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Love Birds in a Heart Tree

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I’m sure you’ve seen a variety of different birds on a branch silhouette designs out there, I know I have. But what about love birds on a branch? Amazingly enough, there are lots of those too! I wanted to paint a small canvas with love birds on a branch, just for Valentine’s Day as a fun piece of decor that isn’t too big and intrusive.

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

 

love birds on a branch google image results

I did a google search and checked for images I could draw some inspiration from. As you can see, there’s quite a few different versions, but the one in the lower right caught my eye because of the heart shaped leaves.

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because I’m left handed, but I wanted my branch to start from the left. So I opened the image in Photoshop and flipped it. Disclaimer here – this photo belongs to Deposit Photos I only used it as inspiration, my tree and branch design is considerably different.

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

First I drew out my design, using the photo as inspiration. I started off with an 8×8 canvas and used graphite transfer paper (similar to carbon paper) to trace my design onto the canvas. When I was done (and after I made a pattern for you guys) I experimented with a dark color in the background, right onto my drawing. I didn’t like it. But just for future reference, this is a great way to experiment on paper before actually painting your design on canvas.

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I painted the branches and the birds first. I actually used a brown metallic paint for the branches, specifically Americana Dazzling Metallics in Rich Espresso. Then with Dazzling Metallics Festive Red I added the large hearts. For really small hearts it was easier with a toothpick. I also used Emperor’s Gold and Festive Green on the painting, but you can get all that info in the full printable instructions below. :)

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I originally made this painting for JoAnn Fabrics via DecoArt.

Birds on a Branch: Love Birds in a Heart Tree on Canvas - CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

More Birds on a Branch Paintings

Silhouette on canvas – Crafts by Amanda
Another silhouette on canvas – Just Paint It

More of my wall art

White Cherry Blossom Tree Painting
Button Tree on Canvas
Colored Denim Circle Tree
Distressed Crackled Vintage Map
Weathered Newport Beach Sign

Love Birds in a Heart Tree

Rating: 51

Love Birds in a Heart Tree

What you need:

  • 8x8 stretched canvas
  • Flat, round and liner paintbrushes
  • Graphite transfer paper
  • Pen or stylus
  • Printable pattern
  • Americana Dazzling Metallics
  • Emperor’s Gold
  • Festive Green
  • Rich Espresso
  • Festive Red

What you do:

  1. Place graphite transfer paper carefully onto the canvas and place pattern over the top. Use a pen or a stylus to trace over the pattern, transferring it to the canvas.
  2. Use a flat paintbrush to paint the bulk of the tree branches with Rich Espresso.
  3. Use a round paintbrush to paint the thinner branches and the birds with Rich Espresso.
  4. use a round paintbrush to paint the larger hearts with Festive Red.
  5. Use a liner paintbrush to add the smaller hearts with Festive Red.
  6. Use a round paintbrush to add leaves to the tree if you like.
  7. Use liner paintbrush to add a few random hearts with Festive Green and Emperor’s Gold.
http://craftsbyamanda.com/2013/02/love-birds-on-a-branch.html

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16 Responses to Love Birds in a Heart Tree

  1. 1
    Amanda says:

    So pretty and sweet!

  2. 2
    Maria says:

    I wish I was crafty! Love this!

  3. 3

    This is beautiful and I really like the use of metallic paint on the tree.

  4. 4
    cynthia says:

    I really love your crafts I have 4 things at the moment I would like to do.
    Thanks to you I am getting inspiration back in my life after a couple of really bad years and loving it.

  5. 5
    TidyMom says:

    so cute Amanda!

  6. 6
    Liz Clark says:

    I loved it , so I made it. I painted all the large hearts red
    the smaller hearts i painted different shades of pink. I painted
    the birds blue, it’s really cute….Thank you

  7. 7
    Ratna says:

    I made this for my hubby as a valentine gift and he loves it. I am not a crafty person and it was the first time I painted on canvas so I was nervous but your tutorial helped a lot. Thanks a lot Amanda!

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    [...] I used an 18×18 canvas, you could certainly scale this down like I did with my Love Birds in a Heart Tree, that one was only 8×8 and would fit quite nicely on a shelf or [...]

  9. 9
    Cindy Sherritt says:

    Found you through Facebook and really enjoy your work…this branch with hearts is adorable!

  10. 10
    Norene says:

    This is Adorable!

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