Where did the idea for Ava come from? I once lived in Sussex and one of the most beautiful sights I recall from an evening walk was a barn owl sweeping overhead, his wings illuminated in the moonlight. Since then I've been fascinated by owls and the many species still extant. I returned from a walk the other day and sketched Ava on a page from a vintage natural history book, using water-colour pencils and fine line pens.
After scanning her into my computer, I played around with re-sizing her and experimenting with adding her head to different bodies. It seemed to me there was something romantically Renaissance about Ava, the Owl, so I combined her body with a Renaissance lady. For background, I used a master-board that I had brayered, stamped and stencilled onto.
The small Book Box Kit was the perfect size for ATCs. After positioning Ava's head, I wondered if maybe she is adjusting her feathers so that she will look particularly attractive for her beau!
These box kits are easy to assemble. They are designed with a tab, which fits through the little hole seen here on the left. As I wanted to use one of the decorative key-holes and copper wire to secure my lid, I cut off the tab and sanded down the edge, drilling a little hole in one of the side panels with my Dremel.
Tiny hinges and a word band given a touch of a copper toned gilding paste and darkened with a little archival ink, help to give Ava's romantic box an aged look.
Attaching the master-board to a plain wood ATC gives dimension to the book cover.
Painting with a brick red Acrylic, a layer of a Crackle Glaze and a neutral top coat, finished off with a touch of archival ink and some gilding paste add to the antique look.
In the next 2 weeks I plan to create some more owl themed ATCs to fit into the box.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. When we next meet I hope to open Ava's tiny casket and share a couple of her ATCs with you.
Calico Craft Parts used in this Project