Here it is!
I've had the bird house for quite a while and I decided to work on it a few months ago when I found these fantastic papers at my absolute favorite paper arts store, The Queen's Ink. I love poppies and I loved the polka dot paper. Both the house and the paper sat in my studio since May and last week I decided the time had come. So, I got to work!
I painted the house with red acrylic paint and then made a pattern for the front and back so I could cut the polka dot paper accurately. That was easier said than done, but it worked out after a few adjustments. The roof used a coordinating stripe and then it was time for the poppies. I love making flat things dimensional so I cut duplicates of each flower. I applied the first set to the front of the house and then cut the parts that were the front petals of each flower and attached them to the corresponding part on the flower with foam tape. I then used a toothpick to curl parts of the edges. I had already glued a die cut medallion with a hole cut in the middle around the opening. At this point I didn't know how to proceed. While walking around Michael's one day I came across these little picket fence pieces in the unpainted wood aisle. I also found the little bird. He was pink but a little Distress stain took care of that. I painted the fence pieces and sponged some Vintage Photo Distress ink on them. The little bird on the fence was a Tim Holtz charm that I painted to look rusty.
A little moss at the base of the fence and the little newly colored bird completed the front. The sides also had the fence pieces and the moss. The moss served to help glue the fence to the base and added a little shrubbery to the house.
I then went to work on the back.
More fence and moss, of course, but also a sign to let everyone know that this is a simply artful house! The key hole and key is in the back so that it's not readily seen from the front and other birds can't just go in and make themselves at home!!! I don't know if you do that, but I often create a little story in my head when I'm working on a project like this.
Here are some close ups of the details.
The side and roof.
The rusty fence ornament.
And, the flowers.
I hope you've enjoyed the tour of the artful bird house. I had a great time making it. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful day and that you do something creative!