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DIY Bluebird Painting

I mentioned Camp Bluebird in a previous post.  Well I am excited to be doing the craft this year!  I plan on painting this bluebird with the campers, paint party-style.  I always like to make an example in advance, just to make sure I have my ducks in a row! So here, just for you, are the steps in Jenny Hall’s first ever DIY craft tutorial:)

DIY Bluebird Painting

Supplies:

  • 8×10 canvas panel
  • Acrylic paint in tan, white, and blue
  • large flat brush and smaller round brush
  • Sheet music of your choice.  Here is what I used.
  • Black paint pen
  • Mod Podge (I used the matte kind)
  • water cup, Styrofoam plate, paper towels

DIY bird paintingStep One: Tear off all the clean edges of your sheet music.  Don’t worry too much about getting a perfectly straight line. The distressed look is the idea here. DIY bird painting Step Two: Paint the back of your sheet music with Mod Podge.  Cover every little bit, making sure you get it all the way to the edges. DIY bird painting Step Three: Using your fingers, press the paper onto the canvas. Start in the middle and work your way out, eliminating air bubbles. Pay special attention to seal down the edges. DIY bird painting Step Four: Use the flat brush and tan paint to paint around the edges. You want this part to be bold and completely covered. DIY bird painting Step Five: While the paint is still wet and you still have tan on your brush, feather the paint inward. The goal is not to make it perfectly smooth and blended, so relax:) DIY bird paintingStep Six: Blend a little white paint with the tan.  Use this lighter color to lightly brush over the remaining exposed sheet music. You do not want to completely obscure the sheet music, you just want to create a faded effect. You can blend this lighter color into the darker tan a little bit as well. DIY bird painting Step Seven: Paint the bird silhouette. Do not worry about the wing, legs, or eye. You will add these later. I painted with blue paint straight onto the canvas. If you are a little nervous about this part, then Google “bird silhouettes” and print one that you like. You can cut it out and trace around it with pencil before you paint:) DIY bird painting Step Eight: Allow everything a moment to dry. This shouldn’t take very long and you will ruin your paint pen if you use it on a wet surface. Write your quote. Take your time and don’t fuss too much over your handwriting. You may need to say “my handwriting is charming” about three times out loud:)  If it helps, then write your words in pencil first. DIY bird painting Step Nine: Add the other black details. Remember to outline your bird, draw a wing, legs, and eye. I added the random polka dots during this step. I drew them sort of messy, a look I like better than perfectly-formed little circles. DIY bird paintingStep Ten: Add little flourishes of paint. I painted a little white inside the polka dots and added little strokes to highlight the bird. As an afterthought I added tiny white dots to the bird (I love polka dots). I’m trying to keep the art supplies to a minimum for this project, but this would also be a good opportunity if you wanted to add more color. I like the splash of red I used in this bird painting. http://www.jennyhallart.com/2011/06/personalized-bird/ Voila! You’ve just painted the lovely little bird I plan to make with my happy campers:) Canvas boards fit easily into a frame or can be propped on a cute decorative easel. http://www.jennyhallart.com/2011/06/personalized-bird/ Commission a painting or schedule a paint party

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7 Responses to DIY Bluebird Painting

  1. Christy Hosey Hardy April 11, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    jenny, Clay’s aunt Barbara goes to Camp Bluebird :) She will be excited! I am going to share this with her.

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    Jenny Hall Reply:

    Oh wonderful!  Make sure she introduces herself to me:)

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  2. Ali June 8, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Hi jenny. I am a volunteer for our Camp Bluebird here in Louisiana. We were looking into doing a bluebird painting for out Oct. camp. I was so pleased to come across this tutoral. It is just what we need. I was wondering how long did you allow for the whole process at camp. Did you do any pre camp steps? And what was the estimated cost per project, or for your 100 campers? Thanks for posting this I love your style and also Pinned this site to Pinterest. Hope to hear from you soon.

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    Jenny Hall Reply:

    Hey!  I’m so glad you like it.  I’m unsure of the total, but it was under $200.  We had about 45 minutes each for two groups of 50.  
    My advice to you:
    -Have staffers mod podge the sheet music to the panels the night before.
    -Have the staffers watch the tutorial/make one in advance so they can divide and  conquer during the project time.
    -Seat campers in clusters-maybe four to a plate and water cup.  One  paint pen per group.
    -Prepare for some whose hands are too shaky to write.  
    Hope this helps!  Camp Bluebird is a great thing:-)  If you do this project, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send me pictures and send campers to my website:-)

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  3. carol Young September 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Love this. I even tried to reproduce it. Love birds.

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    Jenny Reply:

    I’m so glad you tried my tutorial! How did it turn out? I love birds too, have since I was a little girl:) What other kinds of tutorials would you like to see?

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  4. Aliza B February 24, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    I love this tutorial. It was the first one I saw when I started searching for crafting ideas. I hope you don’t mind that I linked this post to a blog article that I’m writing about Mixed Media Art. I shared a link to your page and posted a picture of your painting with credit given to you.

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