Wednesday 21 September 2016

2016 #18 Birdhouse {by Bracken Sparkes}

2016 Topic 18: Autumn Leaves

Hi everyone, It's me, Bracken, again! Hope you're all okay? This time I've been busy making a bird house not only for a bird but for a Hedgehog as well, which I have named Hogwart:)

1. First I painted the house with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Slate(All paints used for this project were Fresco's), then applied Crackle Glaze in a few spots I'd like the cracks to show. Once that had semi dried, I painted Stone on top of the glaze and the rest of the house.

2. Next I mixed Slate into Grunge paste and covered the roof in it using a thin layer as well as the little ledges on the base. The underside of the roof and base were just normal Slate without the Grunge paste.

3. Using a trusty glue gun and small round wood chips bought at The Range, I glued together a stand for the bird house. As the chips were layered, I encorporated fake moss also bought at The Range (live for that stuff! cool and handy!)

4. I wanted to wind some sort of twig round the house but couldn't find one thin or bendy enough to wrap round it so took a small piece of one of my mum's ornaments...Sorry mum! (she didn't mind really). I attached that using the glue gun.

5. Onto a piece of thin card, painted chunks of Autumn Fire, Brown Shed, Cherry Red (limited edition:(),Claret, Blood Orange (Sadly no longer with us:(...But Claret is almost identical anyway), plenty of Irish cream (Good bye old friend:(...But Mushroom isn't a bad alternative) and Caramel. Once that'd dried, I stamped the cluster of leaves from the Squiggly ink set Flora and Fauna 3 using Jet Black Archival ink. They were then all cut out and stuck onto the twigs using the Ranger Glossy Accents.

 Flora and Fauna 3 
6. Hogwart was Stamped onto Yellow tissue paper which had been painted in watered down Toffee and Irish cream. He was then stamped with Black Staz-on. Hogwart was from the Squiggly ink Flora and Fauna set 2. He was also attached to the house using the glue gun.

Flora and Fauna set 2.

If you wanted to do something different, you could always create more of a silver themed bird house by adding treasure gold to the leaves and using glossy card to cut the leaves out of.

Hope you liked this are having a great day. 
Happy making.

See Ya, ArtymeB:) X

Please feel free to cruise my blog but please be aware that I'm literally going into Exams head first at the moment so haven't and won't be able to post anything until at least next May so I can really focus on getting that good result.

Great to see you here Bracken, we know how busy you are and wish you well with your final exams at school. Wow, such patience to cut out all those tiny leaves, but a fantastic result. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

wow, this is fabulous! love the wood chips making up the base; and the hedgehog. Good luck with the exams. Helen

Miriam said...

Great the Base and hedgehog.....good luck with the exams

craftimamma said...

Good luck from me too Bracken and I'm glad you took time out to del8ght us with your lovely little house.

Lesley Xx

Kirsten said...

That is so cute! Good luck wiith your exams, Bracken.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! That's a LOT of cutting out Bracken. Your little house looks really inviting. Lx

Julie Lee said...

Really fun little house. Hedgehogs are a favourite of mine. Lots of luck with the exams, Bracken. xx

craftytrog said...

Fantastic project Bracken! Love Hogwart the hedgehog!
Good luck with your exams.
Alison x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is a lovely bird house bracken, so full of charm! I can't believe you cut all those intricate leaves out so perfectly!

Lucy x

Anneke said...

Wow, you had a lot of cutting to do :) Lovely project!!!

PaperArtsy said...

Fantastic post bracken! That's a great arrangement, and heaps of cutting out! All the best for your exams!

JoFY said...

Bracken! Adorable project - Glad you put the paint bottles next to the house so we could see how small the house is - all that intricate cutting out! phew - worth it for a lovely project! Best of luck with the exams :o) Jo