Thursday, January 22

Butterflies and Bird Crazy

The best days are the ones I get to play in my "studio". Even a dark, cold day brightens up when playing with paints and inks and color! I just got some happy mail this week, and my "bird crazy" stamp set by Tim Holtz arrived..I love these adorable birds with the big eyes!


Aren't these the cutest little birds? I used Tim Holtz's distress watercolor technique in CC Vol. 3 (p.40) Here is the full piece in its entirety. Looks like a twitter fest.

A bit more on the background later, but I colored these sweet birds following Tim's technique, and then placed them into the collage. Of course, I had to have them "tweet!" I will be entering them into the CC3C challenge #20 here. Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring the challenge and I can say from personal experience, what a great online store! I even got some little gifts with my order! Tim and Mario generously donate a prize package for each challenge also, and you can still join in the fun!

I am also entering these little birds into Simon Says Stamp challenge Winter Stamping. It is most definitely winter in upstate NY, I am stamping these cute little birds looking out over a snowy field, and I always love seeing the winter birds, especially a bright red Cardinal.

I am participating in Creative Jumpstart with Nathalie Kahlbach. This year is by far the best!! I love all the great ideas the artists are sharing using Liquitex products. One of the artists in week 2 is Catherine Scanlon who shared a technique, I just had to try. I created both background using her technique, Liquitex acrylic paints, pen, and an everyday item. My butterfly collage follows her idea most closely. So much freedom in it!


I may end up adding these pages into my art journal, or use in a project.

What a great play day!! Stay crafty...and warm!



  1. Gorgeous take on Creative JumpStart Video by Cat Scanlon- thank you for beeing part of CJS!

  2. Look at your crazy birds!! Aren't they cute? Love your background, great technique. Thanks for sharing these crazy birds on CC3C!

  3. Hi Maura. Your crazy birds are absolutely adorable! I ordered those and can't wait to get them! Your blue background is very pretty and the crazy birds really pop from it! Thanks so much for joining us at CC3C. ,3 Candy

  4. Fabulous watercolor Maura! Aren't those Crazy Birds just the cutest! Glad you had fun with them. Thanks for playing along with us for this challenge!

  5. I'm so jealous you have those stamps already!!! SO CRAZY FUN!!!! Love the marbled background too! Thanks so much for watercoloring with us this time at CC3Challenge!

  6. Awwww those little birdies are the cutest and I love the beautiful background you created... Thanks for joining in with the CC3C x

  7. Love the beautiful background you created. Those birds are super adorable. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  8. Those birds are so darn cute and funny! Love that you have them already and have made something so soon with them using the fun Distress Watercolor technique. Thanks for sharing the link for the Creative JumpStart. I'll certainly be checking that out. The background looks very cool.

  9. Your birds are too cute! Love the colors and your background. What a fun piece.


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