|Hooty the Owl|
Not wholly confident in my own artistic ability, I printed an owl photo I liked from the web. Using the owl template, I drew an outline on the glass of a Dollar Tree picture frame. I had already painted the backside of the glass white. It gave me a starting point, in the end they really look nothing alike. The outline is of a barred owl, but mine is species unknkown.
|I started at the head and worked down|
|Leaves, branch pieces, pine cones, jewelry nippers & pliers|
Using my hot glue gun and the pine cone petals, I started working down from the owl's head, attaching the petals around the two branch circles that formed the eyes. Using the picture as a guide on different sections of the owl, I would flip the pine cones petals in different directions to give the appearance of long feathers-vs-short feathers, and tail feathers-vs-wings.
When it came time to make a beak and talons, I cut pieces of wood from the branches using jewelry nippers. I used an Elmer's Painters marker, to paint the talons and the owl's pupils black for more contrast.
The branch the owl sits on was made using actual bark from branch pieces I had on hand from yard work (remember the Rustic Fall Centerpiece?). I simply stripped the bark off the dried wood and glued it to the glass. I included some Mod-Podge-enhanced leaves from my front yard to adorn the owl's branch; I think they add needed color. All parts of this project are attached using hot glue. Everything in the composition of the owl and branch is from various tree parts.
This was a fun project and I am still dreaming of things I can make using pine cones!
|I like the pine tar on some of the pine cone petals...|
it just adds to the illusion of feathers.
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