Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fantasy Love Birds

Hello everyone,  I hope you are doing well.  

Art Journal Journey's challenge theme for March is 'Fantasy Scene'.  I had the idea to create a fantasy  scene between two birds meeting up in the Spring 'mating' season.   Now I'm more curious about real birds -  How do they choose each other to build a nest and have babies?  Does their 'relationship' become a love story?  They are amazing to watch while building their nests.


The colours are more vibrant that my photograph is shows.   The background is Dylusions spray inks with layers of stencil images using Distress Inks over top.   I stamped Designs by Ryn's Compound Leaf around the parameter and a fragment from Chocolate Baroque's Abstract Fragments over the birds.  The birds were created with a stencil, acrylic paint and doodling.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day,
Shirley

49 comments:

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hehe, the dialogue is great Shirley! Made me laugh :) So to the point, but that's probably how it is in the animal kingdom. I also really like the combination of floral images that you used around the border. Feels like a lush forest.

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful page, love your story between the birds. Skipper sends purrs to Archie and Sheena. Hope Archie is doing better.

Gerrina said...

Beautiful page and the story with an open end is a lovely one... Have a fine day, Gerrina

froebelsternchen Susi said...

That's a wonderful page dear Shirley..and good questions about their relationships.. we don't know much about nature.... poor minds of the children of men!
Thank you for being with us this month again at Art Journal Journey Challenge!
xxx
Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

I wonder about the birds, too - they seem to always be happy and have fun anyway! Gorgeous page! Hugs, Valerie

brenda said...

Thought provoking indeed Shirley, I like to think all birds are like pigeons and swans and mate for life, but I fear that's not the case with most birds. A few weeks back one of the pigeons who frequent our gardens and paddocks was dead on the lawn, no idea how it died but it was so very sad to see it's mate, he or she just sat on the top of the hammock all hunched up for days.

Anyhow, your page is gorgeous, you know how much I love colour and the combo on this is Divine.

B x

sheila 77 said...

Oh Shirley, this is so lovely, the colours and the birds and leaves. I'm sure this one will end happily as she has put on a special head decoration and he is wearing his best hat. It's a superb Fantasy Scene.

Pat said...

Gosh Shirley you have been busy. This is beautiful with so many layers using the stencils and then Ryn's lovely stamp. The colours are rich and vibrant, and you are so clever with your extra little touches which make all the difference to the finished result. x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Proof of a true love story and heartache with birds xx

annekescardart said...

I love your story around your project,but I have no answer.
Me too find it difficult to get the right color on your foto.
Wonderful piece of work Shirley.
Greetings Anneke.

Bonnie said...

Another beautiful background and darling birds all dressed up!

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a sweet, funny and beautiful page , Shirley I love it, there is a small present for you on his way to Canada, I hope you can do something with it, and of course I hope it arrives at your place , I have given it at the postoffice yesterday , so very sooon, it will be with you!!!

Have a great day
Maria

Margik said...

Wow! Shirley. This is a gorgeous page. Love the story between the birds and the colours are fabulous.

Rianne Timmers said...

wauw Shirley wat een mooie pagina en wat een mooie kleuren ,leuk zo met die vogels .
in een woord geweldig.

Liefs Rianne

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is amusing and delightful and, of course, blooming with wonderful color, Shirley!! Those birds must somehow just find each other when the time is right and, boy, they don't mess around with courtship, do they? lol! I think with speed dating and the way young people approach it these days, we are heading towards that type of mating in humans, too! Hugs, Darnell

Sue said...

What a lovely page Shirley it made me smile so much :) love those birds and all the beautiful colours you have used huggles Sue xx

Petra Tillmann said...

Great page, Shirley!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Gorgeous...it made me smile Shirley!!! So impressive...

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Wow Shirley this is a fabulous page. Love the birds and the background. hugs x

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning, stunning pages Shirley! That gorgeous background looks amazing and those birds are so sweet!!

LonettA said...

Gorgeous fantasy scene! So lovely birds and their story made me smile! Wonderful job!

Jeannette said...

OMG shirley,iam Speechless,your Georgus fantasy scene is sooooo Beautiful,i looove the Birds and the leaves around the Edges,wonderful Green backround,i loved Green.

Have a great Week :-)

Greetings Jeannette

Sandy said...

