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A Painted Bird’s Nest

By: Priscilla Hauser
Priscilla Hauser
Priscilla Hauser

With "I can teach you to paint" as her motto, First Lady of Decorative Painting Priscilla Hauser has inspired thousands of decorative painters since taking her first tole painting class in the early 1960s.

In the beginning, Priscilla's path was quite different. "Mother and dad wouldn't pay for art school, so that's how I wound up in dental hygiene," she admits. Her interest in art prevailed, and she decided to learn how to paint. Her neighbors admired her work, and encouraged her to begin teaching classes in her garage. Classes outgrew her garage, and she opened Priscilla's Little Red Tole House.

In 1972, Priscilla gathered 21 people in Tulsa, and founded the National Society of Tole & Decorative Painting (today, the Society of Decorative Painting).

A world renowned teacher, author and decorative painter, Priscilla has published many books with Plaid, and is currently their spokeswoman for FolkArt.
Learn how to create a simple, easy-to-paint bird’s nest and egg!
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Supplies

Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set
Item #2295
This Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set is essential for any decoupage crafter. The Brayer is used to smooth paper, fabric and other items onto a surface, providing the right amount of pressure to eliminate air bubbles and with no mess. The Squeegee is used to press paper, fabric and other items into hard-to-reach corners.

$8.29

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #2894
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Bark Brown, 2 oz.
Item #2907
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

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FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Yellow Ochre, 2 oz.
Item #2910
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Daffodil Yellow, 2 oz.
Item #2912
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Deep Ocean Blue, 2 oz.
Item #2922
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Medium Blue, 2 oz.
Item #2927
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Licorice, 2 oz.
Item #2934
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Berry Wine, 2 oz.
Item #2941
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe satin finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

Mod Podge ® Matte, 16 oz.
Item #CS11302
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

$10.39

Other Supplies
6” x 6” Burlap Canvas
Script-style scrapbook paper (torn to a 5” x 5” square)
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam plate for palette
1” foam brush
Waxed paper
3/4” flat brush
No. 12 flat brush
Large fan brush
No. 1 liner brush
Old toothbrush

Instructions

  1. Roughly tear along the edges of a 5” x 5” piece of script style scrapbook paper.
  2. Place torn paper face down over a sheet of waxed paper.
  3. Brush a liberal coat of Mod Podge Matte over the backside of the paper using a 1” foam applicator.
  4. Center paper over 6” x 6” square burlap canvas, Mod Podge side down. Press in place using fingers.
  5. Place a sheet of clean waxed paper over area.
  6. Using Mod Podge brayer, roll over wax paper covered scrapbook square working from the center towards the edges releasing captured air bubbles and wrinkles. Lift to remove waxed paper and allow to dry 15 minutes.
  7. Brush over decoupaged paper with a coat of Mod Podge Matte. Be sure to brush over torn paper edges to seal scrapbook paper to burlap canvas. Allow to thoroughly dry.
  8. If desired, using pattern provided, trace and transfer the bird’s nest pattern using artist’s graphite paper.
    Roughly paint the oval shape of the bird’s nest using a large flat brush loaded with Bark Brown and Licorice. Do not paint the area where an egg will be painted.
  9. Deepen the color “inside the nest” using Licorice creating a shadow behind the egg.
  10. Load a large fan brush with Yellow Ochre and begin to add highlights to the bird’s nest. Continue painting in the same oval direction.
  11. Additional highlights can be added using a small amount of Daffodil Yellow.
  12. Load the No. 1 liner brush with thinned paint and begin to paint individual strands of sticks or weeds creating the nest details. Paint individual pieces using Wicker White, Yellow Ochre, Bark Brown, Daffodil Yellow and Licorice. Be use to paint very loose, wavy strands rather than straight sticks.
  13. Basecoat the egg shape with Wicker White and allow to dry. Reapply a second coat if needed to hide the scrapbook paper designs.
  14. Shade the base or bottom of the egg with Deep Ocean Blue. Allow to dry. Reapply Deep Ocean Blue to deepen the color of the egg. Allow to dry.
  15. If desired, add a touch of Wicker White to the top of the egg as a highlight.
  16. To create an extra touch of interest, “flyspeck” Bark Brown and Licorice over the entire nest and egg. To flyspeck, load an old toothbrush with thinned paint; run your thumb along the bristles and tiny fleck of paint will fall onto the painted surface.
  17. Side load the large flat brush with Yellow Ochre. While keeping the Yellow Ochre side the flat brush next to the painted bird’s nest, paint a golden shadow behind the nest.
  18. If desired, deepen that shadow using a touch of Bark Brown.
  19. Side load the large flat brush with Bark Brown. While keeping the Bark Brown side of the brush closest to the torn scrapbook paper edges, paint a shadow on the burlap canvas. If desired, deepen the shadow in some areas using Licorice.
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