Monday, March 16, 2015

Free Project Plan - Framed Spring Birds

These birds are a nice welcome to Spring! They are the second in our framed bird designs - also see cardinal & chickadee framed bird project plan.

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Framed Goldfinch & Blue Jay by Cindy Dawson.


DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint:
  • Antique Gold #7009 
  • Canyon Orange #7238 
  • Deep Midnight Blue #7166 
  • Lamp Black #7067 
  • Lemon Yellow #7011 
  • Light French Blue #7185 
  • Mauve #7026 
  • Moon Yellow #7007 
  • Neutral Grey #7095 
  • Ocean Blue #7270 
  • Pansy Lavender #7154 
  • Primary Yellow #7201 
  • Slate Grey #7068 
  • Spicy Mustard #7284 
  • Titanium White #7001 
  • True Blue #7036 

Miscellaneous Supplies:
  • Weathered Wood #DS902
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer #DS917
  • Transfer paper
  • Eversand Sanding Pad #ES400
  • Varnish of choice
  • Small Twigs

Brushes used:
  • Mini Majestic #12/0 Angular Shader #RM214
  • Soft Grip #20/0 Gold Taklon Short Liner #G595200
  • Mini Majestic 1/8" Comb #RM243
  • Soft Grip 1/4" Gold Taklon Angular #G16014

  • Sand and seal wood pieces.

Painting Instructions:
  • Basecoat frames with Neutral Grey.
  • Apply Weathered Wood and let dry.
  • Paint over entire surface with appropriate colour choice: (for the goldfinch use Canyon Orange, for the blue jay use Pansy Lavender).
  • Once dry, sand lightly for a rustic look.
  • Varnish frames and let dry.
  • Transfer all pattern lines.

Gold Finch
  • Basecoat with Spicy Mustard.
  • Basecoat the beak with Mauve and paint a small line of separation with thinned Neutral Grey. Highlight above and below this line with thinned Titanium White.
  • Apply feathers using thinned paint and the Comb brush in the following order: Antique Gold over the belly, under the beak and around the neck; Primary Yellow in the eye and cheek area, above the wing area, on the back and the centre of the belly; Moon Yellow in the same manner to brighten the cheek, back and belly; Lemon Yellow to add bright highlights in areas that might need a bit more colour.
  • Basecoat the eye with Lamp Black.
  • Use the liner and thinned Titanium White to apply a small circle around the eye and a tiny highlight dot in the upper right corner. Use thinned Neutral Grey and add dots on the white ring under the eye.
  • Using the Angle Shader, basecoat the cap, wing and tail with Lamp Black.
  • Use the Comb brush and thinned Lamp Black to "feather" the cap. With this same brush thin a bit of Neutral Grey and add a few highlight feathers to the forehead.
  • Using the Angle Shader paint feather tips on the wing with Titanium White. Also add rough strokes under the tail.
  • Using the liner and thinned Neutral Grey, paint lines to separate the individual feathers on the wing and tail.
  • Add shading under the wing, beak and neck area with the thinned Neutral Grey and the Angle Shader.
  • Varnish when dry.

Blue Jay
  • Basecoat with Light French Blue.
  • Use the Liner brush to paint the eye, beak and black feathers around the head Black.
  • With Neutral Grey, shade halfway down the beak and along the top. Line the beak separation with Black.
  • Using the Comb brush and thinned Slate Grey paint the light parts of the head, neck and belly.
  • Using the same brush and thinned Titanium White apply "feathery" strokes over the lightest parts of the head, neck and belly.
  • Make the same "feathery" strokes on the crest, back of the neck, shoulder, back and lightly over the wing & tail first with True Blue and then with Ocean Blue.
  • Using the Angle brush and Deep Midnight Blue create small lines of wings along the upper wing.
  • Lightly shade under the entire wing and tail with thinned Neutral Grey.
  • Using the Angle brush paint the feathers of the wing and tail with Ocean Blue. Mix Ocean Blue with Titanium White and repeat.
  • Lightly tap Titanium White onto the wing feathers using the liner where indicated.
  • Stroke the longer feathers on the edge of the wing with Ocean Blue.
  • If you've lost some of the eye, beak or neck, go back and refine this area. Add a tiny white highlight dot in the upper left of the eye. Outline the eye with Light French Blue.
  • Varnish when dry.

Assembly Instructions for both ornaments:
  • Insert twig through the frame. Use careful applications of glue to attach the bird to either the frame or the twig. Glue the flowers onto the frame.
  • Hang from twine, wire, chain or ribbon of your choice.

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