Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

I made this birds on a branch silhouette painting for my daughter for Christmas. She recently moved into her first apartment and I wanted to give her a special gift. It had to be a surprise though, I didn’t want her to know what it was. Let’s face it, when kids become young adults, Christmas presents aren’t really much of a surprise anymore, but I really wanted this one to be. Besides, her favorite holiday is Christmas and she has always loved the secret, magical element of it. So how could I disappoint her?

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

I started snooping around on her Pinterest boards to see if there was anything I could draw inspiration from. Boy was I in luck! I came across this photo

Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting - My Pinterest Inspiration @amandaformaro

However, the link from Pinterest was a dead one, it went to a blog that had been closed down. I did some searching but couldn’t find the source of this lovely painting.

Now here’s a funny story. I finished the painting a few days before Christmas, but because my daughter is a Facebook fan of Crafts by Amanda, I couldn’t share my results there for fear of her seeing it. So instead I shared the photo with a group of craft blogger friends. My friend Colleen from Just Paint It replied saying she was almost finished with a very similar painting using the same inspiration! How’s that for a coincidence?

Anyway, my daughter absolutely loved it and has it hanging in her room. I have to say I’m really happy with how it turned out and almost wish I had made two simultaneously so I could have one too!

White Cherry Blossom Tree Painting by @amandaformaro

Here’s the painting I made for her when she moved into her new place. This one is hanging in her living room. White Cherry Blossom Tree Painting.

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

I started out by grabbing a screenshot of the Pinterest inspiration and printed it off and used that as my template. I scored some lines on the picture to give me a better feel of placement on the canvas since I would need to draw freehand.

I used Americana acrylic paints for this project. Here are the colors that I used:

  • Warm White
  • Light Buttermilk
  • Flesh Tone
  • Butterscotch
  • Traditional Raw Sienna
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Black

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

I started by painting the canvas with Light Buttermilk then softening the center with Warm White. I wanted it to have a little texture in the middle so I used a household sponge, applied the paint a little heavy, and dragged the sponge through in a criss cross type pattern.

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

I used the sponge for the entire background starting with Flesh Tone. Just dabbed it here and there, really random but following the frame of the inspiration photo. Next I used Traditional Raw Sienna, dragging and blending with the sponge, just until I liked how it looked. For the highlights, mostly at the top with some at the bottom, I used Butterscotch. As you can see from the paint in the pie tin I was not concerned about my colors touching each other, in fact it’s good to have them mix a little. It adds to the flow and dimension of your painting.

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

I darkened the corner and edges with Dark Chocolate and finished off the edge shading with Black. Once the paint was dry I sketched on the main outline of the branches and the birds.

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

The rest is really easy. It’s just black, so use a long liner brush to add all the branches and the outline of the birds. Fill in the birds with a flat brush. Use the liner to add smaller branches and simple leaves.

Beautiful Birds on a Branch Silhouette Painting using acrylic paint! @amandaformaro

That really is it! I hope you like it and that you found these instructions helpful. :)

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  1. Barbara says

    Your piece of art is lovely. Immediately upon seeing it I have a feeling of peace and happiness. I love bird art anyway and I admire yours as one of the top pieces I have seen.

    Have you ever thought of sponsoring a “weekend)(or 3 day) where your admirers would travel to a central destination and conduct a workshop? I would love to have a picture like this, but reading the directions just are not enough direction for me. If you couldn’t do the number of items you would like to offer, you could have quest artist teachers too. If these retail “paint for yourself” studio’s are popping up everywhere and having people come in for around 4 hours for everyone to paint the same scene, with an artists instructing them on each stage, you could get a lot accomplished in a 2-3 day workshop.

    I am not a natural artist, just a person who is craving to be able to make some decent art pieces.

    Thanks so much for being so kind to share with all of us. I truly admire you.

    Thank you for your blog and projects. You have a great talent being able to relating to everyone and making us feel at ease! Thank you!

    Happy New Year

    • says

      Thanks so much Barbara! It has crossed my mind to do a class, but I live a solid 30 minutes from anywhere with a decent population, and over an hour from any major city. Therefore it would be too difficult for me to take the time off of work to do something like that. I do hope to stat doing videos more often and hopefully that will be helpful. A friend of mine is hosting a video painting class on Google + tonight in fact, and it’s of the same bird painting! She and I were both inspired by the same piece of art. Here’s the class link

  2. Carrie says

    I agree with Angie – You are one talented lady!! you do great work! Thanks for breaking down the process with us!

  3. Linda says

    I remember seeing this on Pinterest as well. You did a great job! What suggestions would you have for someone to recreat this who is not comfortable/good at drawing freehand. I think the branches would be ok, but doubt I could do even the simple birds. I would appreciate any suggestion you might have to offer. Thanks!

    • says

      Thanks Linda! I would suggest saving a copy of that picture to your harddrive. Then when you go to print out out, enlarge it to whatever size you want. You can use carbon transfer paper (they have specially made carbon paper at the craft store) to trace the pattern onto the canvas. Another option is to print it and cut out the birds, then just trace around the picture with pencil. You’ll be painting them so your pencil lines nor the carbon lines will be visible. Hope that helps!

  4. diane says

    I ‘m not an artist so I don’t know how much value you want to give my opinion however I love the painting and your tutorial makes it look as if I could do one myself! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Kathy Gledsdale says

    I adore this picture and as a struggling beginner artist and this is really helpful thank you for explaining how you did it.

  6. Lanie Cottrell says

    I found the same painting online as your daughter’s original pin. It has been my wallpaper on my computer for over a year, and most recently was the inspiration for my tattoo. I originally found the painting on You did a beautiful job, and I’m tempted to give it a shot mself :)

  7. Jerusha says

    Just wanted to let you know I made this for my hubby for our 8th wedding anniversary that we will be celebrating tomorrow. As soon as I seen it I knew I had to replicate it! I love it! I can’t wait to give it to him. Thank you so much for the supply list and easy to follow instructions. I am certain I would not have been able to pull it off without your directions.

  8. Sheng says

    I wnt to try this one.hope that i can make it well.Thanks for sharing it us. Your creations inspire me a lot. i love making arts. ^_^

    More power!
    thank you and god bless.^_^

  9. shamila patricia victor santiago says

    you are so artistic,GOD BLESS YOU. You bring so much joy to others through your creative nature,thank you

  10. Kate says

    I am so thankful I stumbled upon your website! Your craft and art pieces are beautiful! Cannot wait to try them all :)

  11. Terri Hogarth says

    did you prep your canvas before painting? Also, did you do anything after painting like modge podge to keep it??


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