Steampunk Owl featuring Butterbee Scraps

Steampunk Inspired Owl

Hello Creatives!

Today I am so excited to be sharing a new steampunk project that was recently featured on the Butterbee Scraps.

Steampunk Owl for Butterbee Scraps by Keri Sallee

Steampunk Owl for Butterbee Scraps

I have always LOVED the look of Steampunk but have never really seen it as my “style”, but after I was asked to join Butterbee’s Design Team I knew I had to give it a try with all of her amazing metals! (You can shop her amazing collection of embellishment here: Butterbee Scraps Artistic Treasures.

I started with this blank owl wooden plaque from Darice I found at Walmart for about $2.

Wooden Plaque by Darice

Blank Owl Plaque from Walmart by Darice

I used Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in:

Peacock Pearl

Festive Green

Crystal Green

Rich Expresso (Not pictured)

Steampunk Inspired Owl by Keri Sallee for Butterbee Scraps

Dazzling Metallics by Deco Art

I used the Peacock Pearl as my base coat and then dry-brushed the Festive Green over top:

Steampunk Inspired Owl by Keri Sallee for Butterbee Scraps

Dazzling Metallics by Deco Art

Once those dried, I dry-brushed the Crystal Green on and dried it completely. Then I added a light coat of Rich Expresso over the whole thing and when it was mostly dry, I used a baby wipe to wipe some of it away.

Steampunk Inspired Owl featuring DecoArt

Dazzling Metallics by DecoArt

Next came the fun part!! Playing with all those yummy metals! I did a dry run before deciding which should go where.

I don’t have a picture of it, but once I got his middle part done, I realized the rest of him needed some more texture, so I added  some natural mesh to the face and the feet before adding the facial features and the side feathers.

Once I had them glued down (I just used a hot glue gun), it was time to start the painting! To get the colorful patina, I layered each of my Dazzling Metallics over the whole piece by using dabbing motion. Using a normal “painting” motion leaves too many lines. Dabbing adds more texture.

Allow the colors to stay wet while you are layering so that the colors blend better.

I kept adding layers until I was happy and once it was dry, I added 8mm beads to centers of my small flowers and clocks for the center of my eyes.

Here are some closeups of the finished product:

Featuring Dazzling Metallics by DecoArt

Steampunk Inspired Owl by Keri Sallee for Butterbee Scraps

Steampunk Inspired Owl

Dazzling Metallics by DecorArt


Steampunk Inspired Owl featuring Butterbee Scraps and Dazzling Metallics by DecoArt

You can see in the closeups, I went back in with a watered down black acrylic paint around the edges to give my piece more shadows and add POP.

For a complete list of the Butterbee Scraps metals I used, check out the full blog post here: Butterbee Scraps Steampunk Inspired Owl.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! I had so much fun making it.




  1. Joi@RR says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh – sooooooo INCREDIBLY LOVELY… Wow. The colors are gorgeous Keri and the placement of all the beautiful metals is just PERFECTION. I even imagine that right in the middle there is a tiny baby owl… kept safe….I see two eyes and the little body!! So that makes it even more special!! FABULOUS creation! j.

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