The Owls Have It
Stephanie Loomis, November Guest Guide
11"x17" (or preferred size)
My college daughter saw a piece of artwork at a local store featuring cute owls on a leafy background. I told her that I had all the elements to make one just for her. You can make one, too, for the owl lover in your life!
Charcoal Leaves (The Angel Company)
Coordinating papers (4-5 different ones) I used “Phoebe” (Basic Grey)
Dark brown card stock (Coredinations.com)
Illustration board (Blicks)
(Note: Illustration board is a heavy and textured product, stiffer than cardboard, but accepts paint well.)
Palette inks (Tsukineko)
---Water Lily Green
Silhouette electronic die cut machine (Quickutz)
Animal Owl 2 shape (SilhouetteAmerica.com)
(Note: other systems may work with similar shapes)
Watercolor paints (Luminarte’)
White glue (Aleen’s)
Matte Accents (Ranger)
“Googly Eyes” (Oriental Trading Company)
Pop dots (Plaid)
Wood frame in the size of your board
- Cut four small and three larger owls from the patterned papers.
- Mix up the patters so that each owl base has different wings, belly, ears, eyes, and feet.
- Glue owls together (seven in all.) Let dry.
- Cut or tear brown paper into strips and swirls. Crumple and twist to form branches.
- Glue googly eyes to owls using Matte Accents.
- When the owls are completely dry, glue the feet to the branches. Prop up the heads so they dry flat.
- Paint the illustration board with watercolors. Begin with the darkest shades at the top of the board and blend to the lightest at the bottom. When partly dry, place on a smooth surface and cover with heavy books so it dries flat.
- When dry, stamp leaves in different shades of green over 75% of the board (leave the bluest “sky” showing.) I used one shade of green for each leaf.
- Trim the board to fit in the frame if needed.
- Remove the glass from the frame and insert the stamped board. (Because this is a dimensional piece, the glass is not used. Save it for another project.)
- Glue owls to board. Use pop dots to support the heads, but don’t rely on them to anchor the birds to the board. Let the glue on the branches be the primary support. (I put a book on the top to ensure the glue holds well.)
- Sign your work!