bacon placement.

Gather the following supplies: x-acto knife or other sharp knife, small cutting board, large cutting board or cookie sheet that will accommodate an 11” x 15” picture, ruler, 1 package of turkey bacon, and 2 packages of regular bacon.

Factoid: raw bacon is an excellent moisturizer.
 
 
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Step 1: 1) Slice

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Like all foods that can be classified as delicious, bacon melts when it gets warm. To keep everything as solid as possible only work with one package of meat at a time. Let the rest chill in the fridge.

Open your first bag-o-bacon and, using the sharp knife, gently slice the individual pieces into long strips of white, pink, and red. Keep each strip as long as possible. When you have finished separating the entire first bag, move on to the turkey bacon. Slice up only half of the turkey bacon. Leave the rest of the turkey and the second bag of regular bacon whole. When all is said and done, you will have five piles of color –light turkey bacon, dark turkey bacon, red bacon, pink bacon, and white bacon fat.   

(sliced turkey bacon not pictured)

Step 2: 2) Think

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Now stop, turn on some good French Jazz and consider this particular work of art. Since you will be using only bacon, a medium that is in no way, shape, or form conducive to detail, you have to have a firm understanding of what makes this panting recognizable. The cloud swirling across the sky, the tall church steeple rising up from the hills, and the dark treetop in the extreme foreground makes this painting unique. Pay them the most attention, and your efforts will be rewarded.

pie2010201110 months ago
i LOVE this!:) Too bad My mom Hates the bacon smell :(
Awesome its all i can say
this is not their work.
CopperTwist (author)  edwardstreams2 years ago
It is my work, I promise.
godbacon2 years ago
There must be a way to cook it assembled and video it cooking.
I love your bacon work and this Van Gogh is my favorite but I read something that causes me to convulsively twitch every time i see it. You said, "This is a picture of layers, so start first with the swirling cloud, and then move onto the sun and the stars." The Sun is in fact the Moon. I'd suggest changing this one particular word, at least for my sake :), so I can stop these convulsive twitches.
CopperTwist (author)  Klayton Kress3 years ago
Oh! Thank you! I didn't even notice. It's fixed now!
Also, you mentioned you didn't know how to transfer it from the cutting board to the baking sheet to bake it. If you could get a large enough baking sheet you could transfer it first to another cutting board then to the baking sheet. To do this get the same size cutting board you already have and place it on top of the one you have the bacon on. Then press them together, I'd advise c clamps cause they'll hold it together better and wont slip, and then flip the boards. Now you'll have the bottom of the bacon picture on top. Place the larger baking sheet over that and do another flip. I would suggest maybe coating it in water first and freezing as this will hold the image together better and keep it from slipping around. then bake and post pics.
KentuckySam3 years ago
BACON STRIPS &
BACON STRIPS &
BACON STRIPS &
BACON STRIPS
aaaaaaaah
next time, we eat a tiger!
slaitch3 years ago
Disassemble? No way! Do this same thing, but in a baking dish. Then bake it. Possibly incorporate cheese in some way. Maybe use a clear dish and a layer of cornbread batter across the top...
Ev3 years ago
How about "The Scream"? Figure in bacon, the rest of the painting in vegan food?
lpkid10573 years ago
Seriously, this bacon pandemic has gotten out of hand. I understand this could really be considered art, but.... it was only created because it was going to be made out of bacon. I would argue it wasn't created just for the art.

Its getting old. It's wasteful. You have too much time on your hands.
"you" as in the bacon movement / remembrance.

I applaud you for the work, it looks great. But how about we move to lesser known and less appriciated foods.

No disrespect meant towards you in particular, but really. Stop with the bacon.
Wait, do you think you could just do this in a pan and bake it?
CopperTwist (author)  thecheatscalc3 years ago
When I first made it I wasn't at all thinking of baking the finished product, but I think it would do very well baked. Maybe a slow, long, low temperature dry baking?
eshatkin3 years ago
Hi there:

I love your bacon "Starry Night" instructional guide. I want to do a post about it for LA Weekly's food blog, Squid Ink. Can I use the photo of the finished art to illustrate the post? We will, of course, credit and link back to you. Thanks.
CopperTwist (author)  eshatkin3 years ago
Sure!
Polkadotmom3 years ago
This is truly great!! I was in a master of fine art class when I worked on my bacon potholder. We need to collaborate on something on line as now my mindis totally greasy! I made potholder out of turkey bacon one time, veggie bacon another and regular another. Then I joined Weight Watchers after cutting all that fat apart.

Polkadot mom
kennan3 years ago
This is really special. I once saw the original at the MoMA, and I actually teared up. Were I to see this up close I would surely break down sobbing.

I would, out of morbid curiosity, like to see it baked as-is.
Oh yes!!! I was just thinking the same thing. Bake it! Just pop it in the oven. I bet it'd really bring out the 'colors'.
CopperTwist (author)  rattatner3 years ago
I know! I really want to bake it, but it's fairly large and I can't quite figure out how to move it from the plastic cutting board without damaging it.

That being said, it's spent the last three weeks in my freezer. The colors have come out more - in a freezer-burn sort of way.
preeves13 years ago
Looks good enough to eat. lol
studleylee3 years ago
Holy Moley: That is funny and looks great!!! One of my
favorite paintings!
I love the monochrome effect - next stop: Picasso's Guernica!
kdrodgers3 years ago
Amazing Job!!! I never knew you could turn bacon into art....well, bacon is an art all by itself I guess!!!!
canida3 years ago
I'm shocked by the variety of color and texture you can make from bacon. Beautifully executed!
Awesome job!
splazem3 years ago
Job well done!
mary candy3 years ago
very nice
einafets3 years ago
Superfantastic!
poofrabbit3 years ago
This is rad! I gave you my vote, good luck!
SHIFT!3 years ago
Very impressive! I'm not an artist but as a abstractionist I must say this is very "post modern"!