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A Murder of Crows

by: Maura Hibbitts
August 3, 2017

A Murder of Crows

I was inspired by Andy Skinner’s newest stamp set, especially by the crow/raven image which got me to thinking about Irish mythology and the deity of the Morrighan. There are many tales of her, and I often think of the story where she turns into the “battle crow” and flies above the battlefield. She was said to foretell doom and death in battle. Sounds dark, I know!

I also thought about the saying “a murder of crows” which just means a group of them. We have a few crows who roost near our home, and love to wake us up with their loud cawing. 

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Turquoise
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Margarita
  • Americana Neons 2oz - Thermal Green
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Black Shimmer
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Alphabet Spaghetti
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Tread Carefully
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Yellow
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • Stampendous Andy Skinner Birds and Bones stamps
  • Art Journal
  • Old Book Paper
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Spray Bottle
  • Black Waterproof Pen
  • White Waterproof Pen
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Sponge
  • Paper Towel
  • Baby Wipes
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool
  • Letter Stamps

Instructions :

Stamp images onto old book paper with black archival ink. Cut out. 

Use Tread Carefully stencil and palette knife with Modeling Paste to go around the art journal page and create a border. Let dry. Brush Yellow Green light, Phthalo Green-Yellow and Primary Yellow Premium Acrylics onto the page.

Create depth by adding the next layer of paint with Americana Thermal Green Neon and Margarita Americana Acrylic. Brush onto page randomly.  

Brush on a layer of Green Gold Fluid Acrylic in the central area, let dry partially, then spritz on water droplets. Lay a paper towel onto page and lift up. 

Sponge Quinacridone Gold Fluid Acrylic onto the Alphabet Spaghetti stencil. Use a light touch with the paint.  

Rub Patina Green Antiquing Cream and Black Simmer Metallic Lustre over embossed areas. 

Lightly mist Carbon Black and Turquoise Misters onto the page.  

Collage stamped images onto page with Decoupage to create the bone fence for the crows to sit on. Use the skeleton limbs to stamp around the fence posts with black archival ink. Add shadows with a graphite pencil and water, then dry. Scribble around the images with black waterproof pen. 

Stamp title with black archival ink, then doodle around letters with white permanent pen. Enhance crows’ eyes with black and white pens. 

A murder of crows on a fence made of there a dark tale here, or is it just a trio of friends gathering - you decide! 

Be sure to visit TwoCraftingSisters for more projects and to learn more about Maura Hibbitts.


Oh oh oh... this background is eye candy to me Maura. Love love love all those brilliant green DecoArt and DecoArt Media hues together plus the fun design. As for the murder... they are a motley lot!!! Xj.


August 3, 2017

Fabulous project, just love it :)

GrĂ¡ O'Neill

August 3, 2017

Love the crows, love the project!!


August 3, 2017

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