I am in love with all the specimen art that is popping up everywhere. I did a snowman version for winter, and now that spring is here I’m ready for something new. After reading all the great ideas for the burlap challenge over at the CSI project, I fell in love with burlap and knew I had to do something with it.
I started with a large burlap coffee sack. I carefully cut the coffee sack at the seams and set the printed half aside for another project that I hope to finish soon. I can’t wait! Anyway, back to the project at hand. I drew a simple 3 bird templates in graduating sizes onto a cereal box and traced them onto the burlap.
I then dry brushed blue and green acrylic paint onto the smaller birds. I love how the painted burlap looks, simple and fresh.
I used hot glue to attach the layers of birds to each other. They looked a bit plain at this point so I added a button tied with a string of burlap and hot glued onto the bird.
I love the look of fabric matting, however it is expensive. So to create the same look, I used a light weight muslin fabric and regular white mat board. To create your own fabric matting, lightly spray the board with spray adhesive and gently lay the ironed fabric on top. Smooth out the wrinkles with the palm of your hand and then trim the excess fabric. I love this technique, it allows me to to create the perfect matting at a fraction of the cost. Instead of using the matting in the traditional way, the little birds are resting on top of the matting. This creates a textured backdrop for the birds and adds another layer of interest.
I painted the frame white, sanded the edges and glazed over the top with a chocolate glaze. I love how this turned out.