Book of Backgrounds 2016, Number 14

Have you ever wanted to create a simple piece of artwork that packed a punch in contrast?  A silhouette painting will always score big and even better, a bird silhouette on a vibrant background.

I will let you know up front… things went a bit sideways when I added interference paint to the bird silhouette, but it worked out in the end.   When creating artwork, regardless of what it is, it gets built up in layers, push past the ugly stage and finish it to the end.   If you still don’t like it, cut it up into postcards or artist trading cards or upcycle it into another background by covering with gesso and starting over.

Book of Background Type:

  • Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Paper, Vellum finish (Windpower)

Palette:  DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Titanium White – DMFA39
  • Burnt Sienna – DMFA02
  • Ultramarine Blue – DMFA43
  • Transparent Red Iron Oxide – DMFA41
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide – DMFA42
  • Interference Blue – DMFA01

Prep and Mediums:

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18


  • Americana Kaleidoscope Border – AS103-K
  • Americana Finch Accent – AS12
  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Stencil, Sunburst – Andy105


  • Royal Aqualon, 1″, 3/4″, Wash – 2700
  • Royal Aqualon, #1 & 8 Round – 2250
  • Royal Soft-Grip #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Clear Choice Stencil Brush, 3/8″ (dome) – 1113

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Royal Palette/Painting Knife – LG2
  • No-Stick Mat (currently using the Unstick)
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby or Kitchen Wipes


What did you think?

Have you ever created artwork featuring a bird silhouette?  share in the comments below.