So with that in mind, here is one of my early project when I was first put off work. The background story to this project is that I have scraps of fabric from a quilt that I previously made that I thought would look good on the wall in the bedroom. I bought 9 3"x3" canvas thinking that I could stretch the fabric over them and hang them on the wall. Turns out my strips of fabric weren't quite big enough so I needed a plan B. I found this picture on Pinterst and I really liked the concept.
The background turned out to be a little patchy as the only paint I had around the house were some watercolour paints which did not take well to canvas. I did many coats but it never quite evened out. I tell myself that it is artistic flare and makes it look more 'sky-like'.
While the canvas was drying, I cut out the pieces of fabric into leaf shapes. I found the material frayed less and was easier to cut out the fabric after I gave it a coat of modpodge. I also cut out the outline of a bird for the tree.
I then sketched the tree onto the canvas with them placed together and painted the outline. After that was dry, I used the modpodge to put the leaves on the tree and then used modpodge over the top just to make sure they would stay. I added a little paint on the leaves to add some continuity to the branches.
Voila! Bird in tree art.
In hindsight, I would probably have moved the branch the bird was sitting on down a little bit so I could make the bird larger, making it more noticeable but I think it turned out quite well.