Thursday, March 19, 2015

MIxedMediaMonthlyChallenge "Birds of a Feather"

My "birds of a feather"  was inspired by my new Gelatos set of yummy bright colors.  I used the wonderful selection of pink, red, and soft orange  to make my birds look like they were of the same species, tho I've never seen a pink bird!

I wanted to use a stretched canvas to display my "Springy Birds" and just happened to have one on hand.  I also was excited to pull out my Gelatos I received as a gift, and have some fun.

First I worked on the flower and some grass using texture paste.  After the paste dried, I played with my Gelatos using the green for grass and a mix of 4 colors for the flower.  I love the way just a bit of water spread the color around so nicely.  Then set aside to dry.

Next was drawing the bird shapes on the canvas along with their legs.  I let this dry a bit.  Then had fun with each of the 4 flower colors on 4 different birds and then mixed the colors on the tiny top bird.  Again I used some water to spread the colors out and past some of the outlined birds.

I Cut wings for each bird from some canvas fabric that came with my Gelato set perfect for a wing.  I stitched around each wing to keep the fraying contained and then used the same color Gelato on the wing and again used some water to spread.  I attached the wings with 3 French knots to the bird.

I used a large bead for each bird eye and stitch onto the canvas.  Then I matched some of the colors used in the flower with beads and glued them around the flower.

The stem is a piece of cord that I glued down, then sketched some leaves that I colored with the green Gelato.

Love my Gelatos and if I don't win some with this challenge....I'll definitely buy more yummy colors!


  1. Very pretty canvas. Love the colors of Gelatos that you used. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  2. Cute canvas! Love the stacked birds! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  3. Oh this is just adorable!! And I love the canvas fabric wings ... great texture!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

  4. simply sweet canvas! i love that you drew those birdies yourself. glad you enjoyed the gelatos, i LOVE mine! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!