girl with owl – mini class

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welcome to the “girl with owl” mini class 🙂

This is a single one off lesson where you join me at my easel or art table to create magic 🙂

In this lesson you will be guided through the creation of this girl with her spirit animal the owl. I use my left non-dominant hand in the initial sketch phase, but don’t let that frighten you, you can use any hand you like ?   This piece is a simple mixture of various media, collage, watercolour, graphite and some texture paste.  I also use a little Lyra watersoluble crayon.

This lesson is based on a smaller sketch I did in my A5 art journal one night while sitting on the sofa.  I decided to create a larger version of this lovely girl and her spirit bird the owl.  I have a spirit owl sitting on my left shoulder so I have a special connection and love for these beautiful creatures.

As always I like to keep my art simple and free flowing as much as possible!  This piece starts with me using my left non-dominant hand, you can choose to try this too or stick with your usual process.  I do however encourage you to try – probably on a separate sheet of paper to use your non-dominant hand, it is so freeing and liberating, however it does take a little getting used to!   So practice first.

We really do “see” things differently with our “other hand” as it sees with the other side of our brain.  I have written a blog post on this subject which you can read here if you wish.

The materials we will use are below in the supply list, and also a link to the NYPL which has great resources in vintage letters.  You could also use some old sheet music for your collage.

I do hope you enjoy this mini-lesson, the first of many more to come.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the supply list.


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Please use what you already have in your collection.   The items below are what I have used in this lesson.

  • Matte gel medium
  • Watercolour paints
  • Large round watercolour quill brush or similar
  • Vintage papers or scrapbook papers – eg. old letter or sheet music – something neutral
  • Paint brush for collaging
  • Graphite pencils – I am using Lyra watersoluble graphite crayons (you could also use Derwent or Faber Castel watersoluble grahite pencils)
  • Eraser
  • Texture or modelling paste
  • Palette knife or piece or cardboard/credit card
  • Lyra aquacolor crayons (same or similar to Neocolor)  (You could also use tombow markers or watercolour pencils)
  • White soft pastel (or crayon)
  • Watercolour paper 300gsm – A3 size – (12 x 16″)


NYPL (New York Public Library database)

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