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Barn Owl Plush Tutorial Part 3

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The third and final part of the tutorial for making a semi-realistic barn owl plush. As I did not make a pattern for the first one, this is based on the second one. There are in fact a few major differences (especially how the wings were done), so if you would like to know how something was done differently the first time around, please feel free to contact me.

A NOTE: All owls are individuals! Look up some pictures of barn owls- you'd be amazed at the variations in color and patterning. This is just how I chose to paint mine, but I encourage you to have a little fun with your owl's colors.

This tutorial is free to use, provided you follow my rule: please credit me for this, even if you modify it. Other than that, please enjoy!

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If someone will teach me how to do it, I will also gladly include the pattern for this in a zip file- otherwise, as soon as I get it all finalized and scanned I will upload it as an image in my gallery so that you can download it. I will make a few more minor changes to the pattern to improve a few things that still bother me, so if yours doesn't turn out exactly like this- that's why! Hopefully it will be even better. ^_^

If I left anything out, something is unclear, if you have any questions, etc., please feel free to comment! I appreciate your feedback.

The rest-
Part 1- animus-panthera.deviantart.com…
Part 2- animus-panthera.deviantart.com…
Pattern- animus-panthera.deviantart.com…

If you want to make a SNOWY OWL instead of a BARN OWL, here are some tips!

Members of the family Tytonidae (i.e. the barn owls) have those lovely heart shaped faces, since they have two separate facial disks. Members of the family Strigidae, like snowies, don't! So you'll have to modify the face a bit. I suggest making the head a bit shorter and rounder, then cutting two circles (instead of two half-hearts). They'll just go around the eyes, with the beak sticking out from the bottom, rather than the beak being in the middle like on a barn owl. I hope that makes sense! A few other little differences, too- snowy owl tails are rounded, instead of the inverted V shape of the barn owl, and their wings are a bit shorter and more rounded, not quite so pointed. Those things will make it look less like a barn owl and more like a snowy. ^_^

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shikustar123's avatar
im going to try to use this pattern on the owl from the last airbender. the one who guards the library. thanks!
Animus-Panthera's avatar
Ooh, that'll be cool! Do you think you could send me some pics when you're done? I'd love to see!
shikustar123's avatar
sure no problem! im working on it today :D. this pattern looks perfect for him
Animus-Panthera's avatar
Aaah, I can't wait! I love Avatar: TLA so I'm really excited~
shikustar123's avatar
yea me too! i wasn't a fan of korra though. korra's cast is so weak. anyway its done :D
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Animus-Panthera's avatar
Aah, it turned out so cool! :dance:

(I've never watched any of Korra, so I'll take your word for it!)
shikustar123's avatar
thanks! awesome pattern btw
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I'm glad you liked it!
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haileybleu's avatar
Dawww! It's so cute!
Shijou4U's avatar
Aww, he's so cute!! :iconmonkeyloveplz:
Animus-Panthera's avatar
I'm glad you think so!
Shijou4U's avatar
You're welcome. :D
namae-no-nai-uta's avatar
Hmm... this is a gorgeous tutorial... I might attempt to modify it, though. The legs as they are now bother me a bit. It might be better if the leg tops at actually part of the body, rather than sewn onto the body.

Also, as a tip, the next time you make one of these little guys, you might want to look for fabric paint instead. It'll go on a lot cleaner. Acrylics aren't really meant for fabrics, after all.
Animus-Panthera's avatar
Wow, thank you! I am more than totally a-okay with modification- I think it's better that way, so please, be my guest.

I mostly used acrylic because I was on a time/money crunch and already had it (and it's been my experience that with felt it doesn't matter much either way anyways- the problem with felt is that it's non-woven, and as a result there's a layer of fuzz to deal with that gets in the way of smooth painting with any medium). I will definitely keep that in mind next time, though, since I'm thinking of giving Minky a try. I might give my airbrush a spin too if I use Minky.
pichagirl's avatar
i really love that tut!
thanks alot
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Syca's avatar
Been looking FOREVER for a good owl tutorial for my brother's birthday (yes corny he's making it Harry Potter based)
Nicely done :)
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Oh! Oh! I should probably tell you this if you're making a snowy owl for your brother- members of the family tytonidae (i.e. the barn owls) have those lovely heart shaped faces, since they have two separate facial disks. Members of the family strigidae, like snowies, don't! So you'll have to modify the face a bit... I suggest making the head a bit shorter and rounder, then cutting two circles (instead of two half-hearts). They'll just go around the eyes, with the beak sticking out from the bottom, rather than the beak being in the middle like on a barn owl. I hope that makes sense! A few other little differences, too- snowy owl tails are rounded, instead of the inverted V shape of the barn owl, and their wings are a bit shorter and more rounded, not quite so pointed. Those things will make it look less like a barn owl and more like a snowy. ^_^
Syca's avatar
Well thanks for the advice you saved me having to look at the difference XD
Was much fun modifying it all XP
Animus-Panthera's avatar
You're welcome! Did you finish it? I want to see!
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