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.
Is Mod Podge like PVA glue?ReplyDelete
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Waoo..CREATIVE use of pinecones :)ReplyDelete
This is so so cute. Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Love it! I have a huge pile of pinecones in my front yard and am always trying to figure out ways to use them in some creative way. I can't wait to try something like this.ReplyDelete
This is one fantastic owl.ReplyDelete
I love the textures.
I'm also owl crazy! I will have to try to make one like yours, I've never made a mixed media frame before. Thanks for sharing how to do it :)ReplyDelete
Love it! It's beautiful!ReplyDelete
This is adorable!ReplyDelete
When I grow up, (I'm 57.......)I want to be as creative as you are! Love the owl!ReplyDelete
Ovo je fantastično, oduševljena sam!!ReplyDelete
How fun is that - and how textured!!ReplyDelete
Adorable! Love all the different elements!ReplyDelete
Super cute- so retro and cool!ReplyDelete
Especially the wood circles for the eyes. So clever.
Hello. I teach Arts Education and I find your blog very interesting. Warmly, KarenReplyDelete
Very beautiful owl!ReplyDelete
I did these with my teens with developmental disabilities and one sold for $ 110.00. We had a art show and they were so proud of their owls. Very cool project each one turned out different.Thanks for all the great ideas.ReplyDelete