Well I can't spend 2 weeks here at the cabin without making an owl can I!
........ok maybe I'm just a little Owl crazy but when you hear them hooting all night it gets to you.....
I decided to finish the samples I made while at the Fernie workshop.
I found some great natural items to add to this portrait proving that you don't need to visit the store for supplies just use what's around you.
- a substrate, which is a fancy word for a base, here I used a framed canvas but you could use a piece of cardboard or a wooden board
- acrylic paint
- tissue, cheesecloth, burlap, or anything else you have lying around
- tacky glue, glue gun
- found items
- Mod podge
So like I showed in the Fernie post I textured my canvas using spackle and a number of tools to create designs.Let the canvas (substrate) dry. Mine was covered with lots of texture as I was showing all the different possibilities. I then painted it with acrylic paint.
I then let this base coat dry.
I came in with some more paint and did a dry brush application to pull out the details of the texture. Basically with a dry brush you want to come in with light paint if the base color is dark or dark paint if the base is light. Apply lightly with a dry bristle brush, I keep my old beat up brushes to use for this.
Put aside to dry.
I had a piece of corrugated cardboard from which I cut out the basic shape of my owl. I applied some gesso or you can use glue and stuck on some tissue and cheesecloth to give it texture. Again this was my leftover sample so I had a little bit of everything going on. When dry paint with acrylics.
I found a nice big pine cone on one of my walks so I took some of the scales off starting from the bottom. I also made sure to pick off the little barb on each scale so they were easier to work with.
They looked feather shaped to me.
I then painted them with acrylics to look like owl feathers.
I had my husband cut some rounds off a large fallen branch to use for eyes. I sanded them smooth.
I also lucked out and found this neat beak shaped rock.
I then painted them.....didn't want my eyes perfectly matched.....like them a little kooky.
Using tacky glue I glued all the pieces in place.
I painted a branch on the background for my owl to perch on.
I then glued the owl onto the background with a glue gun.
I then sealed the whole thing with Mod podge.
Let dry and you have a great mixed media portrait for your wall.