When I was younger, I recall several moms in my circle of friends who loved owls, of all shapes, sizes and colors. Macrame was also big back then, as was Harvest Gold and Avacado. That’s right, I was a child in the 60s and 70s. Ok, I’m still a bit of a child…but I digress. I don’t remember which mom had the macrame owl, but I know someone did. My mom, not big into owls. In fact, every time we saw one, she’d say, “you know, owls mean death to our people.”
I was introduced to Mori Girls last year, when I joined a Sewing Project group on Den of Angels and the outfit theme of the month. A quick internet search and I found an adorable look that has recently translated into whimsically drawn Mori Girls. For Week 4 of World of Whimsy, I decided to give my Mori Girl a go.
I started with my Mori Girl, who went through several dress changes and I ended up with this gal. I like the way she turned out and I decided to try a darker, more night theme for my picture.
While I did take many photos along the way, I am going to skip to the end. Which is where the owls come in. I will admit there were a couple of times that I wondered just what I was doing and would it turn out? My Mori Girl is cute enough, but I wanted a bit more Dark Whimsy. Then it hit me: owls. People think they’re adorable, but all I think, thanks mom, is: owls are the harbingers of death.
I had a lot of fun with this page. I used Neocolors 2, wet, origami paper for her skirt, lace for the dress, a cute star button sewn on, stamps, Andirondak pigment ink, tissue paper, and my own hand-carved stamp around the edges, Prisma pencils and Sakura Micron pens. The paper was ungesso’d Canson Watercolor paper 9×12.
As you can see, I’m having some trouble with my paper buckling, so I will try out different paper when I run out of the Canson. I will try gessoing the Canson to see if that stiffens it up.
This is the most mixed media piece I’ve created to date and I really love her. I think my Mori Girl is cute and it’s got a touch of Dark Whimsy without beating you over the head with the gloom.
I have to say that I have not much missed all my fiber crafting. I am making these works of art for my own enjoyment,enjoying the mixed media techniques I’ve learned, and am even more enticed by the Life Book 2014 class.