The babies are starting to leave me. Today, little Glitter went to her new home, she is living now with a reader of this blog who happens to be in Kansas City. Glitter was the pensive pup, who was always happy to watch a while before joining in the rough housing with the other girls. Micah, the tiny little firecracker who had the most energy of all, is with her new family too. Tinker Bella has gone to live with Teddy's family.
Today, I've been busy at work in the studio painting drawer pulls. I had a boxful, some from Beth,some that I harvested from dressers when I fixed them up and changed out the handles to glass knobs. The first step in the redo was to prime them with a can of Zinzer spray primer. Then, I painted them white with acrylic craft paint.
Are you up for a how-to? I thought I show you the steps in painting a nest. First, start with a nest shape blob in dark brown.
Next, add two vaguely egg shaped blue blobs.
Add white highlights to the eggs.
Switch to a thin, liner brush and outline the eggs in the same dark brown used for the back ground of the nest.
Now, switch back to a small, round brush and load it with yellow and tan.
Add some of the yellow tan color, in lines that follow the shape of the nest.
Repeat with a layer of olive green.
This is all about the layers. Let each previous layer peek through the next. Don't go at this with a heavy hand, let your layers of color build up, just as a bird would have built it with layers of sticks.
Now is time to switch back to the thin, liner brush. Using the dark brown, follow the shape of the nest again with your strokes. This time, be a little messy, with "twigs" sticking out all around.
Repeat the last step with white or ivory.
Fine tune the nest by outlining some strokes with the dark brown on a liner brush, here and there as needed
To finish, brush on a water based clear coat, or spray with a can of poly. I prefer the brushed on method myself. It might look like this was a lot of steps, but really, it goes fast and unsure, shaky lines make even better twigs than perfect lines! So give it a try, a nest is a simple thing to paint.