Before I blogged, I was painting and re-doing furniture pieces, painting simple nature stuff on wood. It’s truly therapeutic for me. I went into my attic and found my bird paintings that I did on a wood medium. I’m always changing things around, and taking things out and putting back into storage, so sometimes i forget about my handmade projects 🙂 If you want to learn it, and like a challenge, try it!
Supplies to paint the birds
- Acrylic paint (any colors)
- Artist brushes several sizes (thick and thin brushes)
- Wood panels (I used drawers from my antique armories that I converted for my TV)
- 1×4 pine wood
- Turquoise color paint
- Satin clear finish
- Glue for wood
- Tiny nails
- Coarse sand paper
Shhh…I painted these birds with stencils!
Print the bird and cut out the stencil. Tape the stencil on the wood and outline stencil with chalk. You can adjust the size as you see fit. No two birds are alike.
Once I position the bird on the wood. I printed a picture of a stencil branch. This part I actually drew on myself with chalk directly on the wood. You can tape stencil on and trace if that’s more comfortable to you! Just practice painting branches on paper they are quite easy to draw…I created some large leaves instead of the small.
Once you position the branches and birds on your medium you can print-out a bird stencil that has outline of areas where you want to apply the paint. I used acrylic paint and an artist brush. Take your time and do one part at a time. When you are done, let it dry for a few days and apply the satin finish to protect the wood and birds. Let dry for another day at least, as it takes time to make the frame and nail onto the board.
Feel free to use my colors.
Measure all 4 wood board sides and go to your local hardware store to buy your 1×4 pine boards and have them cut to measurements.
Tip: Tell the store clerk to have the corners mitered so the wood pieces can fit perfectly like a puzzle.
Take them home and paint them lightly with the turquoise color. Once it dries, take coarse sandpaper and sand the pieces until it looks distressed. Glue the wood onto the wood board and nail the sides with tiny nails.
This is supposed to look old so the nails don’t have to be perfect!
“Walk with Nature”