Beautiful colors - I don't think birds talk about it all that much. They just do it but the males seem to make a lot of nose about it and they both work very well to build and home and feed the babies. I love birds and I love your journal page!
Sandy xx

Amanda said...

Fabulous colourful page! As for birds relationship protocol I think it depends what sort of birds they are, just like people I suppose lol
Love
Amanda x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

You certainly whisk us off to the most magical of lands. Adore those birds.
Wishes
Lynne

Miranda said...

What a romantic story here Shirley, do like to think that way too........love your vibrant colours and these birdies are very cute! xxMiranda

Donna Ellis said...

hahaha - what a FUN project, Shirley! I can see your smile from ear to ear making such a happy project! Pretty soon, all the birds will be in your lovely garden, singing and chirping those very words! Thank you for sharing. hugs, de

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What an amazing page Shirley. I love the colours you've used and the story you've told as well.

Sue xx

aussie aNNie said...

Oh I am in love with this one..so beautiful as nature is. Yes I have watched birds here build their nest pulling apart the filling in my hanging planters...but I just let them go...xxx

Shona said...

Hey, have you been listening to that darn Cardinal that starts his %$# singing every morning at four AM right outside my bedroom window? That noisy begger is looking for a mate, and I'm sure every female within miles can hear him. And to think I was so excited when he showed up as a juvenile last summer. He was the first male I had ever seen and now I'm not so fond of him! LOL!
Actually though, your pretty page reminds me of our Bluejay pair.They have been together for years and bring their young to our patio doors to look for peanuts. They are like pets to us and trust me, they are spoiled like pets too!
Your page is wonderful! I adore the birds and as always your colours are so gorgeous!

Ina said...

Another sensational Journal Cover. Love the work you do with mixed media. You are a real artist. Beautiful colour combinations Shirley. WOW

Wendy McCarthy said...

So sweet! Love the depth you created with the leaves Shirley, beautiful page! Xxx

Annemie said...

What an amazing journal page Shirley, and a lovely story.
A beautiful creation...

Grtz, Annemie.

Patricia said...

WOW great page with loveley birds and a wonderful background!
Greetz Patricia

chrissies said...

A real fun page with your usual feeling for beautiful colours that show off the images

Chrissie x

Paula (PEP) said...

I really chuckled at the character you doodled into those two birds. I looked out onto our bank which is pretty high up overlooking Brecon town, & there were two Drake Mallards, quite what they thought they were doing all the way up here nowhere near any water I don't know.
Paula (PEP)

Saakje said...

Waaauw Shirley. This is a georgious card.
You combined the beautiful design with a love story.
I remember you have so many birds in your garden.
A lot of compliments dear Shirley because of this card.
" lieve groetjesxxx" Saakje.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

ahhhh another love story, thanks for sharing, xx

MaryH said...

First, loved the background story that you've created with your 'fantasy'. Interesting thoughts to ponder. You have turned your 'story' into a striking piece of art, and the colors are so vibrantly spring-ish. Liked the white doodling along with the various stencils and these are some lovely violet birds! They'll be welcome at our feeder any time! TFS & Hugs

Willy said...

Ha, ha...great story and a beautiful page, beautiful colors!!

Lindeke said...

This is a beautiful page and what a lovely story Shirley! I love the colors you used here!
Gr, Linda

Greta said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Shirley! Love everything about this!

~*~Patty S said...

Your fantasy bird couple is so charming and WOWEE on your gorgeous colors and textures as well dear Shirley!
I enjoy the birds each and every day here in Virginia.
That said...soon the robins will be staking their claim to nesting spots and they can get very territorial :)
Happy spring weekend to you and yours
oxo

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful page in great colors.

Karin said...

Wow beautiful journal page, great bird story!
have a lovely weekend! Groetjes karin

kaybee said...

I love the whole blended background - colours and images - and the birds are literally fabulous! I love birds, and yesterday I was amazed to see a pheasant strolling down my street - never seen a pheasant before in an urban environment! I did take a photo to prove I wasn't imagining it!

Shirley Chillman said...

This page is fabulous, how tweet do those birds look.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Shirley Ross said...

How fun with your journal! I have watched video of birds flirting around with each other! Your cover isn't just beautiful, but it has to make anyone smile! How totally cute too!!

Janny said...

Wow many new art and cards on your blog. Beautiful Janny