Backstory: My mom likes birdhouses, and she wanted to have the family paint a bunch that she bought to decorate the side of their garage. So we busted out the acrylic paints and got to work! (And my sister and I drank my dad's Berry Weiss!)
How I did it: My sisters had already started painting when we got there, so they had already picked the houses they wanted to paint. My mom had given the boat-shaped house a base of white paint but asked me to paint it. I also picked the hexagonal house (which my mom later said she was hoping I'd pick to paint).
I painted the branches using dark brown paint, then added in the blossoms. I went back to add the little flower stamens, then decided to throw in some gold highlights on the branches for fun. The gold top finial was a last minute decision, as I didn't like the way it looked all pink on the top.
My mom finished all the birdhouses with a sealer so that she could hang them outside.
What I might try next time: Spray paint might be fun, at least to get a nice solid basecoat of color before doing the details by brush.
Final Thoughts: It was a lot of fun painting with my family, and discussing the different projects and colors and stuff.
Here's some pictures of the other birdhouses my family painted!
|Sarah painted the castle, and herself!|
|Sarah's log cabin.|
|A simple and perfect star.|