Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Owl love you forever...and a little tutorial...

Hello fellow crafty people!!!  I'm back today with a little tutorial on how to use a digital image in your mixed media art.  Today I'm using the adorable Owl-ive The Owl Digital Stamp from By Lori Designs.  Its 'Inspiration Tuesday over at the By Lori Designs Blog so make sure you pop over and check out the amazing projects the dt has to show you! 

Ok, so lets get started!

I started by using a piece of Mixed Media Paper 6x8 (strong enough to hold lots of mediums, water etc...).  I printed off Owl-ive The Owl and adhered her to the paper using some Faber-Castell Gel Medium.  (Gel medium is very versatile as its great for extending the colour in paints, adhering collage pieces and adding texture and dimension to your work).

Once dry, I used some Dylusions Ink Spray and laid down some colour around the image.  I then used some heavy body Golden Acrylic Paint in (Pink) and painted the body of the owl.

I traced the eyelids and belly and paper pieced them with some patterned paper just to add some colour, depth and interest.  I also added some green and blue acrylic paint to the background, then went over it with some white gesso to lighten things up.  I cut out a tree branch from some co-ordinating patterned paper and lightly gesso'd over it as well. 

I added some more texture to the background using some stencils and paint.  I found some rubber grip shelf liner and used it to add some texture to the body of the owl and branch with some white gesso.  Then I wrote the sentiment "Owl Love you Forever" with a black pen and then the fun part began!  I got out my stash of Pitt Pens and Gelatos and went to town adding some fun colours to the edges of the paper.  I also shaded around the owl and its features to make them really come to life.

I hope you like Owl-ive the Owl!  You can grab your own digital file of her HERE and make your very own mixed media painting!!!  Try it, you'll love it!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

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  1. Love the outcome and love the process too....thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW....this is AMAZING!! Love it!!

  3. Really cute. HPF

  4. OMGosh, Krista, this is absolutely stunning....SO sweet!!!! I'm in love with this sweet owl!!!! I've bought a bunch of different Faber-Castell products the gelatos and Big Brush pens but I'm afraid to use them. I wish I could work magic with them like you have here...WOW! WOW! WOW!
    So inspirational!

  5. I love this cutsey owl, especially the colours that you chose! Great job, once again!

  6. Did you print out the owl on ordinary office paper before you adhered it to the mixed media paper? I LOVE this! I think my daughter would love it too. Would love to try something like this myself! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Julie, thanks for your nice comments! Yes its just printed out on regular copy paper. I hope you and your daughter have fun!

  7. I love this - thank you for sharing!! Did you print out the owl on ordinary white office paper before you adhere it to the mixed media paper??