Oct 6, 2016

Hello Autumn Mixed Media Owl Canvas

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We have a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and I will be this month's hostess.  Our challenge theme for October is Elements of Nature.  Here's how I've described the theme, "Whether you are inspired by the glorious world around us with the changing seasons, or tempted to use elements of nature in your art work, this month we'd love to see your nature inspired entries.  Anything goes as long as you include a natural element in your art which can be either either stamped or an actual item! As always you need to include stamping or stenciling."


I recently purchased a digital plaid background bundle from the company Creative Market.  As a result, they sent me free weekly downloads and I got this fall watercolor leaf package for free.  You can get this download through 10/9/16 HERE.  I can't wait to see what freebies they offer next week!  These leaves are amazing and yes, I printed and fussy cut every last one!  But it was fun to do because they are such glorious and vibrant eye candy.

Sadly, I forgot to take a pic of my background.  I used a Finnabair dots stencil and crackle stamp and Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays.


My main idea was to use a square tea tin lid to build a nest for my sweet owl.  I have a very nostalgic and sweet story of me and my grandmother seeing an owl in the wood near our home and this piece brings back all of those precious memories...


Here you can see the tin a little better.  It is a beautiful copper.  I cut a piece of wood grain paper to go inside and layered with basket filler.  I added in several of those lovely tiny pine cones from a girl scout trip to the eastern most elevated area of the US, in North Carolina.  Man, I love those itty bitties!  I built up my layers by using twigs underneath.


I just had to add this banner, one of the beautiful free downloads from a different set.  Of course, to me it is a pun.  I love the idea of this owl looking back to me from his autumnal setting saying hello!  But then, I'm a silly and imaginative girl...  Happy autumn to you my friends!


I'm also sharing with:
I used the following sprays from the Go Greased Lightening Set:
Rizzo's Rowdy Red, Sandra Dee Sepia, Tears on My Pillow Tangerine
STAMPlorations: Anything Goes Mixed Media w/Stencil

30 comments:

  1. Wooow, Autumn, this is spectacular! Those watercolor leaves are simply marvelous, so vibrant and so realistic! Your owl nest is stunning and so super creative! The background is fabulous and that tag with a quote is a perfect addition to your brilliant design, my friend!
    I hope you and your family are safe and well!
    Sending hugs and prayers! Branka xx

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  2. OH Autumn I saw the banner and smiled straight away - I love a good pun! This is absolutely gorgeous - love your owl peeping out.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. A really pretty Autumnal creation, lovely Autumnal colours and beautifully put together.

    B x

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  4. I don't think I have ever seen more beautiful digital images than those glorious leaves - they are truly stunning, it was so worth fussy cutting them out! The owl is incredible, he looks so realistic peeping out from the beautiful wood of the tree which is beautifully coloured. Great pun too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  5. What a cutie! Loving all those leaves and the owl peeking through! It looks super dimensional!

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  6. This is a gorgeous Autumnal canvas, I love the warm tones and those fantastic leaves which look so real.
    Lorraine

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  7. It is a really beautiful piece of art sweet Autumn. So many lovely colours and amazing textures abound, right up my street so to speak Karen xx

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  8. Oh my goodness! Those digital leaves are breathtakingly beautiful! I so enjoyed your sentiment pun. Teehee! What a wonderful trip down memory lane with the owl and the tin lid. This is a gorgeous design dearie. Hugz to you muffin!

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  9. A Happy Autumn Potpourrie!
    Wonderful colors, fresh colors, so I like the autumn!

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  10. This is fantastic. I'm off to investigate these digits.

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  11. WOW!!! This is AMAZING and absolutely GORGEOUS!! Fantastic creation Autumn!! LOVE IT!

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  12. Amazing canvas!Thank you for join us at Lindy's Stamp Gang!

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  13. Wonderful elements & colors, Autumn! You're an amazing designer--love seeing what you come up with!

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  14. Each projects are a master pieces Autumn :) I so love them :) HUGS

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  15. This gorgeous, the own looks absolutely real....love it...love it love it!!!

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  16. Absolutely stunning canvas fabulous texture and embellishments love all the natural elements and the gorgeous Autumn coloured leaves-a beautiful memory piece and great realistic looking owl
    Carol x

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  17. This is absolutely stunning Autumn... the colours and composition are perfect...those leaves look real and i adore the owl. Fabulous! Hugs rachel x

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  18. Oh my gosh... this is the most gorgeous thing I've seen in a while... love everything about it... those beautiful leaves... that owl... all of the natural elements and the tin... perfect!

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  19. Oh my gosh, this is spectacular!! Wow!! What amazing colors!! The leaves look real!! I love the owl and the pinecones!! Every detail is perfection!! This is stunning, Autumn!! I love it so much!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  20. Like I said on Insta: Love the sneaky-peeky owl! And HERE'S to bird memories with grandmas! I have many myself. Must add: love the colors and colorfulness of the piece-- adds a surreal aspect to a natural scene. Here's a word for you: Tsuga, pronounced "soogah"... scientific genus for hemlock species, of which these cones are from! This conifer species has the most character! They look like Seuss trees!

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  21. wow lovely texture and colors thanks for playing at Lindy's stamp gang Challenge this month!!!!

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  22. You certainly rocked the fall feeling here! This is gorgeous! Thank you for joining at Lindy's stamp gang!

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  23. Hi, Autumn! It is a wonderful project and a lovely mix of the warm colours, textures and stamps. I just love this hidden owl!
    Thank you for joining in with the October Kartishok's challenge "Autumn leaves and old books"
    Hugs
    Irena DT

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  24. Stunning as always!
    Thanks for joining us at More Mixed Media Challenges blog and Good Luck !
    Maryvonne - DT member

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  25. Wow, super creative project! Thank you for joining Lindy's Stamp Gang color challenge!

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  26. So gorgeous
    Thanks for playing along at Lindys!

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  27. Love the wild, natural look of this, Autumn - and the tree trunk hiding the owl, in those beautiful blue-greens, looks amazing amidst all the vivid autumn foliage. Brilliant!
    Alison x

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  28. such a lovely project again :)!! thanks for playing along with us at the STAMPlorations mixed media challenge!

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  29. Gorgeous piece of Mixed Media Art, totally love the blue owl peeking, :=). Thank you for joining the STAMPlorations Mixed Media challenge.

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