This photo captures the finished projects of 10 in the Bird Tree Love Paint Party.

Bird Tree Love Paint Party 2016

Ten family members willingly tackled a new project, a “Bird Tree Love” paint party for craft day 2016. The results were outrageous.

This photo captures the finished projects of 10 in the Bird Tree Love Paint Party.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bird Tree Love Paint Party

A large family , we enjoy games and activities. Craft Day usually consists of a single creative session in which we make handmade cards for the immediate group of 32 members. We did that as well, using a combination of fiber collage, stamping and creative presentation. This is the fourth year for the handmade card effort. It’s become a family expectation and the “regular participants” look forward to spending time together giggling, assembling and creating.

This collage shows the finished canvases as well as work in progress for the Bird Tree Love Paint Party by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bird Tree Love Paint Party canvases

Paint party, an add-on experiment, received rave reviews. It started with a kit that included a video, e-book and supplies.

Surprises in Bird Tree Love Paint Party

As with any project, the surprises made the day special: technology challenges with the video, a wonderful salmon salad for lunch, the joy of completion for everyone, the opportunity to see a side of each other that we didn’t know existed, a birthday party for four to culminate the day’s events, and paint everywhere!

This collage includes candid shots from the Bird Tree Love Paint Party sponsored by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bird Tree Love Paint Party views

Seven-year-old Aleigha produced an awesome canvas and amazed everyone with her attention and staying power. Youngest niece Katie finished first and then helped Grandma. Sisters, sisters-in-law, mothers, and nieces shared brushes, helpful tips, and the warm chatter that only families can know.

These pictures reflect the fun participants experienced during the Bird Tree Love Paint Party led by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bird Tree Love Paint Party, candids

Conclusion for Bird Tree Love Paint Party

While the exact group activity may not be repeated next year, we raised the benchmark on our group activities and had a great time in the process.

This is a candid shot from Bird Tree Love Paint Party led by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bird Tree Love Paint Party in progress

If you’ve not considered a group activity for your family, I can highly recommend Bird Tree Love paint party. Your get-together will never be the same.