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!).
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