DIY How to Paint a Bird’s Nest on Wood using DecoArt Chalky finish paint. This nest painting tutorial shows how you can use just about any paint to create art.
This How to Paint A Bird’s Nest tutorial is so easy you can do this with your kids. An easy DIY rustic art project using chalky finish paint instead of art acrylics. You can paint this on pallet wood, a canvas or attach boards together like I did!
I love painting on wood, there is just something so organic about it. You could certainly paint a background color rather than having just a stain but I thought I could make it rustically appealing letting the wood shine. Now let’s get started and paint a bird’s nest.
Are you ready to paint!
Bird nests are a great natural decorative touch.
Painting yourself such a great rustic piece to hang in your home should not take you long.
This also would make great garden art if you seal it well.
You can use a variety of paint colors, not just the ones I share today, get artsy with it. I used the chalky finish paint that you would use repainting furniture to show how you can use many types of paint to make your art, you don’t have to stick to the traditional “art” paints.
At the moment I am loving the look of dark stained wood but this would work just as well on a painted background. You can easily do this on a canvas.
Surface to Paint a Nest
I started by staining my wood a Dark Oak and cutting it to size. I used pine 1 x 8’s cut 28.5” long. I stained the side edges of the boards too.
(CLICK HERE to view a full step by step of how I cleat the boards together)
Now you have a surface to paint on, this one measures about 28.75 x 28.5.
Sketch in You Nest Area
I used a 1 inch flat brush to paint the nest materials.
Start Painting Base of Nest
I start by stroking in the dark brown and black, the center you want to be very dark to help set the back drop for the eggs.
Then loosely stroke in the brown (Rustic) and black twigs (Carbon), straw or whatever it may be.
I used a bit of green (Enchanted) and slashed in more lines and curves, keep it loose and try not to overdo it. Less is more.
(I have to constantly tell myself this, I have a tendency to go overboard)
Crackle Medium for Texture (optional)
I painted in some crackled medium here and there so the next layers will have a crackled effect giving it a bit more interest and texture. I also painted some crackle medium into the center where the eggs will sit.
Now for some light, this is the light yellow by DecoArt Chalky Finish called Delicate.
I mixed two blues of the Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint to get a blue I liked for the eggs, Serene & Escape.
(Mixing the available colors of Chalky finish paint is easy and fun to make your own custom colors. If you do, make sure to write down how you do it, trust me, you forget. Also you can easily find a color in the Decoart Americana bottle acrylics for the eggs)
If you go over it too much it will lift off the paint.
Now shadow a bit around the eggs, some are sitting in front of others.
Add a touch of highlights.
I slashed in a few pieces of nesting material in front of the eggs to set them back a bit more.
Finish it off with an exterior protective finish, I use Varathane Spar Urethane, it is water-based and does not amber.
Now step back and gaze at your lovely work.
Don’t forget to sign your painting!
I used chalky finish paint for this but you are welcome to use Craft Acrylics in comparable colors.
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Using an exterior finish means you can hang your painting outside as well, this would make great garden art. You need to coat the painting on both sides with at least 4 coats of the varathane and let it cure a good two weeks in a warm, dry environment.