Sunday, September 21, 2014

Two Birds of a Feather

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I know I've told you many times about my friend Judy Shea, who I met two years ago at Art is You because we accidentally roomed together.  Since then, we have roomed together two more times, and Judy has inspired me to create new stencils (See my posts about the Judy's Trees and Teapot and Teacups stencils!). This is one of the wonderful things about going on art retreats - you never know if your next lifelong friend will be there!



I wanted to make Judy something special for her birthday.  I remembered that when she first moved into her new home, she posted a photo on Facebook of a Snowy Owl she had spotted.  So I decided to make her an owl themed gift.  I also know that teal is Judy's favorite color - so I started my canvas with a teal wash.  Then I scraped Wendy Vecchi's Gold Embossing paste through the Three Owls on a Branch Stencil from Stencil Girl Products.

I used Cecilia Swatton's Feathers 6 Stencil to add more foliage around the owls and added the sentiment in my own handwriting.  The gears are from my stash.


Happy Birthday Judy Shea!








Here's a video of me creating an art journal page with the owl stencils.  You can also watch Owl Art Journal Page on YouTube here.  



Have a wonderful week, and let your good friends know that you appreciate them!

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15 comments:

  1. Love your owl canvas AND journal page...these stencils look lovely in your work.

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  2. What a pretty painting. I love owls.

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    1. me too! Especially Hedwig from Harry Potter!

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  3. Your canvas is gorgeous Jessica! Judy will love it!!! That gold embossing paste is fabulous!

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  4. Friends like that make the world a beautiful place... and so does your work! Love the owl-art you created!

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  5. The painting is stunning - I love owls, how can I not love this beautiful image? I think your friend will be very happy! I also enjoyed your video - I need to check out Stencil Girl!

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    1. Thank you Carola. If you're new to stencils or Stencil Girl, check out Stencil Club - it's a really good deal with 3 stencils each month and lots of free tutorials. Let me know if you have any questions!

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  6. I am sure Judy just loves this piece. Art-Is-You is just around the corner, can't believe it. xox

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  7. I can't tell you how honored I am to have a personal handmade gift from you. You are amazing that you remembered the snowy owl. Thank you again and again for your big heart.

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  8. Having known Judy for over ten years, I know how much she appreciates the time and effort you put into her gift. Both of the owl pieces you showed in the post are fantastic. I love watching you create. You make it seem so effortless.
    ...Raine

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  9. What a wonderful gift for Judy!! The fact that you remembered the owl and used her favorite color- so sweet! Your quote is just as adorable as your owls are ! Beautiful Jessica!

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  10. This is so gorgeous, and I know Judy must adore it. Love the rich colors!

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