Peregrine Falcon

It’s a new month so we are launching our June challenge today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

My mixed media page was inspired by the Peregrine Falcon that lives locally to us (grin!).

I started by tearing some feather designed paper into pieces and sticking them onto the page using a glue stuck. Then I coloured the rest of the page using Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and applied some Pébéo white gesso over the page using a brayer. When dry, I stencilled a Distressed Sequins stencil from Tando Creative using the Distress Inks again.

The Peregrine Falcon image and other paper pieces were cut from a Stamperia Paper Pad and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker before sticking them in place using double-sided tape.

I also used the Stamperia paper to create the wording which was embossed using a Typewriter embossing folder by Tim Holtz. I cut the letters out to create small tiles and then I coloured the letters using a Brown Grey Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir marker before sticking them in place.

To finish, I added the grungy metal embellishment which was stuck in place using glue dots.

For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste. To join our mixed media challenge all you need to do is use three different mediums on your projects; I hope that you are inspired to join us, it would be lovely to see you there!

We were lucky to see the Peregrine Falcon flying around near to where we live.

Peregrine falcons are fascinating birds, if your interested here are some facts about them:

  • Peregrine falcons are the fastest creatures on the planet, reaching speeds of over 321 kph (200 mph) as they dive to catch their prey from a great height in a movement called a ‘stoop’.
  • Tower blocks, bridges and cathedrals offer the perfect urban alternative to nesting on cliff tops, and pigeons and starlings provide a reliable source of food which we have in abundance here.
  • Their nostrils guide shock waves of air to stop the high pressure damaging their lungs while they dive. A natural design so that inspired the design of the first jet engines!
  • They have excellent binocular vision which is eight times better than that of a human so they are able to see prey from more than 3 km away.

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well! x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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

  • The Works (Paper Pad Sheets with Glitter)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Mini Brayer
  • Tando Creative Stencil (Distressed Sequins)
  • Stamperia Double Faced Sheets (Forest)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175B)
  • X-Press It! Double-sided tape
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades (Typewriter 664760)
  • Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend marker (Brown Grey Blend BG9)
  • The Works (Metal Embellishments)
  • Stix2 glue dots
Challenges

As well as Creative Artiste, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #145 – Anything Goes with my Peregrine Falcon page.

Masculine challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my falcon art journal page.

Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge and their I’m Feeling Like Royalty challenge with my page as the Peregrine Falcon was considered a bird of royalty back when falconry was practiced in ancient times.

20 thoughts on “Peregrine Falcon

  1. Beautiful page Jo, and wonderful photos of the peregrine falcon! I love spotting birds of prey. We had a sparrowhawk in our garden recently, but luckily no small birds were around, and we saw a red kite last weekend on our morning walk 😊
    Hope you’re having a lovely week,
    Alison xx

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  2. Glad you added Falcon to the title.
    I´m “certified” on Peregrine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peregrine_Systems), LOL. As in IT!
    It´s a help-desk-product customer Volkswagen required.
    It was such fun, that training .. not. Had a headache all through, my colleague, I thought, warned me I´m too fast driving and my boss overtook me in his car, showing me “the bird”.

    I prefer your beautiful work 🙂

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  3. This is a fabulous page Jo. I knew peregrines were fast, but I didn’t realize how fast they could move. That feather paper on your background is beautiful and works so well with your images of the falcon. It is a beautiful page. You also took some fabulous photos. It is nice seeing them from below. Usually when you look at bird books you see them in sitting/still pose and that’s not how birds are often seen in real life. Hope you also have a wonderful weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Beautiful choice of papers Jo makes a wonderful journal page a wonderful homage to the might peregrine falcon. I love the lettering I find it so therapeutic cutting out those typewriter folder keys.
    Hope you are keeping well? I’ve had a lovely day spent with my Son who came to visit, much needed family time. Hugs Tracey xx

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  5. I saw a peregrine falcon at my zoo. I think it should have been free, but who am I to deny others of seeing it, too. Your page is quite stunning and the design and composition are stunning. I really like the metal added touch, but those embossed letters are to die for. Well done, dear.

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  6. Your mixed media page celebrating the majesty of this fabulous bird looks so good Jo. The collage of layers blend and harmonise so well. Thank you for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog for this challenge x

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