Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Spring time nesting

As Spring has officially sprung I'd like to share my mixed media birds nest 
with you all, using media from both indoors, outdoors and elements of nature
.. and enter Rubber dance Stamps Everything Spring Challenge with my project.


Please join me on my bird nest building bullet point journey.

1: Mix Americana Burnt Sienna and Burnt Orange DecoArt Acrylics with PVA.
2: Saturate twine, string and torn calico by soaking into the mixture.


3: Onto a painted wreath ring build up layers of the soaked calico, twine and string
4: Stamp and emboss Rubber Dance Stamp Textured Feathers onto painted paper.
(I purchased mine from UK retailer Thats Crafty)


5: Highlight and colour the feathers with Posca Markers, cut out and adhere to the ring.
6: Adding natural elements like twigs,leaves and garden foliage help to simulate a nest.


7: Halved clear plastic egg shells have been speckled on the inside using a posca black marker then painted on the inside with chalk paints of yellow, white and duck egg blue.


8: Painted Black card glued to the ring creates the nest base for the painted egg shells.


9: Dried tea leaves have been sprinkled around the shells to replicate the earth.
10: Stamped Rubber Dance Textured Leaves have been coloured with 
promarkers, cut and glued in and around the nest. 

Just another element of nature among many that a bird may use to feather its nest 
all coated with a layer of DecoArt Matte Medium.


... and my project is complete...

Thank you for sharing your time I hope you have been inspired.

Until next time
Creative Hugs from Tracey xxx

14 comments:

  1. Tracey this is amazing, loving this project with the eggs and nest, cleverley made. It's Autumn here in Australia, but still hot and humid where I live in Newcastle...2hrs north of Sydney...xx ♥[aNNie]

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    1. Thanks Annie.. I came across the eggs in my stash whilst looking for something else, it seemed a good time to use them. Spring like Autumn are both my favourite seasons xx

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  2. What a wonderful project, so clearly explained! There are so many clever ideas in this, I have oohed and aahed all through your post. The feathers and leaves are so realistic. A lovely dimensional piece.

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    1. Thank you Chris, I made smaller versions with a group a few years ago and always wanted to make a large version but never got round to it, when I saw the stamps I knew they would be perfect to help create it xx

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  3. This was absolutely stunningly gorgeous! You really amazed me With you Project. Thank you so much for joining Rubber Dance Everything Spring Challenge and for using these wonderful textured feathers stamps!
    Hugs, Anita

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    1. Your so kind Anita, Happy to be able to take part this month and my Textured Feather Stamps seemed to fit perfectly with this months Theme. Hugs Tracey xx

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  4. Oh WOW!!!! This is so so awesome. Brilliant. Thank you for joining us over at the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugs, Susanne.

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    1. Thank you Susanne, so glad to have the time to take part this month.. Hugs Tracey xx

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  5. What a beautiful project! Oh my gosh, I love those feathers! Such a great springtime happy make! :) Hugs, Autumn

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    1. It was a fun make I must admit Autumn, Happy you like it. Hugs Tracey x

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  6. WOWZA, this is sooooo cool! What a fun project and clever ideas! This is a real jaw dropper (is that how you say it in English?). Thank you so much for using our stamps this way - I LOVE it!! Thank you for joining our Spring challenge at Rubber Dance ♥ We start a colour challenge today, come have a look! :)

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    1. Haa haa Yes it has been known for us in the UK to say Jaw dropping occasionally, Thank you for your kind comment Bibi. I enjoyed putting this creation together its always great to be able to create outdoors and incorporating my Rubber Dance Textured Feathers was a, added bonus for me.. Hugs Tracey xx

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    2. Thanks, I wasn't sure if it was an expression I had made up or heard somewhere, but its self-explanatory and I really meant it!! :))) I look forward to warmer days here in Norway so I can create outdoors! xx

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    3. No it's for real :))) Roll on those warmer non rainy days xx

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