steampunk owl mixed media project

Steampunk Owl Mixed Media Project by Keri Sallee

Good morning, everyone!  I have a fantastic project created by design team member Keri Sallee to share with you today 🙂  I have to say…I am totally and completely head over heels in LOVE with this perfectly steampunky owl 🙂  …I will try to get through this blog post without drooling too much on my keyboard!

steampunk owl mixed media project

Keri started with a cute wooden owl silhouette as the base for this project (she picked it up from Walmart).  She covered the base with some natural mesh and started layering a variety of metal filigrees to give this little guy a great personality!!!  A complete list of the filigrees that Keri used will be listed below; however, I’d like to point out a few so that it doesn’t turn into a “where’s Waldo” search on you 😉

In the picture above, you can see that Keri used the Bronze Corner Metal Filigree Embellishments (#807-B) on the tips of the ears and to create the beak.  Keri then placed a single Copper Square Metal Filigree Embellishment (#068-C) on his forehead.  For those big ol’ eyes, Keri layered the Large Glass Clock Cabochons w/ Bronze Settings onto Silver Flower Metal Filigree Embellishments (#168-P).

Here’s a close up of the little gaffer’s chest:

steampunk owl mixed media project

Keri started her layers of feathers with some Bronze Corner Metal Filigree Embellishments (#808-B)…you can see the corner of one poking down between the owl’s feet, and two others framing the owl’s face.  She then added some more of the Copper Square Metal Filigree Embellishments (#068-C) (after cutting them apart), and some of the new Bronze Metal Filigree Embellishments (#592-B) to create his chest feathers.

For the wings, Keri broke out the Bronze Teardrop Metal Filigree Embellishments (#081-B).  These create the perfect contrast, don’t ya think?  She also used some Copper Metal Filigree Embellishments (#553-C) that she cut in half to add a fringe on the edge of his wings.  To finish everything off, Keri strategically scattered some small Silver Flower Metal Filigree Embellishments (#161-P) and the new miniature Bronze Flower Metal Filigree Embellishments (#052-B) on the owl.  She then used 6x8mm Black Electroplated Faceted Glass Abacus Beads in the center of the tiny flowers.

steampunk owl mixed media project

I’m pretty sure I know what you are thinking right about now…”How the heck did she create that beautiful patina look?”  …am I right?  Well, you may have to pop on over to Keri’s blog and have a read of her post to find out, but the short answer is…layers of paint.  Wait…wasn’t I just rambling on about layers last week?  (If you missed the post, you can find it HERE 🙂 )  I have included a list of all the paints that Keri used for your reference below.

Thanks a million for stopping by today!  I hope you love this project as much as I do.  Cheers and have a great Sunday!

ButterBeeScraps supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • AdTech Hot Glue Gun
  • Wooden Owl-Darice (from Walmart)
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paints:
    • Peacock Pearl
    • Rich Expresso
    • Crystal Green
    • Festive Green
  • DecorArt Media Fluid Acrylic
    • Carbon Black
  • Natural Mesh


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