Painted Greenhouse Birdhouse

Materials

  • Wooden birdhouse, 4”x9”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Teal, Bright Yellow, Colonial Green, Deep Burgundy, Dioxazine Purple, Foliage Green, Graphite, Grey Sky, Heritage Brick, Honey Brown, Jade Green, Lamp Black, Limeade, Milk Chocolate, Navy Blue, Neutral Grey, Pineapple, Plantation Pine, Raw Umber, Razzle Berry, Slate Grey, Teal Green, Terra Cotta, Titanium White

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: Series 7300 Shader #2, 4; Series 7000 Round #0, 1, 4; Series 7350 Liner 10/0; Series 246 Rake Fan #1; Series 8400 Angular Shader 1/2”; Series 410 Deerfoot Stippler 1/4”; Series 275 Oval Mop 1/2”
  • DecoArt: Duraclear Matte Varnish, Multi-Purpose Sealer

Basic Supplies

stylus, sandpaper, tracing paper, painter’s tape

Directions

Note

  • 1. Use appropriate-size brush unless otherwise specified.

Birdhouse

  • 1. Sand rough edges. Seal entire surface. Sand. Basecoat entire house Grey Sky.
  • 2. Print out patterns. Copy patterns onto tracing paper. (Note: If using a different shape birdhouse, windows will need to be adjusted. Use photos as a guide for placement.)
  • 3. Transfer window mullion patterns. Use painter’s tape to tape off mullions. Use Titanium White to basecoat mullions until opaque. Remove tape. Use thinned Navy Blue and 1/2” shader to float shading on window panes. Mop to soften floats.
  • 4. For stones, bricks, ground, and perches, apply band of tape on bottom edge of birdhouse on all four sides. Transfer stone pattern. Basecoat stones Neutral Grey. Use Graphite to float shading and Grey Sky with touch of Titanium White to float highlights. Use thinned Graphite to float shading along bottom edge of stone area. Remove tape. Use Honey Brown to basecoat area below stones, bottom of birdhouse, and perches. Let dry. Use Milk Chocolate and 1/4” stippler to pounce over bottom of birdhouse and perches. Transfer brick pattern. Use #2 shader and Milk Chocolate, Deep Burgundy, and Terra Cotta to basecoat bricks. Use touch of Grey Sky to drybrush highlights.
  • 5. Basecoat tables Milk Chocolate. Use Raw Umber to float shading and Honey Brown to float highlights. Use Raw Umber and 1/4” stippler to tap in soil on table. Let dry. Tap Honey Brown over top of table randomly. Use Raw Umber to basecoat spade handles; drybrush highlight using Honey Brown. Use Slate Grey to paint metal areas of spade; drybrush shading using Graphite.

Front of Birdhouse

  • 1. For front of birdhouse, transfer door and pediment pattern. Use #1 round and Titanium White to basecoat door and window frames. Use Titanium White and stylus to add dots evenly around circle detail on front and back of house.
  • 2. Transfer patterns for plants. For hanging spider plants, use Milk Chocolate to basecoat baskets; drybrush highlights Honey Brown and float shading Raw Umber. Use thinned Plantation Pine to stroke leaves from center of basket outward. Let dry. Use Jade Green to add center of leaves and Limeade to highlight randomly. Use slightly-thinned Titanium White to add variegated highlights randomly.
  • 3. For yellow pot on left, basecoat tall pot Bright Yellow. Float shading Milk Chocolate and highlight Pineapple. Paint rim with brush mix of Pineapple and Titanium White. Use deerfoot stippler and Bright Yellow to pounce yellow flowers. Use dirty brush and brush mix of Pineapple and Titanium White to stipple highlights.
  • 4. Basecoat green pot Colonial Green. Float shading Antique Teal. Use thinned Plantation Pine to paint tall spiky foliage. Overstroke some spikes Jade Green and highlight with touch of Limeade.
  • 5. For yellow pot on right, basecoat Pineapple. Float shading Heritage Brick. Paint rim Bright Yellow. Use thinned Plantation Pine to basecoat foliage; highlight foliage with thinned Jade Green. Use liner brush and brush mix of Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White to tap in flowers. Let dry. Randomly add touch of Bright Yellow on flowers.
  • 6. Basecoat small pot Terra Cotta. Float shading Heritage Brick. Use deerfoot stippler and Deep Burgundy to stipple flowers. Use dirty brush and touch of Titanium White to tap in highlights.
  • 7. For hanging flower pot, basecoat pot Milk Chocolate. Float shading Raw Umber. Use thinned Plantation Pine to stroke stems from center of pot. Use #0 round and Plantation Pine to stroke leaves from center of pot, gradually making them smaller towards ends. Highlight leaves Foliage Green. Double-load #4 round with Razzle Berry and Titanium White; basecoat irregular shapes for roses.

