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Rainbow Brite Altered Bird House

by Amy Bowerman

As an 80’s baby I feel that Rainbow Brite is directly responsible for my love of color.  Although, I’m sure the Care Bears and My Little Ponies helped too.  I absolutely adore the colorful 80’s icon and her vibrant hued crew.  I had a ton of fun putting this Rainbow Bright Birdhouse together and got to relive some of my favorite childhood past times to boot!

Rainbow Brite Altered Birdhouse

An unfinished bird house was given a coat of white acrylic paint.  I then dug out some of my old Rainbow Brite books from my vintage children’s book collection.   An image of “Rainbow Land” was printed several times to cover the panels of the bird house.  Mod Podge was used to adhere and seal the vintage images.

The bottom of the bird house was trimmed with star ribbon and a passage from one of the books was added…”If you could travel to the very end of the rainbow, you would find yourself in a wonderful place, called Rainbow Land.”

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Temporary Tattoos on shrink plastic

I used Copic markers to trace and color the image of Starlite and Rainbow Brite on top of the bird house on shrink plastic.  Unfortunately, this was not only tedious but time-consuming.  I wanted to include all of the color kids in this project but tracing each and every one just wasn’t happening for me.

I happened to find an old coloring book with Rainbow Brite temporary tattoos in it and decided to try them out on the shrink plastic.  As you can see it worked like a “charm” and I was able to add these 3 dimensional Sprite and Color Kid images to enhance the scene around the Rainbow Bright bird house.

rainbow brite birdhouse

Rainbow Bird

I was inspired by the Things With Wings challenge at Simon Says Stamp to add the bird.  At first I was hesitant to add a bird because I was afraid it would take away from the Rainbow Brite theme but after a little altering this guy fits right in!  What’s a bird house without a feathered resident anyway?  I added Distress Stickles to his beak and colored the clip with alcohol ink to resemble bird feet.  A Tim Holtz tiny attatcher was used to hold the rainbow of ribbon together to form his “tail”.  There you have it a Rainbow Bird for a Rainbow Brite bird house :)

rainbow brite birdhouse

Star Sprinkles

The top of the bird house was painted with Folk Art Metallic Blue Sapphire Acrylic and embellished with jeweled stars, crystals, silver Sharpie, and Folk Art Extreme glitter holographic acrylic paint for extra sparkle.

rainbow brite birdhouse

Somewhere over the rainbow

The Rainbow image is from My Grafico.  Mod Podge Gloss was used to adhere it and then Sparkle Mod Podge to seal and add sparkle.  I neglected to pre-seal the printed image and some of the ink ran but I was able to fix that with Copic Markers.  I also added fine glitter to the clouds and went over it with Picket Fence Distress Stain which gave the clouds such wonderful texture.

I’m thinking about doing an 80’s/childhood themed birdhouse series.  What do you think?  Any 80’s inspired characters you are fond of!  Don’t even get me started on She-ra!  I may have to break out my Jem costume and get “Truly Outrageous!”

That’s it for me today I do hope you enjoyed this adventure to Rainbow Land.

Have a colorful day!!

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1 Alexson@Dress The Yard March 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

I like the colour. Like to draw something. But I could not draw anything for a long time. For my busyness, I do not draw anything. Now seeing your amazing drawing, my desire to draw something. Thanks for sharing.

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