Tuesday, September 3, 2013

HAND PAINTING BIRD NESTS ON PILLOWS & TUTORIAL


I LOVE TO PAINT BIRD NESTS

  My client had two pillows and asked me to paint a bird nest on each one.
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TUTORIAL
That was such beautiful fabric and very easy to paint.  I used craft paints and fabric medium.
  You can find both at your craft stores.  After they're dry, craft paints are so durable and even wipeable in case they get dirty from handprints, etc. 
 If you paint on fabric, you have to be very, very careful not to spatter because, in many cases, it's almost impossible to get the paint off without smudges.  I always use something to cover up the parts I'm not painting, just to be sure.  If you do spatter, you can use regular rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip to try to remove it.  Be sure to do a little test first to make sure it won't take the color out of your fabric.
The bird nests and ivy were freehand and easy to paint because there was really no structure. You could use a stencil or any pattern and that would work well, too. 
My nest is a bit "over exposed" from the camera flash, but I'm sure you get the picture!

52 comments:

  1. This looks just lovely! Thanks for sharing your painting tips!

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    1. Thank you! My client wanted it to look french country.

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  2. Bonjour,

    Comme prévu, après mes longues semaines éloignées des blogs, me revoici parmi vous ! Vous m'avez beaucoup manqué...
    Je suis heureuse d'ouvrir aujourd'hui la page de votre dernière publication. C'est toujours un réel plaisir.
    Gros bisous

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    1. Thank you. The fabric was really nice and easy to paint.

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  4. Gorgeous, what a great idea and your next is fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank you! The fabric was really beautiful and fairly easy to paint on.

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    1. Well, it's not really easy for me, either. I'm always a bit nervous that I might spatter or drip on someone else's fabric. That would not be good!

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  7. That is just so beautiful! I must try it! You do make it sound easy!

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    1. Thank you! You could use a stencil, too. I had to make sure I centered things correctly, but a bird's nest and ivy are very forgiving. You can just keep adding straw or ivy to center everything. Have fun!

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  8. Wow, That is really beautiful...........you are very talented. Love it............

    blessings, Nellie

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  9. It's that layer upon layer effect that you used in the birds nest that makes it so realistic Lynda. I have been wanting to paint one ever since I pinned the ones you painted on the buckets. Great job! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I do keep layering the brush strokes until I get the look I want. You do the different colors and just keep adding nest material. Thank you!!

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  10. This is just so pretty! Your talent never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for sharing this at TTF!

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  11. Soooo pretty! Isn't it great that you can paint on fabric too!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY, always a pleasure having YOU!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's a little harder to paint on fabric. Most surfaces I paint on are solid and easier to paint.

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  12. There is something wonderful about painting nests - you did an amazing job - I know fabric is not that easy! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy -

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  13. LOVE IT! I totally painted what I call a "hippie" bird this week on a wall. I am in LOVE with it. I was shocked that I could pull it off but luckily...mine was basic shapes!!! See...I am inspired! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Follow Along!

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  14. Lynda! You pillow is beautiful!!! And thank you so much for the tips! I've learned the hard way that paints and fabrics are quickly permanent partners. :(
    We're blessed to have your share your Great Ideas with us here at Project Inspire{d}! Have a wonderful week!

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  15. Beautiful and delicate, love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Ana! It was a bit tedious trying to keep the paint from splattering.

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  16. I always enjoy your posts...and your talent. :)
    This is a beautiful nest.
    Here from Centerpiece Wed

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    1. Thank you so much, bj! It's never easy for me. It's all hard work, but I do love what I do.

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  17. What a beautiful job you have done painting on fabric, just love the nest. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! That fabric was so beautiful to work with.

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  18. You are so blessed to be able to paint images that way. Really love how the nest, eggs and vines look on that gorgeous green fabric. Enjoy your talents, think we all appreciate them. Happy weekend

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    1. Thank you so much! I do feel blessed and appreciate that you like my artwork.

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  19. It's beautiful Lynda! So unique. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend! ~Deborah

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  20. Beautiful Lynda. I love them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you! This client always gives me interesting things to paint.

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  22. Lovely pillow! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday! hope you'll link up again at this week's The Submarine Sunday Link Party!

    Navy Wifey Peters

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  23. Lynda, the link to the tutorial doesn't seem to be working for me. I'd love to see it!

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    1. Hi Deborah. "Tutorial" is not a link. My tutorial is below the word "Tutorial". I'm just telling you the way I did it.

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  24. You did such a great job with this, I find it scary painting on fabric, it's so easy to get it wrong.

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    1. Thank you! It is scary, but if I mess up I just paint my vine a little longer or something else on top of it.

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  25. This pillow came out so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Debi

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