diy {paper bird painting}

After yesterday’s comments on how unique you thought my craft ideas are, I was a bit hesitant to post this! Not so unique, but easy enough for anyone to do!

Last week I gave you a glimpse of a little craft project I had in the works. I wasn’t going to post pictures because this is part of a surprise for a dear friend, but she needs a little pick me up right now. If you have read this blog for very long you know that adoption and orphan care are very important to me. My sweet friend (and her 3 young kids) are in Africa diligently trying to adopt an older sibling set of 3. She has been there since Nov. and had hoped to return home to her husband this week. Plans have changed and we are still all waiting for a super sweet homecoming. While she is away some of us are working on a few surprises. She knows we are decorating the kid’s rooms, but she doesn’t know what all we have up our sleeves. So, sweet friend, here is a peek at some artwork for the girl’s room!

I was inspired by this DwellStudio painting (thanks Bryn!)

Step 1: Draw the basic design on the canvas (I messed with this picture in Photoshop to make the pencil marks show up…it isn’t really a big gray bubble)

Step 2: Cut out random scrapbooking papers for leaves and the bird (I used Amy Butler paper)

Step 3: Glue down the paper. I applied Mod Podge to the back of the paper and then stuck them on the canvas. Just do a thin layer of glue to prevent bubbling. I also did a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper and around the edges.


Step 4: When gluing the paper down some of my paper bled, so I lightly went over the white areas of the canvas with white craft paint.

Step 5: Paint on your branches

Step 6: Seal the canvas. I just used Mod Podge since it was already on hand.1.10painting-05

In the girls’ room these will not be hanging this close together….1.10painting-07

While I was working on these, Littlest Brother joined me in the kitchen. At one point he tried to quietly push the chair over to the countertops. He returned, with the chair and turned it where it was facing the opposite direction of where I was. He thought he was being sneaky, but I knew what was on those countertops.1.10painting-081.10painting-09

Handful. Can I say it again? HANDFUL!!!!

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  • Kimara - This is adorable. I love the simple lines. Wonderful craft for those new to paper art. I’ll be linking on Facebook. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cherished Hearts Vintage - I absolutely love these.

  • Melissa - This is so creative! Thank you for posting this. I’m just really impressed and excited to try one of my own.

  • Week 3- Alana Kelly « TwinGeekz Artz Project - [...] a little picture I made for my sons room using scrapbook paper. I got the inspiration from this post, but I made an owl instead of a [...]

  • Kathie - Love this project…I loved it so much I made one of my own! :D

  • Teresa aka Tess - The bird paintings are wonderful. I love the colorful papers you used. The little guy is a cutiepie. Thanks for posting the tutorial. Easy to follow.

  • rachel - do you have any templates for this?

  • Shannon Quinn - Very inspiring:) Thanks! I’m your newest follower!

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  • Pam - Cute bird pics, but my buddy is really cute! Love the picture of him with the cookie…he looks so onory!

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  • Jaclyn Scott - What a gorgeous picture! I loved it so much I had to share it on my blog:

  • Melissa - Where did you get the image from? So I can find one similar. thanks!!

  • tricia - I did this a loved it. thank you

  • Sofortkredit Online Kredit - Superb website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Kudos!

  • Madie Foux - Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your rss feed and I’m hoping you write again soon!

  • Leanne - This is so cute! (and your little guy is adorable!) My baby daughter’s room is a bird theme, I would love to make this for her room! thank you for the great tutorial! (found this on Pinterest)

    Leanne @ Because (I Think) I Can

  • Jessica Reel - I love your fireplace! Can you post a full pic? I’d love to know how you made it.

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  • Gwen - Super cute idea! I just might have to do this myself.

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  • Yvonne - A lovely tutorial, simple but efective little artworks ! thanks for sharing. You have a gorgous little guy :) x

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  • Hannah - So cute! I tried it and it looks beautiful. Thanks :D

  • Sue Woodward - I love your ideas. Thanks for sharing! I would also like to know how the pieces of wood below the the mantel are done? Love that look also. Thanks again!

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  • Cathy Haley - I love your bird pictures. I have been trying to glue/mod podge scrape paper to canvas as well. I have been having no luck. The paper just keeps getting wavy and curls up on the edges. It won’t lay flat with the mod podge. Very frustrating. I was hoping you might have some tips for me to help with this. They are bigger pieces of paper, so perhaps that is my problem.

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  • staci - I LOVE these! I’m so glad you posted them, they are so pretty :D

  • Molly - Lovely! Did you paint the branches on in black or is it with a black sharpie?

  • beiträge krankenkassen - Very good post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing about your weblog posts. Right after all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write once again really soon!

  • Natalie - Stumbled across these and they look fantastic. I would love to know where you got the bird outline from… adorable

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  • Tanya - Dwell Studio link is broken…

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  • The Canvas Art Factory - The bird paintings are beautiful and the colorful papers you used are a perfect choice. Great idea!

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