Birds and a Feather

I didn’t intend to be such a tease when I revealed our progress shots of the basement gallery wall.  After placing my templates, marked with where to nail, I had almost completed the wall.

Of course, almost included cutting a mat, replacing some temporary art and painting a few black frames white.  But the weather was not on my side, until this past Sunday.  Two Saturdays ago, it was 75 degrees here, which sounds beautiful, right?  But if I painted then, I would have had more paint on me than on the frames because it was so windy.  Sunday’s high temp was 35 with intermittent snow/rain showers, so painting was out of the question.  That’s spring in Montana for you.  Last week brought highs in the fifties with gusts of wind and sporadic rain, so still no painting.  Finally, Sunday was perfect, 55 degrees with a slight breeze.

I disassembled my frames, breaking one piece of glass along the way (grrr!), hauled the frames, spray paint in hand, to the back yard and set up shop.  Two coats of gloss white and a few hours of dry/air out time later, I was back in business.  Hanging the frames was easy because I had already placed the nails.  Here is the final (well, until I get bored or find new art to add in) wall:

I really love having a complete wall in our basement.  And, you can catch a glimpse from the top of stairs.  But, let’s take a closer look.

The bird, feather or tree theme + collection of white frames = cohesive gallery wall.  All of the art came from Etsy, was a free printable or something I made.  Here’s a complete gallery wall source list, from left to right:

1.  Northern Flicker by Mai Autumn.

I just ordered this print, so I printed off a temporary design until I receive it.

2.  Original Pressed Feather, for sale in the Our Humble A{Bowe}d Etsy shop.

3.  Nesting Hand Cut Silhouette by Jessica Alpern.

Jessica, and the rest of her work is fantastic as well, so fantastic that I couldn’t resist her Spork, Welcome to the Family cut out for our kitchen.  But, if you’re looking for bird, feather or tree cut outs of your own, might I suggest Leaf Skeleton, or Peacock Feathers?

4.  Willow photograph from Ara133 Photography, which I mentioned a while back.

5.  Polymer clay wall flowers.  Find how I made them here, though I did make a new set of three.

6.  Collection No. 18 by Lori’s World, a gift from a friend.  Check out the other amazing bird related prints, too.

7.  Bird print I mounted to a 4 inch square piece of MDF.

8.  Baby Feather Original Petite painting from Renée Anne.  It was a toss-up between the feather and this Bird I Once Knew petite print.  The feather won because it is an original.  Shipping was fast and the painting is of great quality.

9.  Family Tree cut out, customized in colors of choice, in our shop.  I’m really great to work with, too.  Haha.  But really, try it for yourself.  *Wink*

10.  Free bird printable from That’s Happy, mentioned here before.

11.  Bird painting I recently whipped up.

12.  Autumn Landscape print from Siiso.

It was so hard to decide on something from the Siiso shop.  Every new print I saw was just as fantastic as the last.  I also bought the Blossoms 35 print as part of a housewarming gift for my sister.  She loved it!  Tell Yang Yang hello from us if you order.

13.  5 by 5 Float print by Cat N Photography.

I also bought the Heart print for our guest bedroom.  Cat is great.  If you’re looking for interesting photography, just ask Cat.

14.  I Believe There is Someone for Everyone print by Amy Ruppel.

I’ve admired her work since seeing Nicole’s commissioned painting, so it’s cool to have her work in my home.  Some day, I’d love an original.

Last but not least, number 15, Autumn Feathers by Miles of Light.

The photo is so realistic, Ben thought I had framed feathers.  When I told him it was a print, he had to inspect it to believe me!  I don’t know how she does it, but Romina takes such beautiful photos.  If only I could learn her secrets.

See any art you want to order?  Have you made any bird, feather or tree art?  Have you seen the Geico Bird in the Hand commercial?  Definitely not their best, but I do love their woodchuck commercial.  And Ben does a great impression of the grumpy farmer.  Do you have a themed gallery wall on your home?  Maybe you know a few photography secrets or tips?

