A Little Birdie Told Me Project by Dina Wakley - Stampington & Company

A Little Birdie Told Me Project by Dina Wakley

Stampington & Company is thrilled to share this project, by Guest Artist Dina Wakley, which features Dina's new scribbly birds on branches stamps. "A little birdie told me” is one of those phrases that no matter how many times I hear it, I always picture a literal talking bird. Most would try to decipher who had spilled their secrets, but I would much rather picture a quaint little cardinal, or pigeon, or parakeet telling secrets from their perch. This little bird is atwitter with secrets, just waiting to pour out its artistic potential on an art journal page or mixed-media collage.

A Little Birdie Told Me Project Directions

Gesso the background of your substrate, and let dry.

Use a palette knife to apply texture paste through Leaves media mask, and let dry completely.

Apply coordinating acrylic paint to the top of the panel, and spritz with water to spread the paint around the panel. 

Edge the panel with a contrasting acrylic paint using your finger (water it down a bit first).

Stamp the scribbly bird and saying with permanent black ink on watercolor paper.

Paint the bird with a mix of watered-down Lemon, Ruby, Tangerine, and Umber acrylic paint. Be sure to leave some white space to give the bird a watercolor effect.

Water down Night paint, and splatter it over the bird and the saying. Let it all dry.

Glue a strip of dictionary paper to the background with gel medium.

Water down some metallic paint and splatter it over the bird, the saying, and the background panel. Let the splatters dry.

Cut out the bird and the saying.  Edge the bird and the saying with watered down paint. 

Glue the bird and saying onto the panel with gel medium.

Apply tissue tape to the corners of the bird.

Add dots of red paint to the panel.

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