Friday, 30 January 2009

Something To Crow About

Many of us like to use bird images in our artwork ..... especially black birds. I've been doing some research this week because I was a bit confused by all the different kinds. I've discovered that blackbirds belong to the thrush family, whereas crows, ravens, rooks and jackdaws all belong to the corvus group.

I chose to work with crows this week. They entertain me by jumping around on the roof of the house opposite ...I can often see them when I look out of my craft room window.
This is Crazy Crow! I found the instructions and inspiration in an old copy of 'Cloth, Paper, Scissors'. (The artist was Kelli Perkins.) Its made of black felt and fabric scraps.
This is a journal page I created after discovering the phrase A murder of crows. They can look rather sinister at times! (BTW a group of ravens is called an unkindness.)
I was inspired by the amazing work of Michelle Ward and her Street Team challenges where she gives loads of brilliant ideas and techniques. I recommend you take a look!
Finally - an ATC from me...and a glam pink one from Rosie!
So, we challenge you all this week to make art with crows! Or ravens....or rooks.....or blackbirds...........
Most of all.......have fun!

31 comments:

Jaqi said...

OOOH .....cant wait to see what everyone comes up with, what a great challenge, Thank you Jaqi

Karen said...

Wow this is so different!!! I love all black birds....they always seem to have an alterior motive don't they?

I love what you have done, esp the fabric crow! X

Virginia said...

Wonderful them.I love what you have done..Gorgeous work!!!
Mine is here
Thanks for looking.

nordseetine said...

Hello Ladys ,
what a great theme!
Here is my crow:
http://nordseetine.blogspot.com/2009/01/awfully-big-art-adventure-krahen.html#links
Thanks for looking!
Have a nice start in the weekend!
Tine

My Journey to Hope said...

I love the birds, especially the black felt crow!

-Michelle

crafty creations said...

Stunning work ladies

Mine is here

Thanks for looking

Kimmie said...

I hate crows, but enjoyed the challenge. They do have a redeeming quality .... trash collection. So I used "trash" to make mine :)

Mine Is Here

Rosie said...

I love your Crazy Crow!! Glad you had fun checking out GPP Street Teamers - it's a fab place to hang out! I adore crows and ravens, but I never knew the collective term for ravens - how interesting.
Have made an ATC, but now I've found my crow stamps...well, who knows what'll happen!

http://alteredartandstuff.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/purples-and-greens/

nikki said...

i love these pieces!!! they are so unique and i just can take my eyes away..ive never been that into birds until i started playing around with collages / mixed media art..then i found some pictures..that led into some research and now im completely intrigued by them...i didnt know that about crows though..but ya learn something new everything...love the atcs also...amazing work!!

Ellen said...

beautiful beasts you have created , I'd almost start to like them seeing that.

mine is here

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

These are all wonderful! I love crows and all of your pieces are fabulous!!
chris p

VeeBee said...

I thought I would have a go, so here is mine:

http://veebscraft.blogspot.com/2009/01/stone-crows.html

Thanks for looking

Jaqi said...

I was sure i had left this message already but it hasnt appeared , so apologies if 2 jump up at the same time.........


You can find my Crow entry here
Thank you Jaqi

Lynn said...

I've been sitting on those crow patterns from CSP and just have to say yours turned out wonderfully well. Like the words in the tail you added. Nice pages too...and ATCS...Fun.

magpie said...

Love the crows on show........ Gosh this one will be a challenge...
will have to get my mojo working although I do have an idea....

Sharon xx

Sassa said...

Here´s my entry, I´m a first-timer here:
Click

I hope it qualifies...

vickysplace1 said...

Primitive art is one of my favorites to see. I have not tried to do my own as yet. You make it look so simple.

Sue said...

Evening everyone - no crows but did have blackbirds ....
Here They Are

Jan said...

My entry is on my blog - thank you for looking

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh such lovely samples to inspire again this week! A wonderful challenge, here is my crow:

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/a-crow-perched-on-a-withered-tree/

Ezzie said...

First time for me to join your challenge: here is my entry!

http://ezziesart.blogspot.com/2009/02/big-art-adventure-crows.html

greetings, Ezzie

Jendy said...

I found this challenge difficult. I like crows... just wasn't inspired this week. But you can find my little creation on my blog. Thanks!

Rachete said...

I love the pink and black crowe.

http://racheteapaintersdiary.blogspot.com/

tam said...

Oh how fun to see how different everyones artwork is! ~Tam:D

magpie said...

Cant wait to see the gallery with them all together.....
glad I did a crow and not a magpie one colour was a challenge, still it was enjoyable
Thanks for the challenge
Mine is here

http://magpiesarttreasurechest.blogspot.com/

Sharon xx

Hazel said...

This is my first time of contributing to your blog challenge. My card is here

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Gayle's Art

AliMayes said...

Love the crows!
Mine may look like an owl but there is a crow in the corner!!
Ali xx

J and Z said...

here is my hooded crow...thanks for the great challenge, ladies!!

http://bluebirdslivinginthemeadow.blogspot.com/2009/02/little-canvas-full-of-crow.html

The Joy of Nesting said...

Gads,

Nothing like having my project done since Tuesday and finally getting off my ...tonight :) You can find my Blackbird on steroids here:
http://thejoyofnesting.blogspot.com/2009/02/black-bird-on-steroids-awfully-big-art.html

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mexico

Mieke said...

Wow, your crows are awesome...Love the felt ones so much!!!!