Monday, November 16, 2015

Today is the Day After a Hootin' Nite of Play Canvas


Whew, am I worn out... I spent a hootin' night playin' with my favorite feathered friends here at the ranch.  Soooo fun!!!!

This is a small canvas: 6" x 10".

Beginning with an adorable napkin as my inspiration...
I started cutting and applying with DecoArt Decou-page.

The canvas was painted with a couple of my favorite DecoArt colors... Prussian Blue Hue & Quinacridone Gold.

Originally, I was going horizontal - as in the above picture - but the owls just seemed to fly to their own branches!!   So the tree climbed upward and expanded.  For additional texture on the tree... of course... DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium. 

Here are some close-ups of the texture! 
I purposely bubbled a bit of the weathered wood to 

I didn't spend a lot of time perfecting the branches because they were going to be mostly covered by our owl family. 

The coloring of the tree trunk was enhanced with DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Iced Expresso and Rose Gold. Faber-Castelle Big Brush and Pitt Pens were also used on this project. 

The owl family was fussy cut from the napkin and applied with Decou-page but it seemed like the napkins material blended right in with the background as you can see below in the picture.  So... I began painting with DecoArt Media Acrylics!  It was really fun to just follow the outline of the owls and leaves with my paint brush plus it allowed me to add a bit of texture with the colors too. 

I redid the sentiment too!

I loved how it turned out but it seems a bit "flat" to me so... I added some leaves and some feathers. The leaves were cut out of gelli prints that I had done previously. After cutting the leaves out... I painted over a few of them, to change the coloring a bit, with ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glaze.  One of our ranch hands has two birds and she brings me feathers.  It was great fun to add the feathers above the eyes of the owl family!!! 

The little project turned out with lots of texture and fun colors too.  I enjoyed creating a roost for the owl family and going on a frolic to have a HOOTIN great nite of play.

As always.... I really really appreciate you stopping by and reading about my little owl frolic! 

And again - my "reply" button is broken on my blog... so I can't tell you thank you in person BUT... your comments always make my day.  Thanks bunches and bunches.
Hugs. j. 

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Happy for the opportunity to share with the following challenge:



Marianne/skorpionen said...

This is so cool! Fabolous idea!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Mixed Media Place!

Pascale B. Scrap said...

So cute! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

experiments in paper said...

Joi - this is so darn cute!! Love those little owls, and your tree bark is fabulous!! Whoo hoo!! Or should I say Whoo hoot! xxx Lynn

Jackie PN said...

So sweet Joi! A real hoot of a canvas! heehee

Win Dinn, Artist said...

Well isn't this just fabulous, Joi - what a wonderfully fun image, and so rich in all ways. Love it!

Riikka Kovasin said...

So fabulous and fun! Thank you for playing with the Creative Gym #13!

butterfly said...

Great texture on that bark - love how you built it up - and the owls look very happy in their new home!
Alison x