Whenever possible, I like to bring nature into my
whether it is with a plant or fresh flowers, or other decorative
element. Year round, I love to spend time in my screened porch,
endlessly observing the outdoors. It is so relaxing for me. I
wanted to make a birdhouse for my screened porch. This house didn't end
up as just your average birdhouse. I'd say it was a bit "stylish". If
it were placed outside, I think only the
classiest of birds could inhabit it.
Next, I added glaze medium to a small dab of beige acrylic paint. I left the paint/glaze partially mixed. I painted the sheer/streaky mixture onto the roof, using vertical paint strokes. This gave the finished roof a dimensional look of wood.
Step 2 - After the roof was dry, I stamped a flourish from Buzz and Blooms Pretty Things I stamp set at the top edges of the roof using green chalk ink. Stamping on this glazed surface gave the stamped images a weathered/aged look. I heat set the images with my heat gun.
Using an antique gold acrylic paint, I painted the edges of the roof and the birds perch. I also mixed some antique metallic gold paint with some gel medium, and made subtle strokes on the top and bottom edges of the roof. Again, this added some age and dimension to the roof. Gives a patina.
Step 3 - With a fine/thin paint brush, I painted whispy grass blades on all sides of the birdhouse. I used 3 or 4 shades of green/yellow paints to paint the blades of grass.
Step 4 – With a small size alphabet, I stamped “you can fly”
on the front of the house, using chalk ink.
Step 5 – To further embellish my birdhouse, I glued a piece
of ribbon leaves onto the birdhouse, going from the birdhouse doorway curving
it around to the side panel. I made sure
that only the vine was glued down and that the leaves were not.
I punched a dozen sunflower images out of printed
paper using a ¾” paper punch. I added
diamond glaze to each flower. After they
were completely dry (overnight), I “cracked” each of them. I then adhered them randomly to all sides of the birdhouse.
Step 6 – To further enhance the look of my stylish
birdhouse, I chose to add two Buzz and Bloom Nautilus Scroll chipboard pieces. I used one large and one small size. I
inked them both with green chalk ink. For interest, I stippled them with rust, light green, and gold chalk
ink. I attached the large flourish to
the front of the house, and the small one to the eave at the pitch of the roof.
Step 7 – My final step was to paint 4 round wooden balls with white paint, and attached them to the bottom of the birdhouse. I gave the balls a wash of antique metallic gold paint.
The house is now ready for both humans and birds to enjoy!!!