Monday, 9 April 2018


Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Mythology/Inspired By A Story. This week, we are challenging you to be inspired by a fable, myth or story and we hope you'll join us and play along this fun theme but please don't forget to mention on your post which myth, story or fable you are inspired by.

For my project, I was inspired by Greek mythology, a subject that I studied long and hard at school and which was always one of my favourite lessons. I remember doing an in-depth project on Ancient Greece, carefully drawing images of the Acropolis and ancient Gods and Godesses and to this day, I still love visiting the British Museum, where I’m fascinated by everything they exhibit. So when I saw this theme, I just knew what I wanted to create, a dimensional canvas panel telling the story of Athena's owl.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I created my background on a canvas board, 24 x 18cm ~ I wanted to keep the colours fairly neutral for this piece, creating the look of a stone coloured background, adding woody, earthy tones over the top and finishing the piece with touches of metallic bronze.

I applied some Tissue Tape directly to the background, placing it on the right hand side of the canvas, where I would be concentrating on my focal point. I scraped gesso over the top of the canvas and allowed this to dry before using Pumice Stone, Iced Spruce and Black Soot Distress Crayons over the top, blending them out with a semi dry baby wipe.

Once happy, with the colour and remember, you can always add more depth of colour by just adding more crayon to the areas you want darker, I then concentrated on texture and for this, I applied Grit Paste through the Crossed Layering Stencil.

When the paste is dry, I added some random stamping onto the background using the script stamp from the Entomology set.

To create the dripped effect on the central area of the background, I used the gold and black from the Prima Watercolour Metallic Paints palette and just allowed the paint to move around, creating drips and runs but what you can't see from the photo is the fabulous shimmer that these paints create. Heat dry the paint and then add some splatters using Black Soot Distress Paint.
I dry brushed some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint around the edges and also applied Black Soot Distress Crayon.

Next, I attached one of the Baseboard Frames, placing it directly over the top of the drippy painted area on the canvas and adhering it with Matte Collage Medium.

I added some of Tim's Wood Slices which were available around Christmas time but if you haven't got these, Simon Says Stamp also sell a similar product HERE.

I attached the wood slices, together with a Mechanical Rustic Washer from Prima and arranged these across the bottom section of my baseboard frame with some more Collage Medium....
...and then using 3D gel, I added the gel around the slices before sprinkling Art Stones over the top. I allowed these to set and dry thoroughly before painting them with Dragon's Eye and Unicorn's Hair Sparks Acrylic Paint.

You can see the wonderful dimension that these wood slices create on this piece in the photo below and the owl is just suspended onto these pieces...
Now to move onto the subject of this piece, the owl and for this I used the Ornate Owl die and cut it twice from a piece of Mixed Media Heavyweight card. I then stuck these two pieces together to create a more substantial die cut.

I painted the image with Walnut Stain, Antiqued Bronze, Ground Espresso and Black Soot Distress Paints, blending the colours together to add light and dark shading. I also added some white paint to the eyes.
Once the image was dry, I added a touch of Alchemy Wax around the edges to accentuate the body.

To create the body and the backing to the die cut, I then placed the owl onto a piece of card from my stash that I'd previously inked with a few of the neutral Distress Oxide Inks and cut around the outline.
I attached my owl over the top of some sisal fibres, placing it in the centre of the frame and allowing the branch to sit on top of the wood slices.

For the foliage, I used the Garden Greens Thinlits die and die cut various pieces from green kraft card and gold metallic kraft card. I inked the edges of the green foliage and applied Hazelnut and Gunmetal Alcohol Ink to the gold pieces to create the look of bronze.

I then attached the foliage by tucking it in behind my owl, arranging it in a spray across the canvas.
At the top of the frame, I used a Vignette Accent which I inked with the Hazelnut and Gunmetal Alcohol Ink that I'd previously used and attached the metal piece to my frame with Collage Medium. I then placed another Finnabair Mechanical Rustic Washer piece which reads 'Create Magic' in the centre of the Accent and added a Star Adornment.
Below the frame, I wanted to add the word 'Wisdom' and used the Alphanumeric dies to cut the letters from silver card, which I then attached to a piece of gold metallic kraft stash, inked with the same alcohol inks as before. I matted the lettering onto black kraft stash card and then placed two hex fasteners into the plaque. I attached the plaque with foam pads directly beneath the frame.
Finally, I added some Clippings Stickers, one to the body of the owl ~ a wonderful creature and a number directly onto the canvas.

