Friday, May 20, 2011

Fabric Owl - Paint Party Friday

Well, I guess it had to happen - after all my visits to the family of Great Horned Owls I was inspired to do something artsy about them. So I started a small 5x5 canvas, covering it with acrylic paints and a tree. My mind was set to have a fabric owl on that canvas - this was a great excuse to go and get some fat quarters (no, I'm not a quilter, I can't even sew). I guess fat quarters make a fat owl - this one is rather round...(she probably had a lot of mice to eat).


Now my question is - how do I do the finish? Usually I just cover the entire canvas with a layer of gel medium, but I have no idea whether I can put that on top of fabric. Can anyone tell me, please? Or shall I just leave it as is?

This is my entry for Paint Party Friday which is one of my blogging highlights in the week - please visit the other talented artists, there is so much amazing work to see. It is a wonderful artful journey.

33 comments:

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi
I'm visiting from Paint Party Friday (this is my first time!)
Adorable canvas. When I incorporate fabric into artwork I tend to leave it as is but maybe there is a "proper" way.
Wishes
Lynne

Roban Studio said...

Hi Carola! Little owl came out sooo cute! I knew it would. You can get some clear gesso and paint a few coats on your fabric owl. Then after it dries, you will be able to seal the entire piece with your gel medium. Happy PPF! Hugs

Nancy said...

Well this is just adorable. Great work!

Sacred Yoli said...

This is adorable! Happy PPF!

Netty said...

This is one gorgeous owl and I love him. Happy PPF, Annette x

Heather said...

ooh, i love the experimentation here, especially fun!!! I love owls, and yours is adorable. I like how you added the fabric, i have never worked with it before - your piece is very inspiring!!!

Julie Prichard said...

Cute and plump! I want to put him in my pocket :) Happy PPF!

EVA said...

Wow! How cute!!

i have really enjoyed the photos and stories of these owls. I've been reading along but not commenting. Very exciting to be so close to the drama!

Kay L. Davies said...

Adorable owl, Carola, and you say "she" so I'm guessing you think the owlets are one boy and one girl. I'm sure they are.
It's been such fun following their growth, and problems, with you. You're going to be so glad you have this "artsy" reminder of your owl family.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Hi Carola...this is gorgeous and wonderful..inspiring piece!
Shine on!
Victoria

art2cee2 said...

Cute Owl! :-)

Kat Sloma said...

I love how life shows up in our art and our art shows up in our life in different ways! It's a cute chubby owl. :) Happy PPF!

Kristin Dudish said...

Oh Carola - this is so cool! I love those eyes... what fun :)

xo
Kristin

Molly said...

I can't give any advice on how to finish but I can say how much I LOVE this!!

I treated myself to a trip to Charming Charlies today (local costume jewelry store) and when I came across all the owl jewelry I immediately thought of you :)

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Christine said...

wow, a fabric owl, how beautiful!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Looks great just like it is!

Gloria said...

That's a great idea to use the clear gesso. I like the way it looks now, it's awesome. Looks like you had fun with it and that's what counts. Happy PPF!

Christine E-E said...

adorable! love the eyes!!! and background color. you know; i've never used gesso... only mod podge! so i better not make any recommendations.

Hybrid J said...

Such creative fabric work. Well Done!

Terrie said...

Happy PPF - I like the loose and quiet background so the fat little owl takes center stage. And I don't sew either and really like the way you've added fabric to a painting. I've done something similar in a collage and just sealed it with matte medium which seemed to work fine.

La Abela said...

I leave it how it is. Sne if these materials do not support anything else is so nice. Saludos

Puna said...

This is beautiful! A great tribute to your real life owls.

Anne said...

Love your fabric owl! Haha... fat quarters make him fat. So cute.

patty said...

Very cute!! A perfect example of your everyday life informing your art. Love it!

Pam Tucker said...

This is SO COOL! I LOVE it! Wonderful idea to add the fabric to the canvas. Great choice of fabrics, btw. :)

SHERI C said...

He needs his beak! Can't wait to see what more you add to this great start! HAPPY PPF!

Rosie Kaplan said...

Excellent use of mixed media in art! Well done

Melisa said...

Cute fat owl! How did he get so fat without a beak? You can put gel medium right over the fabric. No need to gesso first. But it will change the look of the fabric so try it on a scrap first to make sure you like it. It would be fine just like it is too, just a little harder to dust.

Tammie said...

hello, I am still visiting for PPF.
Such a charming owl. And your owl photos above are amazing!
Fun that my mermaid inspired you. Is it the above tropical piece you were thinking of?I love your use of color and texture!

Heather said...

This is adorable!!! I love the use of the fabric!!! So cute!!

JoZart said...

He's fab but I want him to have a little beak so he can catch them mice to eat! I love the teal/orange combo.... delish!
Hugs JoZarty x
Take a look at my previous post as there's a pic at the end of a special little'un on an orange sofa!

karen said...

This is fabulous!!! Well done!!
I love that you used fabric for the owl! This is true mixed media!
Congratulations on a beautiful piece of art!
xoxo Karen

Ali said...

Oooh that's lovely! What a fabulous idea. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Ali #70