Hi everyone. Happy Friday to you.
Today I have a journal page for Nicole's Friday Face Off , Gillena's Friday Lunch Break and also for Matilde's All About Numbers challenge at Art Journal Journey.
This is a page I started last fall, and then it sat there unfinished for many months. I decided it was time to complete it.
I started with an orange painted page, and then I glued down the owl. After he was dry, I took a pine branch and cone stencil as well as some colored stencil paste and stenciled around him. I had to do the stenciling in 2 sittings because I didn't want my colors to blend together. First I did the needles, and then I added the cones.
I stamped and colored the owl and then added the hat and the die cut glasses to him. I also decided to dull down the pine background just a bit so I sponged on some gesso.
Mr. Owl's branch is painted with bronze colored thick body acrylic and then details were added with a Sharpie. I also added a few bits of tissue paper, as well as the sticker quotes. Finally I cut the numbers out of a sheet of printed paper and added them.
And this year up at my Mother-in-law's home on the lake, Mama Merganser has 10 babies. Look at them all. I hope they all make it.
My mother-in-law has been in rehab since April when she took a very nasty fall and broke her back, her shoulder and part of her facial bones. Truthfully I don't think she is going to be able to come home at all this summer, but she is not going to be able to ever live at her house alone again. That's really a sad thing. We live about 30 minutes south of her home, and she wants people to use it, so we often take a ride up so the dogs can go swimming. Us too, even though the water is still on the colder side. The hubby and I both like to swim, although I'm not a very strong swimmer and he is.
The yellow circles you see in this next photo are some of the fish nests that are at the bottom in the shallow water near the shore. You can tell it's been a lot quieter here than usual (June has been cold and fairly wet) because both sides of the dock have tons of nests. I definitely haven't seen this many fish nests here.
And this same day last weekend we had some pretty skies too.
And look at this dragonfly that landed on my bird feeder pole the other day.
I really need to get a dragonfly ID book or brochure or something as I have no idea what kind it is.
My roses have really started to bloom also. They had a lot of dead branches that I cut back once I got home from Iceland, and I guess they liked me doing that.
And finally for this post, the wild blackberries growing along one edge of my driveway are blooming too.
Have a great start to your weekend.
Thanks for visiting too.