I was perusing some thrift store shelves recently and came across this box of manilla envelopes. So cool! For $3 I felt I couldn’t go wrong. No sooner were they on my desk then they started calling to me. Why I was inspired to put birds on the cover I don’t know, but I love the result!
The tree branches and trunk were created using the edge of a Distress Ink pad. I’m really happy with the tree bark bits left un-inked – it adds dimension. I knew I wanted to add some collaged leaves, so the stamped birdie images are just a place holder for the bird cut-outs coming up.
I restamped the bird images onto pages from an old dictionary and used distress inks to bring the birds to life. They aren’t ready to be glued down, though, because these birds need some shade and I want them in the foreground, not the background.
Here are my “leaves.” I used Distress Inks (once again!) in various greens to colour another dictionary page. Then I had fun ripping up the paper into leaf like shapes.
Golden’s fluid matte medium makes sure everything stays in place as I divvy up the shades of green for more visual interest.
It’s starting to look a little more tree-like. Don’t worry, those birds aren’t going to fade into the background!
Here there are, these beautiful birdies looking sharp amidst a shady tree.
It makes me so happy to look at this little scene! I think the blue bird is my favourite. Which one is yours?
I have about 25 envelopes left… any ideas for what to do next?!
17 thoughts on “Bargain Birdies”
Christina, it’s fabulous, loved how you created the leaves from the torn paper and the birds double stamped is a marvelous idea!
I like the idea of making the birds from the written pages, each day I learn new way to be creative. Thanks!
I just love these chubby birds…makes me so happy.
Linda, I totally agree with you. The birds always make me smile!
are you making art to mail? it would be so cool to get mail with birdies on it!
That’s a good idea. I can’t part with the one above, but I’ll think about adding something to my next bit of snail mail!
I love your birds!! Just beautiful
Thanks so much! Those are some of my favourite rubber stamps.
This is so cute and inspiring!
Thanks so much! They were really fun to make and I just adore those birds!
This is such a wonderful, fabulously fun piece. I love it! Thank you for sharing the details.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the kind words!
A happy piece of art!
I agree! I can’t think of many things happier than chirping birds! Thanks so much for visiting!
May I ask what technique you used to color the birds? I know you said you used the distress ink pads, but how did you apply the color? Also, what did you end up doing with this envelope piece? What other ways have you ended up using the other manila envelopes? Sorry, I know… a lot of questions. You are so talented, I’m just so interested. Thank you so much!!
Beautiful, I love the little birdies!
These chubby little happy birdies are just precious! Maybe you could use different mediums/techniques to create different birds or animals on the other