Friday, June 17, 2011

Birds and Branches

One of my best friends asked me to help her with some lingering projects in her house. My friend is one of the handiest girls I know. She bought herself a sewing machine and taught herself to sew, she can change light fixtures, and build anything.  She had these canvas prints hanging in her dining room that she had grown tired of.  She wanted to give them a new life and asked for my help. 
We spray painted them Rustoleum Lagoon, which is a beautiful bold aqua color.  We did some sketches to get an idea, hers on the left, mine on the right.
She enlarged and printed some birds found on Google images.
I free handed the branches using pencil first and then outlined them using white house paint.  We traced the birds with pencil and then just carefully painted on the lines.
Here we have the most adorable helper filling in the white part of the branches.  She wants to be an artist when she grows up.
Here it is.  We connected the branches between the three canvases.  The birds represent Mom, Dad, and two kiddos.  Cute, huh?
 Here it is hanging on her wall.  I love it!
It is totally changing the feel in her dining room.  Now, to change that light fixture.  My friend happens to have a chandelier in her garage that she bought online a few years ago and it wasn't quite was she had envisioned when it arrived. I am getting my hands on it.  I can't wait.  It's going to be a mini dining room makeover at no cost.  I got home and remembered Lesley doing an adorable bird art, go check it out. 
Cute, right?  Well, so my friend's project was really not difficult. It just took time and patience. What do you think?

I'll be linking up my project to all these parties


Allison 6/17/2011  

Awesome! I dream of doing something like this, but don't think I can pull it off. You did a beautiful job!

Life, Crafts and Whatever 6/17/2011  

that looks awesome! I swear, chick, you have more talent in your little finger than most people have in their whole bodies!

Melz 6/17/2011  

Great job! Love the colors!

Ali Richardson 6/17/2011  

SO SO awesome!! It's SO much better!

Jodie 6/17/2011  

Love the blue. Would really like to incorporate that color in my family room.

Unknown 6/17/2011  

Love it! Love that your kid got to help too! I would love to do a painting on my own sometime...someday right?! Nice work friend
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Mindy 6/17/2011  

I love all things bird and this is no exception. I love it! It reminds me of some wall tiles I have ripped out of a Pottery Barn, (or is it Crate and Barrel?) catalog that I've always wanted to attempt. Love, love, love.

Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons 6/17/2011  

What a good idea to update old paintings! I love the combo of blue and white.

Jacqueline 6/17/2011  

I love the blue! I did the same this myself for two cheap paintings I covered and free handed branches and birds. Yours looks terrific!

Lil Mama Stuart 6/17/2011  

came from TT&J - love three paneled art :)

Barbara Pilcher 6/18/2011  

Great idea and great tutorial. This is such a fun solution to art we're tired of.

I've used a similar approach to up-cycle ugly, cheapo art in good frames at second hand stores, but I like the idea of tracing images from google. That makes it an easy project.

gail@My Repurposed Life 6/18/2011  

that is such a great re-do of those canvases. It now has such meaning! :)
thanks so much for sharing this with us! love it

Honey I'm Home Blog 6/19/2011  

How brilliant & creative to use something she already had! I love this project & I'm sure my readers would too. Please drop by & add it to my linky party!

Warmly, Michelle

Brandi 6/19/2011  

this is such a great example of re purposing what you already have. great work. i love that the little birdies represent her family. thanks so much for sharing.

Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living 6/19/2011  

Wow. That looks great! You and your friend are so talented. I love the bird idea. You have to really look to find the little ones. I love your blog BTW!

Unknown 6/19/2011  

Hi there, I'm your newest follower, found your blog from the linky party on C.R.A.F.T.

Unknown 6/19/2011  

Love it! Great job.

Debbiedoos 6/19/2011  

Hi there, thanks for joining me...please add the button that is on my post for the party. Thanks so much. We want to spread the love and share the party with everyone.

Anonymous,  6/19/2011  

I love this,, just beautiful,,

Katie 6/19/2011  

So cute! I love birdies, and blue, so I love this! Looks much better than it did!

Ashley@ 6/19/2011  

LOVE it! Sooooo cute! BUT, you are talking to a bird-decor lover... see:

I need to try and DIY my own bird art some time soon!

Screaming Sardine 6/19/2011  

I like it. Very good idea of updating an old canvas with something new!

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Crystal 6/19/2011  

Wow! I am amazed at how wonderful they look! You did a great job! I am a new follower from Homemaker on a Dime! I would love for you to stop by and visit my blog sometime! I also host a weekly weekend blog party! I would love for you to link this up! :) Have a great weekend!

Tauja @ Simply Mod Mom 6/19/2011  

This is AMAZING!! I think Blue Lagoon might just be my next spray paint purchase! It's such a beautiful,summery color! Love it!!

Rita 6/20/2011  

I love it! Great job :)

Rust-Oleum Scott 6/20/2011  

Wow, talk about transforming a room. What an amazing new look and the Lagoon color works so well. Simply amazing! Great job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum.

Angie - Big Bears Wife 6/20/2011  

Hello from your Newest follower :)

I love this!! I want to make one of these for our living room! I'd like to make black on with white birds and trees I think... maybe :)

Love the Site! I hope you'll come check out my site and follow me as well.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ 6/20/2011  

So updated and fresh.

your new follower

Ginger Snaps 6/21/2011  

Very nice. :) Following you from MMM. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. The most viewed link will win a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels. This week I’m co-hosting with Reasons to Skip the Housework…so links will show up on both blogs! How fun!


Unknown 6/21/2011  

How lovely!!

I host a weekly Friday link party I would love you to join if you are interested!


Unknown 6/22/2011  

Love it! I am a new follower and I would love if you came and followed me back at A Sew Chic Boutique!

Kathleen 6/22/2011  

I would love to have those hanging up to look at every day! Thanks for the inspiration.

jess@balancing the dream 6/23/2011  

Great painting!! i love the shade of blue!

Lesley 6/23/2011  

Ok, so you know I adore this. Anything with birds is awesome but you made some very cool pop art here and should be super proud!

Ilana 6/24/2011  

this was fantastic! great color choice, rally eye catching and meaning full to boot :) kudos! i am pinning it!

Spunky Junky 6/24/2011  

WOW, they look 100% better! I love the color and how each canvas flows together! sweet job chicka!

I am featuring you on Spunky Junky this week!


Amanda @ Little House on the Corner 6/26/2011  

It looks GREAT! I love that Lagoon color and how the birds and branches pop off of it. So creative!

Stopping over from the Whatever Goes Wednesday party. :)

Unknown 6/29/2011  

Great way to make something beautiful out of an old painting...

Stopping over from the blog block party...would love for you to stop over and say "Hi"...

Carolyn 7/02/2011  

I love the way the canvas' flow together. Very effective.

Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town 7/12/2011  

Nicely done! Love the birds.

controlling craziness 10/11/2013  

Love this idea. I'd like to do something similar in my kids bathroom. Pinning this so I won't forget. Thanks for the tutorial

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