Whoo-hoo, I finally found some time to start decorating the birdhouse gourds. I started with 2 of them and have another 2 to go. As you may remember from the last post in the series, I had cleaned out the gourds, saved some seeds, and prepped them for painting. Raiding my husband’s office, I borrowed his acrylic paints and paint brushes and got to work.
- Variety of paints
- Different sized paint brushes
- Plate to mix colors (disposable plates work really well for this)
- Glass jar with water to clean your brushes
- Prepped gourds
I had the idea that I wanted to make one of the bird houses look like a gnome’s house, complete with a thatched roof and mushrooms growing alongside of it. Here is the finished product.
To make the thatched roof, I just blended colors together but didn’t mix them completely. I wanted streaks of different colors to show through. Here is a close-up.
I did a similar thing to the grass along the bottom.
For the second gourd, I was inspired by our trip to Australia a few years ago. (I highly recommend visiting Australia. It’s absolutely beautiful and the people are so friendly.) I particularly loved the Aboriginal artwork. It was full of rich symbolism and the colors were so vibrant. Using my memories as inspiration, I painted the other gourd in a bright red-orange. I made the paint a little thinner so that that the markings on the gourd would come through. It kinda looks like a cave painting, don’t you think?
I think I need to make a trip out to a home improvement store and buy something to seal it with. I don’t think acrylic paint will survive the elements without some protection. Any recommendations?
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