Bird Brain

There was great excitement and anticipation on opening the first DT package to arrive from The Altered Element.  For the Upcycle Challenge Lynne supplied me with 6 children’s building blocks. My eyes zoomed into FLY and so Bird Brain was born. Also hidden in the package were 3 Adirondack Colourwashes. As I knew that I had to supply Bird Brain with a dress I was able to incorporate the Colourwashes into the Upcycle project.

I now introduce you to Bird Brain


Supplies –

Character Construction – French Laundry

Butterscotch Adirondack Colourwash

Watercolour paper

Archival Sepia Ink (Ranger)

Koh-I-Noor Watercolour Pencils

Feathers, Gauze Squares, artificial ivy leaf, 3 children’s building blocks.


Stamp top part of female onto watercolour paper with Sepia ink. You need to do this twice. Colour with watercolour pencils. Cut around image and leave a tab. Build the blocks to spell “FLY”, glue together. Adhere the two images together (creates more solid structure). Bend tab and glue onto block. Spray Butterscotch onto craft mat. I diluted with water to create yellow. Soak up solution with gauze swabs (I used 3). Drape to create a dress.  Add smallest feather to her head, two feathers to create wings and feathers randomly scattered in her dress. Stamp and cut out little bird image and glue one in her hand, one on her head and randomly in her dress.  Add decorative ivy leaf to her waist.

She is now ready to go to any Woodland Ball.

Over the next few weeks there will be some more upcycle projects using the remaining 3 blocks and projects using the Adirondack Colourwash sprays.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annie
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 13:08:11

    Oh, she is adorable – I love her! How imaginative.


  2. Chris
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 13:29:52

    Lynne, you’ve done a wonderful job with your building blocks. You have a great imagination and great style.


  3. Nicks
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 13:59:48

    ooooo she is lovely! what a great way to use the blocks, looking forward to seeing what you get up to next!


  4. alcoholinky
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 14:49:37

    what a very clever idea Lynne. beautiful skirt!


  5. cockney blonde
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 15:03:46

    Brilliant project. You are so inspirational, x


  6. Cath
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 21:23:24

    Gosh, Lynne – that’s really creative. You’re amazing. I’d never think of half the things you do, lol.


  7. Penny Bearcroft
    Mar 27, 2010 @ 09:25:34

    She’s FAB!!!I had the blocks too, and I am amazed that we could come up with such different ideas.


  8. Lucy Edmondson
    Mar 27, 2010 @ 15:35:26

    This is amazing, Lynne. I bet the other Lynne will be pleased with it. I really wouldn’t have thought of using the building blocks in this way. You are definitely not a Bird Brain!

    Lucy x


  9. craftytrog
    Mar 27, 2010 @ 18:09:18

    Wow!! She is stunning in her ballgown! Fabulous artwork Lynne! xx


  10. Judith Grant
    Mar 28, 2010 @ 00:37:23

    love the innovative way you’ve used the blocks and made something so lovely out of them-very cool 🙂


  11. debbiek
    Mar 28, 2010 @ 00:54:08

    Love it Lynne. Very, very creative. I can identify with that “bird brain” theme too…lol!


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