Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fiona Watts bird-spiration 2: be-birded tray

Fueled by the success of my other bird doodle projects( see (and also the fact that I enjoy drawing them) I made a tray for my husband's grandma as a birthday present. I bought a plain wooden tray at the craftshop and used acrylic paint and a permanent marker for the contour and varnish.

I was able to finish this during roughly 1.5 nap-times discounting the varnish. Of course nap-times are subject to variability given the difference between children... so I'd say about 2- 2.5 hours for the whole tray, but I used a hair blow drier to hasten the drying of the paint.:)

I plan to make one for our house as well.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

City scape on wood

Another Fiona Watts inspired project...

In her book 365 things to make and do, there is a section that shows readers how to doodle cityscapes.
I took it up a knotch and drew the cityscape on painted wood with a permanent pens (fine and medium) sized tips. I liked the outcome so much that I made a second one with colorful buildings.

Fiona Watt's bird-spiration

I have already blogged about Fiona Watt's great book from Usborne before (
and now here are some projects that were inspired by the bird drawings the book teaches.

This is a piece of wood I painted with acrylic paint and drew on with a sharpie type pen. I first drew the birds with a pencil and retraced the lines with a pen and then erased the remaining pencil marks).

The other project is a pencil box for my cousin. Here I painted on the wooden base with acrylic paint, drew the bird shapes in pencil, painted the the birds then using a (fine tipped) permanent marker, I retraced the contour of the birds and drew the faces, wings. Finally, used an acrylic varnish to protect the surface.