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Groovy Valentine's Day Owl

Posted on: January 31st, 2019

This irresistible owl is perfect for young painters and adult painters alike. A name or short phrase can be added to the heart for a more personal touch, making this treasure all the more valuable. 

This FREE design was inspired by the Junior Hoo Loves You? design below. 



Name of piece: Groovy Valentine's Day Owl

Approximate working time: 2 hours

Number of Social Artworking colors needed: 7

Number of Social Artworking brushes needed: 4


Social Artworking Colors Used:

Chrome Yellow

Cobalt Blue

Deep Red

Green Oxide 

Mars Black

Titanium White

Phthalo Red


Social Artworking Brushes Used:

¾” Flat

No. 2 Round

No. 8 Bright

No. 12 Bright


Other Social Artworking Supplies Needed:

16” x 20” Social Artworking canvas, water basin, palette, stylus or pen, grey transfer paper, and a marker. 




Use this supplemental design pattern below to add the owl and flowers where you would like them in the design. 


Use ¾” Flat Brush to mix (1) part Cobalt Blue, (1) part Green Oxide, and (4) parts Titanium White. Use mix to paint background. (Use No. 2 Round Brush for smaller areas if needed.) Rinse Brush.

Add Titanium White to previous mix and paint halo around owl. Let dry briefly. Save some of this mixture.


Use No. 12 Bright Brush and (1) part Chrome Yellow and (2) parts Titanium White to blend out, adding more Titanium White as you blend out. You can use saved mixture from STEP ONE to blend back in. 


Use No. 8 Bright Brush to mix (1) part Phthalo Green and (3) parts Cobalt Blue to paint branches and swirls. 


Use No. 8 Bright Brush and Deep Red to paint heart and beak. Let dry briefly, then add second coat to left side of heart and beak to shade. 

Paint 3rd layer (bottom petals) of all flowers.

Paint soft outline on the owl. Rinse Brush.


Use No. 8 Bright Brush to mix (1) part Phthalo Red, (1) part Titanium White, and (1) part Chrome Yellow and paint the 2nd layer (middle petals) of flowers and highlights on owl, blending into the red areas. 

Use No. 8 Bright Brush and Phthalo Red to paint the 1st layer (top petals) of flowers and highlights on owl and heart. 


Use No. 8 Bright Brush and mix (1) part Green Oxide and (1) part Chrome Yellow. Use mix to paint leaves, outer ring of eyes, and feet. 

Add (1) part Titanium White and (1) part Chrome Yellow to this mixture and add highlights to the leaves, feet, 2nd ring around the eyes, and center of the flowers.


Use a black marker to trace outline and fill in pupils.

Use a No. 8 Bright Brush to add the "eye sparkle." 

Mix (1) part Phthalo Red and (2) parts Titanium White to paint the outline and highlight on the heart.


Let us know what you think of this design in the comments below! 

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