As a finishing touch, I used Nailhead Findings down the side of my canvas.
...and that completes this project which I hope you love! It was so much fun piece to create and I really did enjoy this week's theme ~ I just wish you could see the dimension, shimmer and shine on this project, which was really hard to capture in a photograph but I promise, I did try my best!

Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx

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Just before I go, I wanted to let you all know that we're having a Design Team Call on our sister Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge . If you are interested in applying please CLICK HERE for more details.
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  1. What a stunning piece Emma dear! I too love Ancient Greek Mythology...and you perfectly translate it into this gorgeous work! Lots of hugs ❤

  2. Truly a piece of art! I can see all the detail, the contrast and dimension you put into this. You never cease to amaze me with your art.

  3. Oh WOW!! Emma!! this is absolutely stunning!! The owl is fabulous and I love the background an all of the details! GORGEOUS!!! :-)

    I love going to the British Museum too and visit on practically every visit to London, and I am a regular visitor as you know ;-) Love visiting the Ancient Greece section and seeing the Elgin marbles and other artefacts, always so much to see and discover :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. The panel is fabulous. I love the neutral background which really looks like a pumice stone. You have such a talent to make this kind of backgrounds! Love the scene and the mini logs. Hugs, Marzena

  5. Beautiful project Emma!
    I loved Greek mythology when I was at school so I find my self in the words you used!
    Athena was also one of my favorite Goddess! I love how you used this die, everything is perfect!
    x Zoey

  6. Gorgeous Emma, love your background and the drips and runs with the metallics. Love your own and layered foliage too. Lovely piece. Tracy x ❤️❤️

  7. Owl not own. My keypad has a life of its own 😂

  8. This is such a gorgeous piece! I love the composition you have created atop that wonderful background. The owl looks so amazing floating ablove the colored wood slices. I think my favorite aspect is your inspiration of Athena’s owl. 🖤

  9. Really quite spectacular. Thank you for all the detailed instruction and explanation. I don’t remember a great deal about mythology as it was just a very small portion of my senior English class. This prompted me to read up a little on Athena and Minerva as well and the owl. All of the intricate layering of textures and Inks and such are amazing and you have created quite a classic piece of art!

  10. Emma, this is a gorgeous canvas, wonderfully constructed and you really interpreted the theme so beautifully! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. You are a pure magician with backgrounds; it is so perfect and balances the foreground beautifully.

  12. Wow!! This is SO cool, Emma! The way you made the ornate owl really makes it look life-like!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. This is so gorgeous and I love your inspiration! I'm a total mythology nerd, so I loved seeing how elegantly you brought an epic piece of the story to life. Your background is amazing, too. I am always in awe of how many techniques you use and how original your projects are!

  14. I am always in awe of your talent to build layers and pull many elements together into a masterpiece, Emma! What a beautiful take on the story of Athena's owl. I love mythology too, and started with Greek and Roman, and went on to other cultures - there is so much for us to learn from these stories. Stunning piece!! xx Maura

  15. Emma, your owl project is completely divine. I adore the colours and textures. I loved reading about your process too.

  16. Wow Emma, this is so wonderful. I love your interpretation of the theme and the owl is fantastic. Gorgeous layers and texture details.

  17. Emma, this is tremendous. What a fantastic inspiration from the British Museum (one of my favorite places). This piece is really beautiful with so much added detail. Just stunning.

  18. This is such a beautiful creation, Emma. Love the fabulous texture on the background and the layered embellishments are awesome. Great inspiration! :)

  19. this is such an amazing take on Athena's Owl Emma, love the details and textures on this beautiful creation, hugs kath xxx

  20. What a fabulous project, Emma! love heaaring about this story, it's one i didn't know before. So much pretty elements! Hugs, Sandra

  21. Amazing piece Emma! Your use of this die is stunning! As always a feast for the eyes! You have a neverending talent my friend!!

  22. An amazing interpretation of the challenge theme, Emma. Love the dripped effect on your textured background - grungy lusciousness and Athena's owl looks so majestic omitting a glorious shimmer and shine .

    Big hugs x

  23. The detail you put into your pieces are amazing and each one has so many elements to it. The owl is very different and I like what you have added to the whole piece


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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