Whoo Hoo! Can owls be made from paper collage? Of course they can.

There’s something utterly addictive and attractive about owls.  You don’t mess with owls – they possess wisdom, camouflage, cleverness and those huge eyes are totally adorable. And baby owls are just charming bundles of fluffy feathers.

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So, what could be nicer than making an artwork of an owl made from paper?  When I was invited by the Stroud Green WI to run a collage workshops I wondered what would be the best thing to do. There wasn’t enough time during the Women’s Institute evening to make a Papershade, but everyone wanted to try their hand at snipping or tearing paper to create something.

I looked around the walls of my studio and noticed an owl I’d made a few years ago staring back at me. It almost looked smug with that ‘how long did it take you to think of me’ sort of expression.  How could I resist; so owls it would be.

The first stage in this process was having a joyful excuse to go to the wonderful paper shop, Shepherds in Pimlico, to find some excellent paper.  I bore home my loot and in my studio I created piles of paper including, tissue paper, wrapping paper, brown paper, thick hand-made paper and wallpaper.

I took everything down to Stroud Green where the wonderful ladies of the WI have their meetings.  After a bit of chat, a view of some examples and exploration of some ideas everyone got straight down to it.  The sound of silent concentration was deafening! I was dazzled and delighted by the variety of owls produced.  Yes, I prepared a template and the paper but the rest was up to the individual ….and individual is the word!

What a fun evening spent with some lovely and creative ladies.  Anyone can make a collage owl – oh yes!

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