I’ve had a brilliant time with this month’s theme. For February, Cathy chose Birds of Prey, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Just after Christmas, I got a phone call to say I’d won in a raffle. I never win anything so I was really excited to find out that I’d got a years family pass to the local birds of prey sanctuary. We hadn’t got round to going so at the beginning of February I took the theme as the perfect excuse to take us all off for a look at the birds.
It was amazing! All the birds are rescued, mostly from people who think they can keep them as pets and let them go when they find out they’re too demanding. There were some sad stories of how the birds came to be there, but it was wonderful to see them up close and see them thriving under proper care!
I took a million photos, but out of all the birds there, my favourites had to be the owls. Particularly barn owls. I’ve seen them in the wild quite often and was surprised to find out there are only 1-2000 pairs in the UK. We went back the following week for a meet the owls event and I got to see them out of their pens and hopping around their perches.
My first owl was inspired by some moths I’ve been making with opening wings. I adapted the design to make a flapping owl. I like how the eyes turned out on this one!
I’ve been really enjoying painting recently. I’ve always practised, but never really been happy with my work. A new set of fancy paints really made a difference so I made more. These hanging decorations were painted on wood and decorated with beads & crystals to catch the sunlight.
I decided to try out painting on a different surface, so made up a doll shape from calico and stitched and stuffed it.
It’s really fun to paint on, so I made it a friend, this time trying out making a pattern for more shape. Not sure which I prefer, but I do like their eyes!
And finally, my favourite thing… an automaton. This project took most of the month on and off, adding bits and deciding how it would work and look. I’m rubbish at drawing plans and like to let things happen as I make them so I was really happy to see that this turned out just as I’d hoped.
The mechanism is hidden so it looks like the owl is really flying!
Big thanks to Cathy for a wonderful theme, it’s been really inspiring and great fun to work with!
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