"Just for the Birds"
"Deep inside her heart, I was feeling my home like a hay made nest."
-- M. F. Moonzajer
I've always loved birds. Pretty little bluebirds especially, but birds and nests in general always make me swoon. So much so, that I find myself drawn to anything sweet with a bird on it: sugar bowls, jewelry holders and even Christmas ornaments have made it home with me, but delicate as they are, they don't always stay pristine. Or, um, intact.
So, over the years I've grown quite a collection of broken birds, broken wings and, naturally, other bits and baubles. I've always wanted to do something with them, but it wasn't until I saw some large & small matchboxes in a dollar store that it occurred to me: they needed a home! And these little would-be cottages seemed like the perfect solution. . . .
Wanna know how I got there? (I took a ton of process shots just in case):
I first applied several coats of gesso before playing with the composition
Fiber paste mixed with white acrylic created this push-and-pull texture
I then applied several washes of pastel paints, splattered grey acrylic, sepia and charcoal
(Weighing their options)
Playing with the bits, baubles and plenty of things that sparkle
And securing the drawer "pulls" with wire
And the results? Tiny little altered homes. Just for the birds. . . .
Thanks for taking a peep! I'll see you around the Party!
To Love & Art,