I created a template. Using regular ol' packing tape...I took a piece off the roll...laid it on the back of my hand to remove a bit of the tack, then put it over the drawing of the bird.
With a very sharp (new blade) ex-acto knife, I very carefully cut out the tape around the outline of the bird. *Tip*: be careful not to cut your paper.
Once the outline of the bird was cut out, I carefully lifted out the tape. Wha-laa...instant template... I then used Mr Clean Magic Eraser (the original brand, no other) to clean off the paint. We will paint the bird later...
Now it is time to put the finishing touches and paint the bird. Remove all the masking fluid using your thumb, or a rubber cement eraser. Stay tuned for the finishing touches.