Saturday, 21 November 2015

Grey Owl

With the first little sprinkle of sleety snow this morning I felt inspired to tackle the Craft Barn's November calendar challenge.  This month the theme is grey and owls which initially I thought would work well with a Kate Crane style Journal Soup approach.  Having got started though I decided to keep it a bit simpler and more muted.

First a generous layer of white with layers of shades of grey (not quite 50).  Then more grey and white through a stencil, with some dry brushing on top to create the feel of a blizzard.

Next edging with Gelatos and Stabilo All pencil, and a little shading to ground the owl.

The owl was cut out of a piece of card painted with darker shades of grey and some stencilling was added.  Wings and feet were added separately and his face drawn on.  'Snow' was added with a piece of crunched up tissue dipped in paint.

Actually I quite like him like that, but that wouldn't really work for a calendar challenge!  I won't stick the calendar on yet and maybe some lucky owl lover might get him as a Christmas card next year!

Wishing you all a warm and cosy weekend xxx

Materials used:
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: snowflake, elephant, taupe, little black dress
The Crafters Workshop: mini circle explosion
PaperArtsy: PS002
Faber-Castell Gelatos: squid ink, chocolate
Ranger Multi Medium: matte
Stabilo All pencil: black
fine line pen


  1. I love your background, it almost looks like an animal print of some sort.

  2. Perfect! It's all grey and you drew your own owl, which I should have done but couldn't face... Plus he's got a funny expression!

  3. This is so cute! I love all the different shades of grey (maybe 49?) :-)

  4. How wonderful!! I think your owl is hoping to find somewhere cosy out of the snow :D

  5. I like the step by step pictures. A lovely page, I love the feeling of it, can't really describe it though. Vicky

  6. Wow, what a lovely snowy looking page, love your owl!! Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Calendar Challenge.
    Jane x

  7. You have really captured the feel of a cold day on your background. I don't think the lovely owl thinks much of the cold!

  8. Great page, I love your owl and your background! xx


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