Thursday, May 08, 2008
Homes for the Birds.
Both A and G have been wanting to paint birdhouses for a long while, and today I had all of the supplies ready to go for them to paint with the "mom paints".
The boys know that there is a difference between the watercolors and the acrylics. They get excited when they know we are doing a project with these paints (and brushes), and want to use every single color and every size and shape of brush.
I first primed the raw wood birdhouses (we used the pre-made wooden birdhouses because, well, power tools and a spunky 3 year old don't mix!) with an artists white gloss indoor/outdoor acrylic paint. The boys then painstakingly painted over that, and ended up with some colorful funky birdhouses. After the paint dried, they added some rub on decals of insects to add the final touch.
After I added a quick coating of water based varnish, we took them out into the yard and each selected where he wanted his birdhouse to hang. While we may not ever have birds living in them, they add some great color to the garden, and the boys love that! A now wants to know what type of birds might nest in something like this, and also where do mourning doves nest (and could he build something the right size for them), so tomorrow we are off to find out more!
One of my favorite things in the world is to see the boys run to the door, screaming happily at dad the moment he walks in from work, SO happy and excited to show him (NOW!) what they have created.