This pattern was generously donated by Dawn Seevers and is her original design, copyright owned by her. You may use it for your own use only. You may sell items you have made using the pattern, but you may not sell the pattern.
What the artist says: "I have always loved a wide assortment of crafts, my favorites being painting, cross stitch/stitching and crochet. I recently discovered and taught myself Decorative Painting and spend my free time painting on an assortment of 'finds'.
Initial base coat: large, flat brush: #5/8
Base bird house: smaller flat brushes (depending on size of area): #6,#4 and #2
Float the shade: angle shader: #1/4 (a flat shader could be used as well)
Outlining: liner brush: #0
This project was done on a breadboard, but could be painted on most anything. The breadboard was base painted in Antique White. When base coat is dry, transfer the birdhouse pattern.
NOTE: Transfer only the birdhouse part of the pattern - the vine will be transferred later. If you get the whole thing transferred, that is fine; you will still transfer the vine again later.
To transfer pattern:
Dawn suggests graphite paper or sewing transfer paper. She says, "I prefer sewing paper because it comes in different colors and it rubs right off if you make a mistake." Simply place the transfer paper between the pattern and your object to be painted (transfer paper coating side toward your object). With your pattern face up over the object and transfer paper, simply trace all lines of the pattern. The pattern will rub off onto your object.
Paint your layers following the steps below, in the order given.
1. Base in the colors:
Main part of birdhouse........................Country Blue
Top of roof and perch..........................Barn Red
Bottom part of roof and heart............Wedgewood Blue
Checks at bottom of house..................Barn Red and Yellow Ochre