Vintage Inspired Bird Art

I have been looking for some art work for our half bath FOREVER now and just couldn’t find anything that I love or am willing to spend the money on. 
I saw this picture on Joss and Main and LOVED it but when I clicked on it, it cost over $100! 
 WHAT?! No way I was going to pay that so I decided to try making my own. 
We just put down new tile floors and did a whole mirror/light project thingy so I knew that I wanted to finally get some art done to put up in there. 
Off to Michael’s I went to get some supplies and this is what I came up with:
 I’m thrilled with them and wondered what took me so long to make some! 
It is a quick project too. 
Well, would have been done in one day if my printer didn’t decide to stop working and now I am waiting for a whole new printhead to arrive in the mail to replace my old one. UGH! 
But anyways- here is how I created them.

-Canvases- I used 12×12 sized canvases
-Scrapbook paper
-Mod Podge- I used regular and the antique Mod Podge
-And a vintage graphic or other graphic of your choice
To start, paint the canvases the color of your choosing. 
I actually painted mine with the wall color paint in our bathroom. 
I didn’t bother making sure the center of it was solid since it was going to be covered with paper. Only made sure the sides and about an inch in were coated well.
I bought both of these sheets of scrapbook paper at Michael’s. 
I’ll be using them to give a layered effect.
Before applying the paper to the canvases, I cut the center paper to fit inside the inner area of the doily paper. 
Mod Podge the first layer to your canvas and smooth out.
While the first layer was drying, I used my chalk ink to antique the edges of the inner paper. 
I used the lightest color around the entire edge of the paper first.
The middle shade I used on the corners and coming out about 2 or 3 inches from the corner.
The darkest shade I used on JUST the corners.
Then Mod Podge the paper to the canvas.
While everything was drying, I popped on over to The Graphics Fairy and picked out a couple of vintage prints that I liked and printed them out on my home computer.
I cut out each image so there wasn’t any white left on the outside of it.
I wanted to darken the creamy doily paper so I pulled out my antique Mod Podge but it actually didn’t do anything to it. 
So I took out some brown paint and mixed it into the Antique Mod Podge and coated the entire canvas and that did the trick.
 I hung them up with my trusty Command Picture Hanging Strips from 3M and I am thrilled with them! 
This one is my favorite. 
I love the colors in it and the bird is so cute! 
Travis picked out this image out of the TONS I downloaded. lol
They definitely were what the bathroom needed and totally brighten up this wall. 
I’ll be sharing the whole bathroom reveal next week along with our mirror/light project so stayed tuned! 
I’ll be linking up to some of these parties.


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  • The Thrifty Challenge
    January 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

    This looks amazing! We did such a wonderful job.I love them. I think I am going to need to copy this idea!

    January 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    This is Awesome..Love it 🙂

  • Holly Lefevre
    January 20, 2013 at 1:36 am

    So pretty. I love birdie art! What a great idea and technique…look expensive…but yet so easy!

    • AllMich
      January 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Thanks so much Holly! I am really happy with how they turned out! 🙂

  • Johnnie
    January 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love the yellow with the birds. Really cool.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    January 22, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Oh, wow! I love the neat layering you did. Great job!

  • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.
    January 23, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Those are gorgeous! Great idea! Pinning!

  • Barbara Hiatt
    January 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Really pretty! Love the vintage look:)