Right side of Birdhouse (with tall potted tree)

  • 1. Basecoat all pots and trays Lamp Black. Float highlights Graphite. Use deerfoot stippler and Plantation Pine to stipple foliage in trays and upper left pot. Use dirty brush and Foliage Green to stipple first highlights. Use dirty brush and touch of Limeade to add additional highlights randomly. Use liner brush and Plantation Pine to stroke spiky foliage in center and far right pots. Use dirty brush and Foliage Green to stroke in additional foliage; repeat with Limeade. Use Razzle Berry to stipple foliage in large tray. Use dirty brush to stipple touch of Titanium White randomly. Repeat using Dioxazine Purple and Bright Yellow for small trays.
  • 2. For tree, paint trunk Raw Umber. Let dry. Stroke in highlights using Milk Chocolate. Use thinned Milk Chocolate to paint branches and twigs. Use deerfoot stippler and Plantation Pine to pounce foliage. Use dirty brush and Foliage Green to pounce highlights. Use #1 round and Plantation Pine to stroke leaves over top of foliage randomly.

Back of Birdhouse

  • 1. For topiary, basecoat pot Slate Grey. Float shading Graphite. Paint rim Graphite. Basecoat trunk Raw Umber; overstroke with Milk Chocolate. Use deerfoot stippler and Plantation Pine to stipple foliage balls. Let dry. Use dirty brush and Foliage Green to stipple first highlights. Let dry. Use dirty brush and touch of Limeade to stipple additional highlights.
  • 2. Basecoat daisy pot Colonial Green. Float shading Antique Teal. Use Colonial Green and touch of Titanium White to drybrush highlight down center of pot. Use liner and Honey Brown to paint stems; add additional stems with Jade Green. Use #1 round and Bright Yellow to paint centers; float shading at base of centers Honey Brown and highlight Pineapple. Stroke daisy petals Titanium White.
  • 3. For pot on left, use deerfoot stippler and Plantation Pine to stipple foliage. Use dirty brush and Foliage Green to stipple first highlights; add additional highlights with Limeade.
  • 4. For violet pot, use #4 round and Dioxazine Purple to paint petals. Let dry. Overstroke with Titanium White randomly.
  • 5. For hanging coco basket, use deerfoot stippler and Milk Chocolate to stipple basket. Use dirty brush and Raw Umber to stipple shading. Use clean, dry brush and touch of Honey Brown to stipple highlight. Use liner brush and Honey Brown to tap in basket hanger.
  • 6. Basecoat remaining hanging baskets Milk Chocolate. Float shading Raw Umber and highlight Honey Brown.
  • 7. Use Graphite to paint hooks, chains, and wire on baskets. Highlight Slate Grey.
  • 8. For spider plant, refer to directions under Front of Birdhouse. For hanging plant on right, use thinned Plantation Pine to stroke stems from center of pot. Use #0 round and Plantation Pine to stroke leaves from center of pot, gradually making them smaller at ends. Highlight leaves Foliage Green.

Left Side of Birdhouse (with potted and hanging pl

  • 1. For topiaries, use Slate Grey to basecoat pots. Float shading Graphite. Paint rim Graphite. Basecoat trunk Raw Umber and overstroke with Milk Chocolate to highlight.
  • 2. For tall topiary, use deerfoot stippler and Plantation Pine to stipple foliage. Let dry. Pick up Foliage Green with dirty brush and tap in color. Let dry. Highlight with Limeade.
  • 3. For short topiary, use chisel edge of #4 shader and Plantation Pine to tap in foliage. Let dry. Pick up Foliage Green and tap in first highlights. Add small amount of Limeade on tip to add additional highlights.
  • 4. For empty pot, basecoat Terra Cotta and float shading Heritage Brick.
  • 5. For fern in tall pot, use Slate Grey to basecoat pot. Float shading Graphite. Paint rim Graphite. Use 10/0 liner and thinned Plantation Pine to paint stems. Let dry. Use brush mix of thinned Foliage Green and Limeade to stroke wispy fronds.
  • 6. For hanging basket, basecoat basket Milk Chocolate. Float shading Raw Umber and highlight Honey Brown. Use deerfoot stippler and Plantation Pine to stipple foliage. Use dirty brush and Foliage Green to stipple highlights. Stipple Limeade randomly for additional highlights. Use liner brush and Graphite to paint chain hanger. Highlight chain Slate Grey.

Finishing

  • 1. Use rake fan and thinned Titanium White to stroke diagonal window glass reflections. Let dry. Seal all surfaces with several coats of matte varnish. Let dry.
by Darlene Scott and Linda Hollander

Patterns

http://dd4t7shsv7606.cloudfront.net/patterns/2789/89032f69-cd33-499a-aa5b-73ea39e3654b.pdf



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