Hi and welcome. We've had a little relief from the hot, dry conditions here,with some mizzly, welcome rain. In other areas of NSW bushfires are lessening which is great news for all of those involved in the firefighting efforts.
As well as completing layouts for some challenges I've been experimenting with some ideas for a girl's group (10 - 12 yr olds) who meet in their lunch hour once a week for various activities. I've been asked to do a Christmas activity with them and apart for what I've already planned (will show you when completed), I would like to also come up with a small, quickly-made gift they could make. If anyone has any ideas, could you share?
Today's layout is showing photos of a tawny frogmouth taken in early January, 2010. It was a particularly hot day with temps in the mid 30's (degrees C), and no breeze whatsoever. To get some relief from the heat, this tawny (and there were 2 others in the tree) sprawled out on a branch (the tree is in my front garden), with its wings on either side. It just seemed to be balanced there. It mustn't have been too uncomfortable, because it remained in this position for at least half an hour. I was lucky to get photos of it as it was spreading its wings to get cooler. I love the look on the tawny's face... it reminds me of 'Animal' from the Muppets.
The challenge at ARTastic this month is to use wood &/ or feathers. Pop on over to
http://artasticchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/ to see what the inspirational art work is, and what the fabulous Design Team have come up with.
I've had the paper in my stash for some time. The edges of the tree and owl paper were moistened before distressing and rolling. I also used gesso over a stencil and while damp, sprayed it with green and chocolate dylusions sprays...... what a surprise to find when the leaves dried that the ones sprayed with chocolate colour had turned ... PINK!!! ... not the colour I wanted. Back went the stencil and a good layer of 3D Stamping Paint added. The wooden feathers were sprayed with chocolate coloured dylusions and wrapped with twine to resemble the tawny feathers. Thickers in the title were painted with liquid pearls.
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