Helen, Thank you so much for this class. This is amazing. Something I wouldn't think I could do.
With all the tools you've shown, I can now apply this to so many other projects. I will for sure draw many more birdcages and birdies. This is just so much fun.
I used a wooden texture, vectorized from a photo of my own. The wallpaper is an Illustrator standard. The bird I drew myself, also the musical notes.