Monday, March 16, 2015

Birds and Nests...It's Spring!

I had the best time yesterday afternoon.  I played with gesso, paint, background paper and a Sizzix die.   

These three photos are of my bird nest process. I took a piece of Scrapbook paper and stenciled several colors of brown, tan, cream.  I used a piece of a metal grill rack as my first stencil. The metal is in a diamond design. I turned is in several directions using different shades of paint.  I also used a stencil that looked like camouflage that I bought at Wal-Mart. It was part of a set of six or eight small stencils.  After I had all the browns and tans I went back over the whole page with a bit of olive green.  

Next I cut my page into strips with my trusty 15 year old deckle scissors. I have sure gotten my money's worth out of those little scissors.  I wove the strips and then attached them to a piece of sticky paper so it would stay together when I cut it into a nest shape. I added thin bits of the same paper around the top of the nest because it looked too much like a bowl instead of a nest. 

I took a credit card blank that had a perforated edge and spread gesso with it to make lines on the background.  I used homemade Salty Ocean spray paint (Distressed reinker, matte medium and water) and let it drip over the page filling in some of the line. I repeated that with yellow spray paint that I can no longer remember how I made it. 

The branches are made from card stock and stenciled with brown and tan similar to how I did the nest. 

I used a gelli print that I made last year and a Sizzix die to make the birds. I trimmed their wings so I could have a bit of pink showing. Cobalt blue and sepia Archival inks were used to shade the edges of the birds, branches and nest.  The leaves are a The Crafter's Workshop stencil and olive green Archival ink. 

I am linking to: Paint Party Friday, Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, Art Journal Every Day


  1. Pretty and very unique!! Sounds like you had so much fun!

    Hugs Giggles

  2. You did great with this Boo. What a clever way to make a nest. Adding the bits along the edge was the perfect finishing touch. The birds are fabulous too. The whole page is fantastic!! ((Hugs)) :o))

  3. Your collaging just makes this piece come alive. Well done!

    1. Thanks so much, Jessica. Birds are one of my reoccurring themes I am finding.

  4. Love your journal page! Your intricate nest looks amazing! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

  5. Awesome page! I love the patterned birds and the weaved dimensional nest. Thanks so much for joining us this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  6. Wonderful journal page! Love the nest and bird! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  7. amazing! can't believe you weaved the entire nest, it turned our gorgeous! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!