Please note: We were not compensated for this post, we simply love the items we’ve purchased from these shops and want to share with you!

All  images found via the featured Etsy seller’s listing as linked above.

P.S.  We’d really appreciate your vote!  Thank you!

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39 thoughts on “Birds and a Feather

  1. I currently have a gallery wall (that is still being built) that is black and white frames together. Seeing how yours are now all white is making me want to change all mine too! It looks so cute and well themed 🙂

  2. Hey Amanda…I love the bird that you “just whipped up”…it’s so cute, you should put some of those or something like it in your shop…you are super talented! I would love to have a gallery wall, I have a couple of walls in my house that really could use one. Right now, I do have kind of a family picture gallery wall…but I have plans to paint all the picture frames very soon.

    Lorie
    marcandlorie@embarqmail.com

    1. Thank you, everyone for your comments and love! I’m blushing over here 🙂

      Lorie, I’d consider it, if people wanted a painting. I usually don’t think I’m talented enough to sell most of my items.

      Hi Renee! Thank YOU so much for creating such beautiful art for me to display! I love the baby feather, it’s the perfect addition!

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  3. I love love love the Jessica Alpern stuff. I also ordered Spork and she did a commision of one of my animals… and i picked up a few other things too. nicely priced for such great work.

  4. You and your hubby are amazingly talented and generous to share all the lovely photos, hints, links, how-tos, and free-bees! I have seen alot of galleries and yours is tops! Just brilliant. Keep letting us have a glimpse of your …not-so-humble abode!

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Cathy. I’m so flattered by your amazingly sweet comments and support. To think that our gallery wall is one of your favs is a high compliment, especially considering how many gallery walls are out there. I’m planning to continue letting you all in our home! 🙂 Thanks for following along with us. 🙂

      Amanda

  5. You did a fantastic job! I love the bird theme and how different they are yet cohesive. Thanks for all the inspiration.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I do like that each piece is different, but because we have a theme, it doesn’t seem too crazy.

      Meaghen, Thank you, too and happy shopping!! Etsy is my go to place, along with Target 🙂

      Amanda

  6. I love this wall!! Etsy has such amazing art. Thanks for sharing all the links, I will definitely be doing some shopping later 🙂

  7. Okay, I want every single thing you have on that wall. I love that each work is so different, but seems cohesive because it shares the common thread of the theme. Great job! I’m so glad my work could be part of it 🙂

  8. What a beautiful collection of images for your gallery wall. I love it! I just found your blog and look so forward to following along and checking out what I’ve missed!

  9. I’m all for art! I love LOVE this grouping you have created!! Almost everything I have framed and hung in our home are family photos, but this is really inspiring. It’s beautiful! You have a very good eye!

    1. Thank you so much Jen! I’m thrilled to see my wall featured on your Facebook page! 🙂

      Jaimee, I have a gallery wall of family photos upstairs, but I’m always drawn to bird art. This allowed me to indulge in my obsession and enjoy it. Thank you so much for your compliments, too!

      Thank you, Bev! I’m love it, too. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Trisha and Jayna Rae! I have a bird weakness. I actually have to show restraint to not buy every bird piece I see. 🙂

  10. LOVE THESE!!!
    Also,
    what kind of flooring do you have in this room? I’m having to redo my kitchen/laundry room flooring and i’m having a horrible time deciding whether to get tiles or linoleum flooring or something else?! I’m beating around the bush with going out and looking in lowes/home depot at the selections…i really like yours though.
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Amy,

      Our floors are full bodied ceramic tile. Full bodied tiles are the same color as the top all the way through, so if a tile gets chipped, the damage isn’t as noticeable. We love the tile because it is super durable and easy to install. I would definitely steer away from linoleom because it is easy to damage. Just my opinion, though. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have other questions.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

    1. Hi Anna!

      Some of the frames are Ikea Ribbas, others are from Target and some are thrift store finds that I spray painted white. For me, as long as most of the colors match, I don’t mind if the frames aren’t the same.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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