Steampunk Owls 37

Mona Pendleton | Friday, January 17, 2014 @ 6:39 AM | ,

Hi there! So happy it's Friday! One of my New Year's resolutions is to try to make it a point to use crafting products that I have been hoarding / collecting ! This past summer, I traveled to San Jose, California just to take a class from one of my favorite mixed media artists, Finnabair. I learned a variety of techniques and she introduced me to the magical LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glazes and I've been hooked since! 

I was inspired to alter the pair of cuuuuute metal owls shown below by a project that Finnabair shared on the LuminArte blog using the techniques I've learned along the way:
In case you were curious what the owls looked like before I got my hands on them:
Here's what they looked like before I adhered a variety of metal trinkets from my stash:
I wanted the larger one to resemble a Momma owl so I used a variety of pink glazes (notice the heart adhered to her chest?)
and the smaller one, is suppose to represent a little boy owl so I used a variety of blue glazes. (Notice the key trinket dangling on his chest?) I made these with my son Jerry in mind. Silly as it sounds, he turns 26 years old next month and is getting married in March but he will always be my baby and will forever hold the key to my heart :) sniff, sniff Time just flies and our children seem to grow up over night.
Here are some close ups of each: 
I love to hoard / collect metal trinkets from Hobby Lobby especially when they go on sale for 50% off
Both of their beaks were metal trinkets from Making Memories that I've had for more than 15 years!


Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Hope you have a great weekend!
Be Sweet ;)
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37 Sweet Comments So Far:

Alina said...

Gorgeous alteration project! Sooo sweet!

Angie said...

HAPPY Friday to you!!! Oh Mona, these are so fun! I love the sweet elements of heart and key for momma and son!!!! So sweet! Love the glazes!

Wow, it really does zoom doesn't it!!! My 1st born turns 17 on the 27th!!! He was just a little boy yesterday...how is it he is 17!!

Daria RzepczyƄska said...

Hahahahah crazy owls... beautiful!

Marisa Job said...

Stunning projects!! These are beyond beautiful!!

Ros Crawford said...

What a lovely project ... I have to say I loved them even before the paints went on ... so pretty in the bronze! Great job Mona

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

What a fun, fabulous project!

Julia Aston said...

These are just so cool and fun Mona! what great layering of trinkets - and a lovely story for the creation of each one!

SusanH said...

Wow Mona, this is absolutely amazing and so creative! Love these cute little owls and how he altered them!

Elena Olinevich said...

these look amazing

Lisa S. said...

I'm right with you Mona, my baby boy is 26 this Sept. and I wonder all the time how it all went by so fast. This is a lovely tribute to your special ones and I love the new look each owl received. Inspiring project, thanks!!! Hugs

1CardCreator said...

Oh wow, these look so fun and so artsy too! Love how you captured the whimsical nature in the owls. ~Diane

Maywyn Studio said...

Love them! Good work.
One hanging on a wall by the door will make a great key holder.

Jo said...

wow! mona these are fabulous!!! and such a transformation ... what a great way to use up old metal trinkets!

joyce said...

Wow Mona! This are just awesome, so very innovative and creative too.

butterfly said...

Sheer genius - I mean, they were already pretty cute, but you've turned them into something completely spectacular - love, love, love them!!
Alison x

Pammy said...

Oh what amazing fun, Mona! Love your darling little owls! So creative; love the colors!

Lisa said...

SERIOUSLY!!! You are a very good student, Mona these are amazing! I knew right away when I read a mama and a son that it was inspired by your Jerry!!!

Lynette said...

This is so cute Mona...I love owls...and can just imagine a pretty one like these standing somewhere in my home. I am planning to keep my eyes peeled for one of these.

Feikje said...

OMG! They are really awesome :)

Dodie said...

These are so cool! Now I have something ELSE to obsess over until I can get the glazes and paints. Love how you added the gears, etc. did you paint them first and then adhere or adhere and then paint? Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful artwork!

Lynn said...

Wow! What a great example of taking something and making it extraordinary with your crafty supplies! I will be keeping my eyes open for possibilities next time I shop my fave dollar and thrift store shops! How inspiring this project is.

Davi said...

Oh my gosh are those the most fabulous creations Mona!! Love love all the embellies and the transformation is amazing :)

Christine L said...

ABSOLUTELY........ ABSOLUTELY...... ABSOLUUUUUUTELY BRILLIANT!

Hugs
Christine x

sandi said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! These are so neat looking!!! LOVE, love love them! Sooooooooo creative!

Julie said...

So cool, Mona! What an awesome idea! Love all the metal trinkets! Cutest owls ever!

HeatherCz said...

What an adorable project! Quite the transformation! Love your creativity!

Constance said...

Love this project Mona! Owls are my favourite! Love how you altered them; really amazingly creative! Thanks for sharing!

Helen Watanabi said...

Wow, this is incredible Mona! Love how used the gears and other metal details! So creative! And the colors are gorgeous! Only you could come up with something so creative! TFS!

Heather Jensen said...

These are absolutely darling! I love the details you added like the heart for momma and the key for her son. These are works of art! :)

I was looking at Collin last night and wondering when he turned into a young man. Time sure does fly. sigh

Yesnir said...

Mona, these are absolutely fabulous! Love the gorgeous details and colors! So creative!

Stella said...

Mty oh my oh my; this is fabulous. Love how you showed and shared the "transition".Wow!

Sheri L said...

Wow, this is absolutely amazing, Mona! Love it!

Mary Reidel said...

Amazing owls, Mona! They looks so much better after you altered them! Really amazing use of those metal embellishments! Thanks for sharing!

Mirna said...

Wow, Mona, these are so fabulous! Really love how you transformed them! The metal work is amazing and I love how you added color! Jaw dropping!

Jennifer Pratt said...

Incredibly creative, Mona!!! Wow, I love these little creatures! Absolutely amazing!

Nicole N. (Nicole's Craft Nook) said...

I'm so impressed !!! Wowwweeekazowwweeee!!!
They are so amazing !! You had those trinkets for a really really really long time !! :)) & I just love what they represent !! Too sweet !!

Ruki said...

these are so cute!!! what an amazing work you've done!!


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