Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Owls

Greetings!  When I saw this week's owl theme, I thought of how popular they were in the arts and crafts world during the 70's, and how the trend is back.  I remember seeing them in greeting cards, embroidery, macrame, ceramics, rock painting, and even in lead crystal form as the ones in my photograph.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
For my tag, I challenged myself to use primarily punches to model my owl.  I started by cutting out an oval for its base.  Then, I proceeded to punch flower petals, hearts, ovals, branches, circles and medallions.  I used the hearts for the feather cluster bases, as well as a small one for the beak.  The branches were used for the claws, and believe the other punch uses are easily recognisable.  For the tag's background, I cropped a portion of a page with a night cityscape print.  I cut the moon shape with a circle punch out of handmade paper for texture.  As a finishing touch, I knotted a couple of strips of jute twine in coordinating colours.

I had a blast finding unusual ways to use my punches, as well as reminiscing about my youth.  Blessings!

18 comments:

  1. This was certainly a challenge and one you have done very well, great use of your punches, your owl is great! x

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  2. Lovely tag, glad you had a blast! I have the twin of your owl in my glass cupboard!Bet that owl has a LOT of twins! Valerie

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  3. Fabulous use of punches...a really cool owl!

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  4. Fabulous! You and I were on the same page about owls in the 70s! Once again, I love your photo set up too! Bravo!

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  5. Very clever use of your punches Arnoldo, I think it is beautiful. Love the nightscape background and moon too :0)

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  6. Fabulous owl and how clever to do all that with punches - I may have to dig out some of mine! :)

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  7. What a wonderful owl! Your creativity has inspired me to dig out my punches and see what I have been missing! What a great tag!

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  8. Great idea - punches ideal for feathers and eyes. Love the moon and background, Jane xx

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  9. What a funky owl, and what a very clever idea using your punches like that. I think he's great and I love the colours you've used. Fab work!

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  10. Fantastic and very beautifully made tag,inspirerende brug af punch.
    Anni

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  11. Such a cool idea to use the punches to create your wonderful, funky owl...fabby background too! :)

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  12. Brilliant little tag love the texture all those little pieces have created ;)

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  13. Great repurposing of your punches Arnold. Your groovy owl definitely bought back memories of the fashions of the decade - Whhoooo would wear that.... Whoooo would admit to it anyway!! Love it.

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  14. Beautiful owl, Arnoldo!I like the retro feel, and you are right, owls were really trendy in the 70s. What goes around, comes around!
    Jane x

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  15. Very clever use of the punched shapes - it must have been a challenge, but the result was really worth it. You must be very happy to have made such good use of the punches.

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  16. Definitely got that 70's vibe! He's a real cutie.

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  17. ANother great tag, Arnoldo! CArolyn x

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  18. Brilliant tag... love how you used the punches to create the owl.. love it!! May x

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