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Mixed Media Gear Owl

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Mixed Media Gear Owl
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Mixed Media Gear Owl

Mixed Media Gear Owl

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Mix steampunk with mixed media to create a unique owl canvas with DecoArt Media®.

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SUPPLIES

Americana® Stencils

  • Gears & Cogs (12" x 12") (ASMM13)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Dark Grey Value 3 (DMFA22)
  • Gold (Metallic) (DMFA49)
  • Green Gold (DMFA14)
  • Medium Grey Value 6 (DMFA17)
  • Silver (Metallic) (DMFA48)
  • Titan Buff (DMFA38)
  • Transparent Red Iron Oxide (DMFA41)
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (DMFA42)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Matte Medium (DMM20)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • scissors
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #8 flat brush
  • craft glue
  • #1 round brush
  • assorted scrapbook paper
  • picture of a clock face (from Internet)
  • cosmetic sponges
  • 12" x 12" basswood canvas (Walnut Hollow)
  • pen or pencil
  • bolts and washers

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Make sure the basswood surface is clean and dust free.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a 3/4" flat brush to mix (1) part Green Gold with (1) part Titan Buff. Use mix to paint the entire wooden canvas, sides included. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use the Americana Gears and Cogs Stencil over the entire front of the canvas. Load a cosmetic sponge with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and pounce over the canvas front. Wash the stencil. Let the canvas dry completely.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use pen or pencil and the tracing and transfer papers to trace and transfer the body and head outline of the owl onto scrapbook papers of choice.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use scissors to cut out the body parts.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Working quickly, use a 3/4" flat brush to apply a coat of Matte Medium over the area where the owl will be.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Place the body down and the head overlapping it, then smooth out with the 3/4" flat brush and add more Matte Medium on top to seal. Rinse brush.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Print off a clock face of choice and cut out with scissors.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Trace and transfer the owl wings onto another scrapbook paper of choice. Use scissors to cut out the wings.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use a 3/4" flat brush and Matte Medium to adhere the wings and the clock in the belly of the owl. Brush more Matte Medium on top to seal. Rinse brush.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Trace and transfer stripes on the belly or freehand. With a #8 flat brush, make a wash of Dark Grey Value 3 and water to create stripes. Let dry. Use the same brush and load with just Dark Grey Value 3 to make bold horizontal strokes. Rinse brush.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Use a #8 flat brush to mix (1) part Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide with (1) part water to make a wash. Use the wash to paint over the tops of the ears and the outer perimeter of head and wings and to make a faded haze around the entire owl. Rinse brush.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Use a #8 flat brush and Transparent Red Iron Oxide to paint over the center of the clock and outline the border. Rinse brush.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Use a found object and pen or pencil to trace circles for the owl's eyes. (I used a wide paint bottle.)
    Step 13 Example
  15. Use a #8 flat brush and Gold Metallic to fill in the eyes. Rinse brush.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Use a pen or pencil and the tracing and transfer papers to trace and transfer the beak to the canvas.
  17. Use a #8 flat brush and Medium Grey Value 6 to paint the right side of the beak. Rinse brush. Use the same brush and Dark Grey Value 3 to paint the left side. Rinse brush. Use the #1 round brush and Dark Grey Value 3 to outline the whole beak. Add a small amount of Medium Grey Value 6 to the same brush to shade the right side of the beak. Rinse brush.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Use pen or pencil and the tracing and transfer paper to trace and transfer the gear lower eyelids.
  19. Use a #1 round brush and Dark Grey Value 3 to outline the lower eyelids. Rinse brush. Use the same brush and Silver Metallic to fill in the eyelids. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Reapply the Americana Gears and Cogs Stencil over the eyes. Load a new cosmetic sponge with Transparent Red Iron Oxide to pounce on both eyes. Wash stencil.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Use a #1 round brush and Transparent Red Iron Oxide to outline the owl and add the robot lines and gear patterns on wings. Rinse brush.
    Step 20 Example
  22. Once dry, use craft glue to adhere washers and bolts to the eyebrows, nose holes, and wings.
    Step 21 Example
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