Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Love Bird Painting

Here's the Love Bird Painting I recently made for our Valentine mantel.

Let me show you how I did it.
First of all, I had a scrap of 18 x 24 mat board handy (you could use canvas, watercolor paper, poster board, any size will work but since it's for the mantel, I went bigger). Then I applied a layer of gesso. I let it dry.

Then I painted on a little light pink. Then I printed objects like packing bubbles. Just use a paintbrush to brush the paint on the packing bubbles.And press on to the paper like a stamp.

I bought all these fancy tools but the best ones were the packing bubbles and the triangular sponges that people apply makeup with. I also tried doilies (fabric ones, I bet the paper kind would have been better). I found the thinner the stencil the better the print. And never fear....I got all of my acrylics from my stash or they were 99 cents at Joanns.

Then around the edge I applied a darker pink color. Let it dry for about a minute and spritzed it water.

The  I used a paper towel to blend the 2 paint colors together (creates texture).

After that dried, I stenciled some figures on there (see my post on my One Little World Journal/Scrapbook for more tips on textures).

Then I found a clip art example of a bird cage with some love birds. I used a thin sheet of sketchpad paper (newsprint, without the print), to draw half of it.

Then I traced half of the birdhouse on the painting. Then flipped it over and traced the other side so it was symmetrical.

Just love the textures of this painting.

Then I added the birds and painted it using black paint.

Then I added a plain black frame and glass (as seen at the top of this post).



Leslie Germain said...

So creative! You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing. Visiting you from Craft o Maniac Monday.

Ann Krucek said...

Very Cute! I love the way you used several "layers" for the background. Makes for a great Valentine Mantel.

Kathie said...

Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady is LIVE! I’d love to have you share your post!


Lorraine said...

I love your birdie painting, thanks for the how-to! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Sarah Evans said...

I love this - the texture really is beautiful. I am definitely going to experiment a little with doilies in the future!

Thanks so much for linking up!

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Katherines Corner said...

so cute! love it. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started Friday :-)

Karen at said...

This is darling! I love all the layers! So beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! You're very talented!! I'm pinning this!!!

Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

The CSI Girl said...

Just beautiful! I love your creativity. Thanks for linking up to The CSI Project this week. I am sharing this on the FB page! Because I love it sooo much!!!