I was so excited to see when Tim Holtz announced his Tattered Floral Challenge. I got the Die off my Sister for Christmas last year.
I had so many ideas go through my mind, another one of my pretty hair accessories, a bouquet, something to wear, the possibilities were only limited by imagination and resources.
As the entries started to pour in. I wanted something truly unique, something no one else would do.
A 4″ tall tattered floral Bear!
Sooo the idea for a new flower bear was born. This one has the fabric hand coloured with Colour Washes (one stream mixed with mowed lawn distress re inker to make it a bit more green and stem/leaf like). The challenge was that I still can not find my mini bear joints and eyes no matter how much I search and search for them. So this bear is string jointed and the eyes are pearls covered in Stream Alcohol ink.
What I love about these bears is the fact that their bodies are like the stem of the flower with their little faces blossoming in the center of the flower.
To get the flower I stamped Tim’s Flutter ATC stamp over the fabric with Archivals Jet black. Then used some colour washes (stream, butterscotch, purple twilight and cranberry they sort of all melded together in the fabric I had) and added some fabric stiffner to the flower. I used one of the other flowers to create the leaves by misting with the leftover mix of stream colour wash and mowed lawn re-inker,
I also misted white pearl cotton with butterscotch to create the bears nose and mouth. The head is also misted in butterscotch.
I used Tim’s paper twine split in two to wrap around the bears legs to give a sort of viney roots look.
here are some more pics of The Tattered Floral Bear.
I love how quirky and funny this is. It was how I left the bear to dry overnight so the bottom leaves would stick and not fall off
and a couple in a wee flowerpot I have with a colour wash next to her to show you just how teeny she really is: