I love a good challenge, and this month’s Create & Share presented that and more! We were partnered with Graphic Stock, a great online resource for stock images, and tasked with creating a home decor project using one of their images. I decided that since it was already pushing my creativity, I’d try my hand at something I don’t regularly DIY: wall art.

Also… You are going to be getting a little sneak peek into my theme and colour scheme for the nursery! Eeee! Please don’t read too much into the colour scheme. Whether baby is a boy or a girl, we love blue and will be using LOTS of it!

Whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

I received one year’s subscription to from Graphic Stock in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are my own. 

I wanted to do a piece with an owl theme (which is not the full extent of the nursery theme, BTW), and found this cute and whimsical image from Graphic Stock. I thought I’d make something sweet using mixed media, and set about gathering my materials.

  • Image template
  • Felt (white, grey, and black)
  • Acrylic paint (white and turquoise)
  • Sharp scissors (a rotary cutter actually did NOT make this easier)
  • Cardstock (or a canvas)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft glue
  • Frame

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

I began by turning the Graphic Stock image into a template for the little owl. I outlined the owl and then traced the pieces onto a separate piece of paper.

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

Ta-da! One sweet little owl, ready to deliver mail and generally be an awesome friend.

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

The part that scared me was painting the base of the picture, the cartoon-esque tree. I am very, VERY scared of painting, which has never been my strong suit, and thought it would look terrible. I got lucky though, and it was fairly easy to re-reate the look of the tree from the image.

How to make a piece of whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

Once I assembled the picture using craft glue, I framed it in a simple white frame. I’m so pleased with how it turned out! I hope the baby appreciates that his/her (really not giving anything away, folks!) mommy made it with love (especially if he/she looks closely at the brushstrokes). 🙂

Whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

Whimsical owl art inspired by a Graphic Stock image | Create & Share Challenge

In case you are interested in trying your hand at some DIY wall art, you’ll find plenty of inspiration at Graphic Stock. You can try out their service for FREE for seven days by clicking here!

Now is the really fun part, where you get to hop around to the other participating blogs and check out what they created for the challenge!

 

1. Old House To New Home ~ DIY Little Girls Room Tray

2. Shabby Grace Blog ~ Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

3. Creatively Homespun ~ DIY LOVE sign

4. Refashionably Late ~ Library Book Storage

5. Casa Watkins ~ DIY Moroccan Dessert Plates

6. Tastefully Frugal ~ Be Mine Banner

7. The Weathered Fox ~ True Love Pillow

8. Green With Decor ~ St. Patrick’s Day Mason Jar Craft

9. Domicile 37 ~ Butterfly Entomology Clock

10. Up To Date Interiors ~ DIY Notebooks with GraphicStock

11. One Mile Home Style ~ Hand Embroidered Dandelion Wall Art

12. Uncookie Cutter ~ Rustic Americana Wall Art

13. Flourish and Knot ~ Whimsical Owl Art

14. Our House Now A Home ~ DIY Custom Kids Tote Bags with Graphic Stock

15. Pocketful of Posies ~ Valentine’s Day Paper

16. The House Down The Lane ~ DIY Heart Candle Holders and Printable

17. The Twin Cedars ~ Rustic Wood Wall Art

18. Iris Nacole ~ Graphic Stock Valentine’s Day Pillow

19. Refresh Living ~ Salvaged Barn Wood Valentines Decor

20. Farmhouse 40 ~ Bird Canvas Wall Art

 

 

38 Comments on Whimsical Owl Art: Create & Share Challenge

  1. Sooo cute! I adore this little owl! A great art piece for a nursery, playroom, and any kid area like a reading nook. Looking forward to seeing how the entire room comes together. 🙂 Thanks for participating in the Create and Share this month!

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