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Daisy and Butterfly Birdhouse

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
This cheery birdhouse will brighten any bird's day.
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Skill Level: Advanced
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Sunflower, 2 oz.
Item #432
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Hauser Medium Green, 2 oz.
Item #460
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Calypso Sky, 2 oz.
Item #524
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Lemon Custard, 2 oz.
Item #735
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #901
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home decor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Bayberry, 2 oz.
Item #922
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Licorice, 2 oz.
Item #938
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Burnt Sienna, 2 oz.
Item #943
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Fresh Foliage, 2 oz.
Item #954
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

Other Supplies
Wood birdhouse
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam plate
Fine grit sandpaper
Tracing paper
Pencil
1/4" stencil tape
Household sponge
Waterbase brush-on varnish or spray finish (opt.)

Instructions

  1. Surface Preparation: Lightly sand rough areas with fine grit sandpaper.
  2. Basecoat body of birdhouse Sunflower. Paint the roof and base Artists Pigments Hauser Medium Green.
  3. When dry, sand if necessary and reapply basecoat colors. Allow to dry. 4. Apply 1/4" stencil tape in a vertical pattern across the roof. Using a damp household sponge loaded with Bayberry and a touch of Wicker White, sponge the untaped areas. When dry, carefully remove the tape to reveal a AP Hauser Medium Green stripe.
  4. Paint a “slip slap” background to the body of the birdhouse. To paint slip slap, double load the 3/4” flat brush with Sunflower and Wicker White. Paint short choppy strokes from the upper left to the lower right and from the upper right to the lower left. Allow each stroke to lightly overlap the previous stroke. Paint in a hap-hazard motion and allow the colors to slightly blend. Allow to dry.

Tracing and Transferring a Pattern:

  1. Place the printed pattern face side up before you.
  2. Lay a sheet of tracing paper on top of the printed pattern. NOTE: you may secure the sheet of tracing paper to your surface with a piece of tape.
  3. Using a soft lead pencil, or a fine point permanent ink black marker, trace over the main pattern lines. DO NOT worry about tracing over detail lines as they will not be transferred.

Painting Instructions:

  1. Daisies – Paint yellow daisy petal using Lemon Custard. Over stroke a few petals with Wicker White to create highlights. Paint the centers Lemon Custard shaded with AP Burnt Sienna. Highlight the centers with Wicker White. Paint tiny dots of AP Burnt Sienna and Licorice around the daisy center and accent the upper right center with tiny dots of Wicker White.
  2. Daisy Leaves – Paint the large leaves with AP Hauser Medium Green, accent with Fresh Foliage. Add small accent leaves of Calypso Sky.
  3. Large Butterflies – Paint the upper wings of the large butterfly Wicker White shaded with Calypso Sky. Add brush strokes of Lemon Custard when dry. The lower wings are painted Wicker White and accented with brush strokes of Calypso Sky. Paint the body and antennae with Licorice.
  4. Small Butterflies – Paint the upper wings with Wicker White and shade with AP Hauser Medium Green. Add Lemon Custard polka dots. Paint the lower wingers Wicker White and accent with AP Hauser Medium Green strokes. The body and antennae are painted Licorice. Finishing Touches: 1. Paint a “flight trail” of polka dots from each butterfly.
  5. When dry, apply a few coats of either waterbase brush-on varnish or spray finish to seal and protect your artwork.
Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.