I love going to antique stores and thrift stores looking for inspiration and objects that can be made into art. Vintage items have aesthetics that lend themselves perfectly to telling stories through creative repurposing. Lately I have been buying up a bunch of vintage wall hangings. I finally decided the white retro sconce needed to become a bird cage.
I started sketching my idea by tracing the back of the sconce onto paper so I could get the dimensions and proportions right. I knew I wanted to make an owl out of paper to give the artwork a 3D pop because the wall hanging had a few inches of depth that could be filled.
I started making the bird out of scrapbook paper. I decided to use shimmery scrapbook paper on this instead of my usual upcycled paper because I wanted it to feel really playful and vibrant.
Even though there was a bit of rearranging needed the final piece turned out perfect! I just love Romeo the little owl! I don't think Romeo will live with me. I think he needs to find a new home to fly away to but I don't really have the heart to part with him just yet. I would love to see him land in a child's room.