Bless this nest

Our new bird feeders have proven very popular so far this year and we have had a variety of birds visiting our garden, so I created a page to celebrate birds at springtime and I can imagine the little bird on my page is saying “Bless this nest” (grin!).

I’m also joining in the fun over at Art Journal Journey with my spring related page where I’m hosting the Hello Springtime challenge – I hope to see you there!

The background is collaged and all the paper pieces were ripped along the edge and then edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck in place using a glue stick. I added tissue paper from an old dressmaking pattern and some leftover pieces of brown paper and then added the nest of eggs and a couple of feathers which are rub-on transfers from Royal & Langnickel. I then fussy cut the bird from an old magazine and used the green and brown paper pieces that surrounded the bird for the background along with some pieces of sheet music to represent birdsong. I stuck the bird sitting on the branch in place and also added pieces of paper to create a branch on the left-hand side of the nest so it extended across the page. Then I added the green leaves which are from the same set of rub-on transfers. Next I added some numbered Tim Holtz Salvage Stickers and stamped the background using a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and black Archival Ink. I added the wording which are wooden tiles and then splattered the whole page with black and white DecoArt acrylic paint.

The bird on my page is called a “Blue Tit” and the one pictured here was taken recently on the bird feeder in our garden. If you are interested here are some interesting facts about this bird:

  • It is a songbird that belongs to the tit family and can be found in Europe, Asia and northwestern parts of Africa belonging to a group of non-migratory birds.
  • They inhabit deciduous and mixed forests, hedgerows, farmlands, gardens and parks.
  • Their colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and green makes them one of the most attractive and recognisable garden visitors.

The nest on this page also reminded me of our visit to America last year as our friends had quite a few robin nests around their property, here is one of them, isn’t it amazing! I’m told that seeing these robins over in America is a sign of spring (grin!).

Challenges

I always enjoy taking part in Challenge Blogs, like Art Journal Journey, as they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

With the script stamp, numbers on the salvage stickers and alphabet letters and numbers on the wooden tiles I’m pleased to join the Numbers and/or Letters challenge over at Country View Challenges.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Bless this nest art journal page.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Style Dressmaking Pattern
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Design Block 25 x 25cm)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Bird’s Nest #ROY-563)
  • Old Magazine
  • Bosworth Violin Studies
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • The Works (Alphabet Wooden Tiles)
  • Pritt Stick

28 thoughts on “Bless this nest

  1. I really adore your sweet bird page Jo and all the lovely details – this would look great framed..
    With the amount of eggs – the nest was certainly blessed 🙂
    Love this time of the year watching the birds collecting their nesting materials and waiting to see what happens next. Have been watching magpies and collared doves doing that at present.
    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend… have a great, fun March!
    Gill xx

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  2. What a sweet page. The blue tit reminds me of the blue jay in our area. Jays tens to be noisy, bossy, and greedy. Robins are the first sign of Spring here. With more snow on the way, it will be several more weeks before we see them. Enjoy your day.

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  3. This is gorgeous, Jo – I love blue tits – well, I love all the smaller birds but my favourites of that species are the long tailed tit and the coal tit – both so tiny. You’re blessed to have them in your garden – I miss seeing them since I moved to a terraced house on the main road 😦 It’s a beautiful image – well spotted – and the rubons worked really well on your page. Lovely bit of collage, too 🙂 Have a special week 🙂
    Cath x

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  4. This page is absolutely G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S Jo! I love how you used this amazing image of the “Blue Tit” so masterly, what a fantastic Mixed Media collage – made by a Mixed Media Mistress!
    You have such a feel for all who is needed to make wonderful masterpages! What a talented Collage artist you are!
    We thankfully have many “Blue Tits” ( Blaumeisen) here in our garden and our two nesting boxes are well used each year – some years they brood twice during the warm time .
    Love the wonderful image of this robin nest – this colour of the eggs is simply amazing!
    This titmouse eats so mannerly at the feeder – just now our birds just
    We got sun this afternoon, so we could have a nice walk with the dogs after lunch. I so hope after 3 days of mostly wind and rain spring will again start it’s brealthrough.
    Happy rest of Sunday! Thank you for a wonderful inspirational page for the lovely theme you are hosting at AJJ!
    Thank you so much for putting the hostes button in at your sidebar! ♥♥♥
    Happy start of the new week tomorrow!
    Hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! We have rain today rather than the lovely sunshine we had last week, although I’m not complaining it allows me some crafty time …lol 😉. Also our robin is not deterred by the rain. I’ve seen him on the feeder quite a few times today 😁. Enjoy your walk, happy Sunday and wishing you happy new week too! J 😊 x

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  5. Such a nice spring page. I love the bird we call “Blaumeise”. We have a couple of them in our garden this year. The natural nest with the amazing blue eggs looks so decorative. Nice to have you as a guest designer at AJJ.
    Happy March
    Hugs
    Sabine

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  6. I love the images in your collage, a lovely symbol of spring! How wonderful to watch the blue tits feeding from the bird feeder in your garden! I enjoy feeding the birds in our garden, too. Mostly we have sparrows and blackbirds, but also a few finches and mynas, with the occasional thrush.

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    • Thanks so much! I love to watch the birds too, we had a flock of Goldfinches in our garden yesterday which was amazing 😁. We have resident blackbirds too as well as wrens, robins, great tits, cole tits and quite a few starlings (which I think are similar to mynas). Wishing you a wonderful new week! J 😊 x

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  7. This is a Gorgeous Art page Jo !! Really amazing !! I love the little blue bird, the nest and all the details you have added, Congratulations !!
    I love birds, and I cried a lot when my last perruche died ten years ago 😦 I some days give them food when I go for a walk with my dog.
    I wish you a very nice new week, and send big hugs
    Caty

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  8. I really like the title you gave your fantastic journal page Jo. The blue tit must have taken ages to
    fussy cut. We have some who visit our garden as well, they really are such lovely coloured birds.
    Hope the coming week will be a good one for you Jo. We have gales forecast her tonight.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. This is one perfect for spring! I like how you combined various papers with the bird photo. It really makes the photo pop off the page. And yes, they say our robins are a sign of spring. I have seen quite a few robins lately but still no spring weather. Hopefully the robins are a sign that spring is really coming soon. Smile. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

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  10. The first time I saw the words “blue tit,” I thought someone was being vulgar. I was surprised to learn it is an actual bird. I also learned we don’t get those here in the States. That’s too bad, because it’s a gorgeous bird.

    I can’t believe your fussy cutting. The claws around that bird show how carefully you cut. I was blown away by this work of art, a genuine masterpiece. I was so impressed with the entire piece, including the background. But that bird was what blew me away. Thanks for making such a fabulous work of art for us at Art Journal Journey, dear Jo.

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  11. Love the title for this page Jo. Its a fabulous background with so many details for that fussy cut Blue Tit. Feeding and watching the garden birds is one of my favourite pleasures, although Black birds are my favourite- and one in particular who sits by the patio door when he want feeding, he doesn’t fly off till he’s full!
    Have a great week. Avril xx

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  12. Hello dear Jo! What a beautiful page! I had to look twice, I really thought the little blue-tit is alive and visited your artjournal, while you tried to take a picture in your garden *lol*. It really pops out of your page!
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Challenges this month!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Evelyn xx

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  13. Jo this is most delightful, the Blue Tit is such an attractive Bird a beauty to see in any garden. Your post is super informative I think all these amazing creatures are busy with their nests. I’m so looking forward to seeing all your Springtime creations this month.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

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