Sunday, 7 August 2016

' The Wise Old Owl' For AJJ Nature's Wonders

Today I have a hybrid piece for the 'Nature's Wonders' theme at AJJ 

You may have gathered from various projects that I have a big soft spot for birds. I haven't seen any owls here where I live but thought I might have heard one a couple of times, so maybe one day or perhaps that should be one night, I'll get lucky.
I think owls are such majestic birds. They have wonderful night vision and are able to rotate their heads well. Not all owls hoot - the Tawny owl does but the Barn owl screeches.. But why are they called 'wise'? - I don't know. I tried searching and there seems to be all sorts of theories on this from ancient mythology and folklore. 

My background was created using Aquamarker pens in my journal (that cellophane method again) which I then photographed and added digital elements too plus one of my poems that I wrote a few years back. ( I used a part of it on yesterdays 2nd piece)
The digital elements came from a kit called 'Owl Forest' by Daisytrail and a photo ( a Long Eared Owl?) that a friend took for me at a bird sanctuary.

This was the original journal pages backgrounds.
Photo was taken in 2 halves and pages reversed for this.
I love making backgrounds with Aquamarker pens where you scribble/doodle the markers on a piece of cellophane, then either spritz or breath on it and press that down onto the paper to transfer the ink.

This is a clearer version of the poem...

The Wise Old Owl 
The wise old owl looked down from his tree,
Looked down and frowned on sad little me.
He twit and he twooed and shook his head,
Then he scratched his brow and loudly said, 
"I'm a wise old owl so listen child,
Be kind to nature and all that's wild.
Respect all life and the earth you're on,
No going back, when it's gone - it's gone!" 

The wise old owl looked down from his tree,
Tears filled his eyes so he couldn't see.
He twit and he twooed and just said "Think!
Remember this before all is extinct". 

Then the wise old owl just flew away,
To twit and to twooe another day,
And as he went silence filled the trees,
Till his warning echoed upon the breeze. 

"Remember this, remember it well,
For only deeds and time will tell,
Respect all life and the earth you're on,
No going back, when it's gone - it's gone!"

 My first week at AJJ seems to have flown by and
I'm loving seeing all the beautiful work you are creating.
Hope to see you again next week.

Thank you for stopping by
Have a great day
Gill x


  1. Your owl is lovely, and they are really wonderful birds. I hear one hooting every evening but haven't seen him yet - I'm hopeful, though! Thanks for another great page for AJJ, your challenge is great and we are all enjoying it! Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Wonderful pages Gill! A super poem! I love owls as well - I haven't seen them here - but I think that's because I am not in the woods during the nights... I am sure we have a lot of them here !
    A wonderful page and yes - time flies - for me the past 7 months have really flown by, ... I think I get old .... hopefully wise as well ---lol.
    A good start for tomorrow !
    oxo Susi
    Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for the challenge!

  3. I love owls Gill. This spread is right up my alley. I love the poem too. You are very good at it. We have a pair of Barred Owls living near me and everyone once and awhile I get to see one or both of them. I seem to have the best luck in winter or spring mating season. I hope you get to see one one day as owls are really amazing. Hope its also been a good weekend. Hugs-Erika

  4. Fantastic spread with the wonderful owl and terrific to read the wonderful poem

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Love your page and I LOVE your poem :) So true.

  6. Awesome pages Gill , I also love owls, I think there are some in the local wood, but noy heard them here. Your poem is fantastic as well. Is writing another pastime for you?
    Yvonne xx

    1. ha ha don't laugh Yvonne but I dabbled in song writing for about 8 or so years but now its mainly occasional poems for pleasure :) xx

  7. This is the first time I have been to your blog. I would have been here sooner, but I took a semi-forced blog break, and have been offline for nearly a week. Your art is lovely, and the owl holds a special place in my heart. I was truly impressed by your poem as much as the visual art you created.

    I tried the same background technique using an acrylic block, but had no luck. I may try packing tape next time. Thanks for explaining how you made it.

    1. aww thank you so much.
      Re the background, I think it may be a case of trial and error as I mislaid my usual piece of cellophane and a similar looking piece just wouldn't transfer the ink.

  8. Oh Gill, I love your owl pages and the beautiful poem, it spoke to my heart! Respecting all life and the earth we live on is so important, thank you for sharing this :-). I'm glad you stopped by my blog too, it is funny we both created owl pages for AJJ - happy serendipity! Hope you had a good weekend and wishing you a happy week ahead! J :-)

  9. I love owls too! We heard Tawny owls several years running at the caravan then no more! I did get a fright from a Barn owl the other week too while out on the decking at midnight - flew right past me!We hope to visit Muncaster Castle with our Grandchildren soon - they have an owl sanctuary there. I love your owl in his fabulous setting alongside the brilliant poem! Hugs, Chrisx

  10. Oh your owl pages are wonderful Gill.
    They truly are magical and mystical creatures.
    I have always hoped to spot one in the wild.
    Love the blue nails/claws on yours.

  11. ooh gill,your pages are amazing,i love owl too,she is so beautiful,wise and mysery,we have mayny owls ih the wood,but i dondt see her,she come at night and then i sleep*LOL*
    your poem its wonderful.

    have a great weekend.

    hugs jenny


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