It all started with one of the Calico barn owl shapes perched on a branch in the light of the moon.
After colouring the shape with acrylic paints, I fixed on an oval plaque collaged with a face, adding some detail in the form of feathers with a fine, pigment pen.
Putting my Owl Woman aside, I took one of the Calico Book Box Kits. Calico Kits can take no end of painting, ageing and distressing. I wanted this casket to resemble an old and mysterious tome that might have been passed from one magician to another!
Before assembling the kit, I painted a background in green, stencilling a woodland scene with birds over the top in different shades of blue; I stamped and embossed stamps of feathers over this and then dipped a juice lid into blue and white pools of acrylic paint to create a circle, which I then filled in with diluted white acrylic to form the centre of the moon! So that the moon would gleam, I dipped my lid into an embossing ink pad and then pressed it down, sprinkled with gold UTEE and melted to create a gleam!
I added layer after layer! Here you can see that I white and gold embossed feathers and stencilled some gold embossing paste through a script stencil. Spatters of melted gold UTEE and Frantage in blues and gold also found their way onto the project.
2 DecoArt products which really helped create the effect of ageing on this project were the One-Step Crackle and the clear Staining Antiquing Medium. Painting the One-Step Crackle over the project, leaving it to dry with a desk fan playing on it and then painting with a blend of equal parts antiquing medium and acrylic paint and wiping away, created a fine crackled effect.
I was pleased with the effect on the feathers. I added part of a flourish and a wren calling to the Owl Woman on her branch above his head.
Some detail of the crackle on the back of the casket. Between the covers is a box where the gifts nestle.
Thank You so much for stopping by and listening to the story of the Owl Woman and how she inspired Claire's casket. Have a wonderful week full of dreams and stories.
Calico Craft Parts Used on this Project
Barn Owl and Moon Scene
Sheet of MDF Oval Shapes
Book Box Kit
Bird and Vine Flourish
Sheet of MDF Garden Birds