Owl Superpowers

I have always loved owls so this page has been on my “To do list” for quite a while now. With the theme over at Art Journal Journey being “Nature’s Wonders”, I had the perfect excuse to get creative and tick this off my list – thank you.

I was inspired after watching a Natural World TV programme; it was really fascinating to watch as it revealed the magic behind the owl’s superpowers.

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First I applied Distress Ink with a circular blending tool then covered the whole page with a thin layer of white gesso using a baby wipe. Next I started on the smaller dot pattern using a paint brush to apply diluted Distress Ink and ink from Faber-Castell Big Brush markers, then I doodled on each shape with my black Uni Pin Fine Line marker to add detail (my hubby thinks these look like animal tracks). The owl image and name are from an old calendar, which I fussy cut with my scissors and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. Next I stamped the title of the page using black Archival Ink. The feather is from a doodle book that I painted using Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils and Aqua markers. To make the tags I coloured the front of the tag with a Big Brush marker then I cut pieces of grid paper to fit the inside of my tags and stamped the five superpowers on each one, sticking them to the tags using a UHU Stic. I numbered each tag using outline stickers which I coloured black using a Sharpie marker and then embellished the tags further with alphabet buttons. If you read the buttons from tag 1 to 5 you will see the word “magic”, I used this word not only because the owl is magic with it’s superpowers but so are the tags! My tags are actually attached to the page using Velcro so you can remove them and read the additional information for each of the superpowers (that I stamped) on the back.

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In this case I found it’s best to attach the tag using Velcro in two places so that the tags are secure. When you look at Velcro there is a barb side and a fluffy side, and it’s the fluffy side that detaches the easiest so I placed this on the tag so that it’s less likely to rip when being removed from the page. I think it’s pretty neat to be able to take the tag off and turn them over to understand more about the owl’s superpowers.

Owl

I choose this particular owl for my page because earlier this year we went on a tour of Marton Mere, a local Nature Reserve with one of our friends who volunteers there, specifically to see the Long-Eared owls. I was so excited and thankful we got to see them in their natural habitat. As you can see they were well camouflaged and our friend got better photos than we did (as usual), so with her permission I have included her photo – thank you! By the way those are just feathers on its head not its real ears that you can see. We had such a fab time! It is a lovely place to see wildlife especially birds.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles ,Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Baked Earth 1800, Willow 1900, Bark 2000)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Chocolate, Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Black 199)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • The Works (24 Assorted Craft Tags)
  • American Crafts DIY Shop (48 Papers 366665)
  • The Works British Birds Calendar 2016
  • North Parade Sudoku and Doodle (Animal Kingdom)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Mixed Numbers Silver ANT 8101013)
  • Home Bargains Love Letters (63 Self-Adhesive Letters)
  • UHU Stic
  • Self-Adhesive Velcro
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26 thoughts on “Owl Superpowers

  1. Great minds think a like ha ha – we’ve both done owl pages today with the same owl : )
    Your page is really beautiful – I just love everything about it. And your use of Velcro for the tags and the information on the back a brilliant idea! (thanks for the great Velcro tip too).
    Fabulous post and photo and as always you write such wonderful info/instructions – thanks.
    have a lovely Sunday and great week.
    Gill x 🙂

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    • Thanks a lot Gill! So funny we both posted owls today … happy serendipity :-). It’s the first time I have used velcro and it works well for this page. Hope you had a lovely Sunday and wishing you a happy week! J 🙂

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  2. I love owls as well and I ADORE your fantastic page ! Thank you for such a gorgeous Nature’s Wonders entry to AJJ Jo! Great that you could see them in nature and even got a photo – super!
    Happy rest of the Sunday !
    Always great to see your pages and many many thanks to your always so nice comments on my blog – they are much appreciated!!!

    oxo Susi

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    • You are very welcome Susi! AJJ gave me the perfect excuse to finally create this page and I like the way it turned out too. Yes it was fantastic to see them in their natural habitat and my friend was very kind to let me use her photo. Hope you had a lovely Sunday and wishing you a fab week ahead! J 🙂

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  3. I love your fantastic owl pages and all the facts you added to the tags. It was a super idea to use the velcro, I will remember that tip. Your owl photo is lovely, it must have been so special to see the owls that close. to you.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. I love owls too and I love you latest page Jo. (In fact I am working on an owl page too-who knew owls were so popular?) I like the tags with the facts, I didn’t know those things about owls. Very cool. And your friend caught a great photo. Its neat you can see them during the day. We have a pair of barred owls who nest around my house and I’ve seen them a couple of time over the last few years. They are pretty stealth and elusive for sure. Happy new week. Hugs-erika

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    • Thanks very much! I found the information fascinating and really wanted to include all I found out on my page so I would remember, so the tags worked really well . You are right the interaction is a fun element too! Have a great week! J 🙂

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  5. That’s marvellous to read about the owl and its abilities and your reversable magic tags are a great idea. I didn’t know most of this about owls, they are such magical creatures.
    Loved all about your artwork, loved reading all the details — the dotted tracks and how you made them, what colouring materials and even the glue you used and how you made that soft feather.

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    • Thanks so much! I have always loved owls and finding out all those facts made me appreciate them even more, they have such amazing superpowers! Thanks again for your kind comments and stopping by! Have a great week! J 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your kind comments! I was so amazed by the superpowers and I’m really pleased I managed to incorporate all the information on my page. The photo is fantastic, my friend is a wonderful photographer! Wishing you a happy week! J 🙂

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  6. Owls certainly ARE magical creatures. I have always wanted to spot one in the wild.
    Your page is a grand tribute and full of great info too Jo.
    You are the alphabet stamping Queen – WOWEE that must have taken lots of time.
    I would have had to talk to myself the entire time and your letters look so perfect too.
    You did great including all that info on your tags…all around brilliant.
    oxo

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    • Thanks so much Patty! You are right it took me ages to stamp all that information, I did it in two stages so it was easier. Most of it turned out good and there are a few mistakes, I don’t mind though :-). It was so amazing to see the owl in the wild, to be honest it was so well camouflaged I probably wouldn’t have known it was there at all. It was a good job we my friend knew where to look :-). Thanks again and have a fab weekend! J 🙂

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