Thursday, 30 August 2012

Bird Collage Tutorial - with Printable Templates!

You can make a collage out of bits of coloured card or paper - even pieces of felt or lace, buttons etc.... Just make a picture or a design and have fun with your group!

For my Bird Collage you will need....

A3 card for background. (any size will do - just adapt it)
Coloured card for the birds, flowers hearts and leaves
Dark paper or card for the fence
One smallish doily for the bird wings - mine was 16cm diameter
Small shiney flat bottomed beads for the eyes and flower centres (or use buttons or contrasting card)
Piece of cotton lace (43cm) or any kind of trim will do
Self adhesive butterfly stickers (optional)
Glue stick
Double sided adhesive pads

How to make... 
Using the templates cut out the birds, flowers, leaves and hearts. (I used my Big Shot die-cutter for the flowers and hearts, but have given you templates to use instead) 

Cut your doily in half and fold each piece into three, making a cone, with the join at the back. Stick the join with a bit of cellotape. Cut a slit in the bird, on the line marked on the side of the bird and slip the point of the folded doily into this slit. Fix into position with a small piece of cellotape at the back of the bird.

Bird Template
Flower templates

Heart templates

Cut out your fence and posts - mine are 15cms high and each post about 2cms wide. The centre piece or "gate" is cut in one piece and shaped along the top. (easy if you fold it concertina style and cut the curved tops all at once)

Using your glue stick, stick on the fence, birds, flowers, hearts and leaves. Stick on your beads or buttons.

Using double-sided sticky pads, attach the length of lace trim along the bottom edge.

Finish off your collage with some butterfly stickers...

Have fun!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Summer in Suffolk...Poppies, Sheep and Roses!

We took a drive out into the beautiful Suffolk countryside a few weeks ago - the weather was perfect.

Unbroken blue skies and just a rustle of a breeze.

We came across this field of scarlet poppies, just by chance........ near Bury St. Edmunds. 

The intense colour attracted us, as well as many beetles and insects - what a feast!!
In contrast, we watched these sheep finding the cool green grass, under a huge spreading tree. 
    This was near the Bradfield Park Campsite, where the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers set up camp and enjoy the outdoor life - not always in such perfect weather, I might add!


The palest pink rose - Suffolk grows them best!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Use a Doily to Frame Your Picture!

 Haven't we had a wonderful few weeks of being part of the London 2012 Olympic Games...

What emotions we have been through, as we cheer on our countries, watch in awe as Medals are won, shed tears with the athletes who didn't win, but admire their courage in adversity...

Phew...and next are the Paralympics, so keep watching and be amazed at the human spirit, the courage and the achievements in these games.

Today, I thought I would give you some simple but pretty little pictures to paint or colour-in and then frame with a doily.

I have given you two pictures to download and print, but you can use anything you might already have. Here are my two pictures

Old greeting cards are also a good source of pictures, that you can cut out and stick onto your doily.

I printed my pictures on a "black and white" printer and then got out the watercolours and painted parts of the pictures. 

If you would like to see more of my watercolours (ACEO's which are 3.5 x 2.5 inches in size) then click on "My Ebay" top right. 

For those who have never heard of ACEO's!! ... Enthusiasts collect these cards - as you will see there are hundreds of them offered on Ebay. 

I don't collect, but I love to paint them!