How to Make a Mobile using Elmer's Craft Bond Tacky Glue

Uploaded by ElmersBrands on 17.03.2010

Take a look at this beautiful watercolor bird mobile. I bet these are some of
the same birds that you see right around your house here's what you'll
we started out with watercolor pencils
we have cardstock i'm using just a manilla folder we have a branch of
a tree
silk leaves
two boxes of the same height and this can be any scrap boxes and then our basic
we're using a low-tack masking tape
we have Elmer's tacky glue some heavy thread a pencil a paintbrush
and our scissors
so let's get started
the first thing is that you need to do your patterns
and all the patterns are available on the website and we've chosen some of the
more common birds like cardinals and finches and bluejays
each of the patterns you're going to have a the body
and two wing pieces for each and all of them are here so the first thing you
want to do is cut those out
and I've cut them out of my white paper and i trace that down onto my cardstock
and you could use card stock or as I said, I used a manilla folder
so let's grab a pencil
and we'll lay our bird shape down
and trace around which i've done already and then we'll cut that out nice tip
for when you're cutting is to move your paper rather than your scissors
and you'll get a nice smooth cut
so you continue and do one for each bird and a pair of wings for each bird that you
want to make so let's set that aside
cause i really want to get started coloring
now this is my bird shape i'm going to start with the cardinal and cardinals
are red
so the first thing I'm going to do is choose my brushes
and instead of a brush I'm using the pencil and these are shaped in a
triangular shape so it makes it easier to hold
and you have a lot of control using a pencil rather than using and like a
watercolor a pad and brush so i'm going to start and i'm going to start by coloring
in different areas
so i'm gonna start with the red at the top
now you don't have to worry about your lines because those are good when you
add water they're going up all smooth out
so i'm going to start at the top here
i'm going to bring this in front here so you can see one that i've already got
painted and i'm going to create
this section
that runs around the crest
now an important thing would be is to look up
online or in a book
and see the colors
we also will have patterns on the website that show the exact colors on
each one of these birds
and the other thing I'm going to do is to make a little bit of the gold
and create his beak
the fun thing about using pencils is that you can
layer color on top of color
so i just added this gold and i'm going to add a little bit of orange
and add a little shading into that his beak section
we take my black
and again i'm adding this section in here
you see how nice and smooth these go on and they look just like pencils
now let's build the red
and i'm just using back-and-forth motion and i'm going to get rid of all the
pencil lines so now if you carry this across we carry it across the entire
you can see he's got as darker red along the stomach
you might add some pink shades
or other colors
and because they had such a sharp point it makes it really easy to fill in the shape
in these small areas
now the next step is i'm going to take my paintbrush
and of course with color this all in
and by taking my brush and wetting it
and i find it's much easier to add to my colors first and then blend
look how intense those colors get you can see i have it right on a paper
towel so i can
take off any excess color
look how beautifully they blend
and we color in and of course the whole picture and before we have the water if
you see on this one right here
i'm going to go back
and add a little bit of the water and you can see that
and that'll blend in and all of the brush strokes disappear and you get that
beautiful effect
and once you've done one side of the bird you turn him over and paint the other
side of the bird in the exact same way
now i've got some completed here and this time i've taken the bluejays
and you can see in the blue jays here his one-sided and then the other side
and i've cut and i've also colored the two wing parts
now i'm going to take a little snip here
this is where my wings are going to go in
and then i've cut a length of thread it's about thirty-six inches long
and i'm just folding it in half
I'm going to hold it about
five inches up i'm going to put a knot in it
and i'm going to take these two ends
make sure they're nice and even to each other
the next step is to add our glue now on our pattern there was section marked
just where you add the glue which is going to right here
and i'm using a nice thick glue and i'm going to take either end
and laid that in the glue
one on either side
and then lay my other piece of wing down on top of it
and when this dries you can trim these two edges off
then we're going to fold that in half
and then that will slide right in to the bird
if you can see on this one maybe you can see a little bit easier
two pieces are here
the thread is through it and that's what's holding it and that's going to
hang over the branch and we want to get our branch ready
i'm going to take her branch here
and our leaves and will just add some glue in little in the corner
on the edge you can always add more
as you go along
and then i'm going to take my
finished birds
which are still on the folded
and just loop them over the the branch and then i'll even them out and space them out
in the way that i'd like and then tie them and knot them
an easy way to space those along with the branch is to take those boxes that
we used in the beginning
and put one at either end of the branch
and just laid that on top now take a look at our finished one you can see that i've hung
the birds in all different heights
and that way you can see the detail on each one of the birds. And that's our watercolor mobile