I began by altering the large chipboard owl.
I took off his wings and cut out his pupils. Then using texture past through the gears stencil from Imagine If I covered the entire thing to add depth and texture. I then painted the whole thing with black gesso.
I took a pair of wings out of the Angel Wings pack and a couple of cogs from the Large Cogs Set and painted them with black paint.
Once the black paint had dried I drybrushed everything using brown and gold acryclic paint.
For the eyes I painted circles gold and glued gear diecuts on the top of the painted circle. I glued the cogs over the top of the circles and then glued these behind the eye holes. I painted the pupils black and glued them on to the center of the cogs. I painted the eyebrow pieces brown and glued them back on around the eyes. I then filled the eyes with glossy accents to give them some shine. I took the beak piece and glued small cardboard circles around the edge of the beak,painted it yellow and glued it on to the face.
I took some chipboard letters to spell the word "Art" and glued them to the front of the owl.
I used more diecuts to make the feathers on the chest and glued the new wings on to the body.
Once the owl was finished I found an old book and took the insides out. I then covered the book with tissue paper and various diecuts which I then painted black. Once dry I drybrushed the whole thing with Lumiere Pewter paint. I glued the owl to the front of the cover and then I bound watercolour paper signatures into the cover to complete the journal.
I now have an awesome good sized art journal with 50 pages in it, just waiting to be filled with artistic goodness. Hope this project helps you to look at things a little differently and to think about changing things up a bit.