bird art on the fly

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I have a pair of birds similar to these lovelies hanging in my dining room.  I bought them for five dollars at a local discount store.  My mother-in-love almost always comments on how much she loves them.  So I scoured every mall, every store, every online boutique for something similar and could. not. find. a. single. one.  I had a choice.  I could either paint the birds onto glass--which, trust me, would have resembled a third grade art project--or find some other way to get the look.  They say invention is born of necessity.  I found another way.

.". How to make instant bird art on glass .".

.".  Buy frames and remove the back using a hobby knife
.".  Find two bird prints you like (make sure you check for a copyright)
.".  Edit the pictures to fit the size of your frames  (the ones I made in the above photo were 5 by 7's)
.".  Print the pictures in the correct size
.".  Take the copies to a local print shop and have them color copied onto transparencies.
.".  Cut out your prints.
.".  Turn your frame face down and remove the glass.
.".  Run a strip of clear silicone around the edge of your frame where the glass will rest.
.".  Quickly place the glass into the frame, using a cloth to press the edges down  (just to     keep the smudges off)
.".  Apply another layer of silicone around the edges of the frame, this time on the glass surface.
.".  Place the print right side down onto the glass, using your cloth to smooth the edges.
.".  Allow to dry over an hour before hanging

This post is linked to the fabulous Today's Creative Blog, A Soft Place to Land, and A Silly Little Sparrow.


Ultimate internet store said...

I see some good things on your blog.
Your blog is very impressive.I would like you to make a visit on my website.Because i have made a art workshop on internet to provide you a brief information on art. I have some good paintings and drawings from france and also i have some quality paste colored drawing from paris all this things i have uploaded to my site so i want you to visit this site.

Also you may comment them so i can make my work better and better.

Thank you.

Kristin said...

Very neat, Joye!! What a great idea and the possibilities really are unlimited!

Andrea said...

They are beautiful.

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I deeply appreciate them.

Blessings, andrea

He & Me + 3 said...

seriously, everyone in blog land except me is so creative. Great job. They are beautiful.

Cha Cha said...

You are my hero. I have to pictures like this but want a third. I have tried to special order them and can't. I can make one , You are te best. I will email you if I TRY IT. THANKS FOR SHARING AND HAPP NEW YEAR

Mich said...

you are so creative.

Polly@MakeMineBeautiful said...

Such a fabulous idea. I never thought to copy pictures onto transparencies. I've copied them on everything else, and now I'll be doing that.

Thank you so much for the idea.

heidi said...

Wow! Clever! Thanks for stopping by my blog... I love your photos on here!

Gramma 2 Many said...

Love the pictures. I wish I were original like that, but if it is not written down for me step by step I just do not seem to be able to do it.
Thanks so much also for stopping by my blog, I always enjoy meeting new people.
My best advice for learning to knit is to go to your local yarn shop and inquire there. They all offer lessons, and sometimes free if you purchase your yarn from them.
Thanks again for stopping by today.

Anonymous said...

neat idea!! Love it!! Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

Kristi said...

Thank-you for visiting my blog and commenting! Love your blog too. you have so many great ideas and lovely family photos!

Deborah said...

I love the birds and the great idea. These would look wonderful in my formal livingroom.

I also love your blog. I am going to follow for all the great ideas and topics.

Jenny said...

Cute post! I saw you on Cheri's blog and thought I'd stop in and say HI! Happy New Year!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi, Joye! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment. Your birdie art is lovely! I love anything with birds, as my little one's middle name is "Byrd." :)

Whimsical Creations said...

Those are too cute!!

Katie said...

I love it, they are so beautiful! Where did you end up finding your graphics? Did you use a no copyright book?

Michela said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love finding new blogs, I am definitely adding you to my list o' blogs. =)

Your pictures and layout are just gorgeous!

Shayla said...

Hello :)

Thank You for stopping by my blog for FMM :) !!!!

Your blog is SO pretty!!!

I love this little tutorial those frames are such a wondeful decor idea!!!

Have a Happy New Year! and feel free to stop by again!!!


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