Friday, January 24, 2014

Love Owls!!

Hello EPeeps!!  Have you ever started a project or a layout and not been happy with the finished project? That happened to me this week.  I made a long canvas with 5 owls on it but it didn't work for me and I just wanted to paint over it.  However, when I looked at the canvas there were certain elements that I liked . . . the background and two owls.  So I started over.  I took the pieces that I liked and remade them.   And now I LOVE my little Love Owls!! So I really encourage you, if you are working on something that just isn't going right, pick out what works and keep those elements!  You don't have to get it right the first time!  Keep trying!


I started by randomly stamping directly onto the blank canvas.


I used my gelli plate and white tissue paper to create another part of the background. First, I made a print of chevron and then a second layer of hearts on top. 

I used matte medium to put the tissue paper down onto the stamped canvas.  The transparency of the tissue paper lets you see the stamped layer . . .  favorite technique!

Next I cut out my Love Owls from Fancy Pants, Be. Loved. paper pack. If you get any Valentine's Day papers this year, THIS is the one you need!! The patterns, the colors the shapes . . . perfect!!  I LOVE it! And honestly, this paper could be used all year!! I am tempted to get a second pad of paper, just so I can have extras to use again! 

I laid out my pieces, used matte medium to glue them down. (I really like using matte medium, if you didn't know that by now.  I like that matte medium isn't as sticky or gloopy as glue or decoupage).  After the matte medium dries, I used pens and Pitt Pens to highlight and finish off the canvas!! 



 Thank you all for stopping by today!! Click on the eclectic Paperie link as fast as you can and grab the Fancy Pants Be.Loved. Paper - I just can't tell you how much I love it!!  And I hope you all enjoyed my Love Owls and are inspired to keep trying when a page or a project isn't going as planned!!  
 (In fact, if you want to see the 5 owl canvas, I will bravely put it up on my blog, just to show you ... . ... make me feel better though by leaving me a comment on a project you almost gave up on but loved what happened in the end!)  
Karen

5 comments:

toni said...

How cute are your owls! Love your layered canvas, great pics of the work in progress, lovely bright and cheerful piece xx

Micki said...

lol Karen, when I read your question about starting a project and not liking the end result? I started laughing because pretty much every project is like that for me. I love how you took what you liked and redid it. Love the paper pieced owls and yes, I agree with you THAT is the paper to have. Love the finished canvas.

Sue Lelli said...

Your owls turned out so CUTE and I LOVE the doodling! I'm going to go play with that paper now!

Colleen said...

Karen,
I love your owls they are just adorable. The colors really bring out the whimsy nature of the owls. I also love that the gals here including yourself aren't afraid to talk about your less than satisfying projects it really does encourage me to keep going. On my way to your blog.

Tracy said...

They are sooooooo Adoreable, admire and love your work Karen!
Big hugs
Tracy
xoxo