I wanted to share another BEAUTIFUL handmade gift that’s hanging on the wall in Gwen’s room. It’s this lovely birdie print that was made by one my dearest girlfriends Nicole.
When I was pregnant and didn’t know the sex yet of the baby, Nicole showed me a page from the recent Pottery Barn Kids catalog and told me she’d be painting this print for the baby (if it was a girl). It’s a very lovely print, I was completely surprised & excited by her generous offer.
Once it was confirmed that we were indeed going to be having a girl Nicole asked me to pick out the paper that she should use for the birds, flowers, and butterfly. I selected the Lemonade collection paper by BasicGrey. It’s the same paper that was also used by Michelle when making the baby girl banner I shared yesterday. This design is really interesting because it uses a combination of paint & pattern paper to make the birds & flowers. The patterned paper gives the print much more detail than what you’d get with just paint alone.
I am so amazed with how beautiful the final print turned out! Nicole is one talented girl to be able to paint a picture like this. I have no painting abilities so I really appreciate & admire people who have painting/drawing skills. It’s not an easy thing to do. I sure LOVE having talented friends that have strong abilities to create beautiful crafty items!
Close ups showing the detail on the birds, flowers & butterfly:
I asked Nicole how she made the birds & other shapes….here’s what she said:
“I did it all freehand, starting big and then “shaving down” the shapes to be the right shape and size…better to start big and go smaller from there.
It’s ONE of my favorites because it was for your baby girl. And I even told you when I saw the catalog that I would paint it for you. Just spoke to me!
Also, I’d like to give the original artist props for the design/color combinations and hopefully a compliment that I wanted to re create it for your room with original materials.”
I had so much fun searching for the perfect paper to match the green paint (Benjamin Moore- potpourri green) that was going to be used on the walls.
Original Picture- Here’s a picture of the print Nicole used as the design from Pottery Barn Kids catalog. (thank you to the original artist-we love your creation and hope it’s a compliment that we wanted to paint your beautiful print!!)
Here’s what it looks like in the room hanging above the bookcase.
THANK YOU Nicole for creating a beautiful picture we’ll treasure for years!
There were five paper options that I narrowed it down to when picking the perfect pattern for Nicole & Michelle to use on the handmade items for Gwen’s room:
1. American Crafts-City Park
Love the blue, yellow, light pink & dark pinks used in this line. The brown is great as this is an accent color in some of the bedding. I didn’t end up choosing this one but the colors here are very close to the one I did use. I did get some of this paper to do a few layouts in her baby album that I can’t wait to use.
2. Fancy Pants Designs-Wishful thinking
I like the pink, blue & yellows that are in this line. I like the sanded/cloudy effects of these papers that make them look lighter. But there’s red here and that’s not a color that’s being used in the room.
4. American Crafts-Backyard
The pink, yellow, blue, brown and green are great colors but almost match too much with the colors in the room. I needed to have two shades of pink and the patterns have bigger shapes that won’t work on smaller items.
4. BasicGrey- Urban Prairie
I liked the solid colors as they matched the colors of the room very closely: the bright blue, green, yellow & pink. However, the black/browns were a bit too dark and this was an older line so it might have been hard to get ahold of.
5. Basic Gray-Lemonade
This collection has six solid prints in the perfect colors: a bright fuchsia, light pink, crème, light yellow, green and teal blue. It also had 12 pattern papers that give so many options. I knew that this line was going to be perfect for Nicole to use when creating the birdie print. These colors/patterns are so lovely & uplifting!
- canvas (24×36)
- acrylic paint
- modge podge (to make it shiny & the paper thicker)
- Basic Grey pattern paper (Lemonade collection)