Tag Archive | Artist Bear

First Bear of 2013

Last year I had a mishap, my bear pattern pieces went everywhere and I have not in all honesty found everything so have not been focused on bears for a while.

However I got a commission and lucky for me have a few cut out and stashed around the place.

This 8″ Shulte Mohair Bear is a Baby Shower Gift and I am sure will be well loved.

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Tattered Florals Challenge

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!

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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

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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:

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A very Special Bear

I finished this wee 3″ bear last week but had to wait for her to arrive to her new owner before I could share her.

This wee Angel was made for a very special Lady, as a gift. After all we all need an angel at times to watch over us. As yet the bear is Un named and I do feel that the Lady in question should name her, though I rather thought ‘Jelly Bean’ or ‘Hope’ might be good names for her.

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Suitcases, Clowns, Mario and Tim

It has been an Amazing week (or so). With lots of creativity and things I just could not share until they had been given to who they were intended for.

So I have been trying to work out how to do these blogs.

Lets start at the Gifts and work our way through the Packaging then to the recipients. I think in order is probably less confusing for everyone including Me.

It started with the Distress Clowns. I was very lucky to get to go to the T!m Holtz Artful flight workshop in Sydney. Now if you look back to my last 12 Tag’s of Christmas Post you will see a wee bear on my Tag who is Named Tim. I did consider giving him to Tim however I just could not bear to part with him. The Pattern he is made from is now called ‘Tim’ as I always name my patterns after the first bear made from them.

So I decided to Make a wee (they are 3” tall) bear for both Tim and Mario (after all Mario brings us so much sunshine with behind the scenes and brings us all into Tim’s world I thought a small token of thanks was in order). These little bears Insisted they wanted to be Clowns, I was set to just give them a Mini Bear and leave it at that. In distress colours of course (wonder when we will get Colour Washes and Paint Dabbers in the Distress colour palette). However as my bears sometimes do they told me they wanted to be clowns.

So a grungeboard circle for a hat (painted in snow cap, with Baby Blue stickles and inked in squeezed lemonade), hand Misted Fabric in Squeezed Lemonade  and Broken China. With Seam Binding in Festive Berries and Peacock Feathers. I then went a little Nuts, I hand dyed the Nose thread to co ordinate but was not quite happy with the results soooo I then Created a glaze with a very very small amount of re-inker and some glossy accents. Which I then used on the clowns noses and also dipped the rhinestones in (told you I went a bit nuts). There is a product called Nose shine however it can be a little sticky. I really love how the glossy accents looked and how hard it sets so will be doing this again in the future (for some reason my brain has gone to the I want to do a distress clown for every colour of distress ink however I think I might get bored with that will see how I feel about it as I am bear making). I should also add these bears are made from recycled curtain fabric that would otherwise end up as landfill. Just in case the Distress did not make them cool enough already!

And here are the Clowns (after all Mario and Tim always look like they have fun and ‘Clown around’)
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Next came the how do I package the bears. Yes I could have just wrapped them up and handed them over but where is the fun in that. So I have been working on a suitcase box tutorial for a friend. Using my Score board. (If you do not have one I highly recommend one) I will be posting up a step by step tutorial for this soon. The best thing about the box is its very economical just one sheet of Cardstock, a 5” x12” strip of patterned paper (that is optional), 10 small brads, some crackle paint, adhesive and Ribbon or faux upholstery suede(from a reverse cycle garbage place and saved from ending up as landfill), and a couple of buckles, as well as some small Sizzix Tags using Kraft core.I will also be adding a small piece of grungepaper to help make the back sturdier (Lesson learnt from the fact they got a smidge squished on the way to Sydney)

Sooo here are the Suitcase Boxes

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Now Let’s start with Mario’s Reaction even though he opened his second. There are less photos. I love how delighted He was with the bear and you will see a fantastic reaction as he opens his present.

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And Now for Tim opening his Bear 🙂 The whole moment is some what surreal I remember hearing words like wow and cool but honestly not much else. But I think the facial expressions as its being opened say a lot more than I can remember right now.

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What I learned Both Tim and Mario exude gratitude and Joy, so never be afraid to give them something you have made. They take as much delight in it as you do. Next post will be all about the workshop.

And that’s all there is there isn’t any more for now 🙂

A Very Special Bear

Today I am such a proud Aunty. My eldest niece turned 16 today. Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl. As she already has her gift from me I can share it with you all. I am so happy with how her present turned out. This is the first OOaK signature bear I have made. Not only did I make the bear from one of my own unique patterns I also made the pendant from memory glass.  The bear is as yet unnamed so for now meet ‘Sweetie’

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Meet a New Ballerina Bearbie

As yet to be named this new little (and I do mean little at just 3” tall) Ballerina Bear turned out so well that I had to put all other things I have to share with you aside and share her.

She is truly one of the bears that show how much my scrapbooking supplies get used in my bear making.

Inspiration strikes sometimes in the strangest ways. Yesterday I was sorting and putting away my paper scraps (I have a folder where they all go sorted by colour so I can easily find what I may be looking for) when I came across a piece of tulle that I had hand dyed for the 12 tags of Christmas with Distress Re-inker Stormy Sky. I have always wanted to try making a no sew tutu and so in the midst of sorting out the paper scraps I chopped up the tulle, got a piece of cord and made a small tutu. I finished sorting the paper scraps but could not shake the idea that I needed to make a bearbie to go with the Tutu.

So I cut out a wee bear (the same pattern I used for the Tim bear on my last tag), prepped sewed, stuffed and jointed indeed this wee one would not let me sleep until she was fully stuffed with all her seams ladder stitched shut.

This afternoon it was more hand dying, of satin, flowers, and ribbon. So that she matched.

I looked at a prima say it in pearls I have with blue pearls and after I had made her leotard (of sorts) I tried a little of the pearls on her top. It really gives her somewhat of an Haute Couture look. Also used a couple of them for her earrings. Amazing what a little imagination can do.

So here she is ready to be adopted and go to a new home.

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and lastly she takes a bow

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Thoughts, finished projects and ideas.

So this has been a creative couple of weeks. Yet sadly I cannot share with you some of the things I have been creating. They are for a commission and I am unable to share them until they arrive at their destination.

I am awash with creative ideas; however my creative space is a bomb site. Worse since containers fell over out of nowhere (all sorted again now). The Commission bear turned out better than I had hoped. Especially after the whole safety eye debacle (took me 3 tries and a lot of needle sculpting to get the eyes almost even)

Also created were some inchies for an Artistic Document Swap, I had E and V and the theme was storybook, a bit worried mine will be to plain a my printer is being painful and I know that loads of people printed out little micro images and such.

In the meantime Doodling with Jim Henson is sitting there waiting for me to actually start doodling with Jim (I have read the book it is amazing and I can’t wait to play). Also arriving last week a book called how to draw anything. I have had a look at it; read some am not convinced it is for me. Not sure I am the copy everything type of person but then again perhaps I will be in the mood for it at a different point and also my how to draw fairies and mermaids arrived. So now onto my wish list goes some different sized fine tip black markers (like the Pitt set), water colours, some books to use to practice in, and some new lead pencils. I swear that list always gets longer rather than shorter. Then again there are so many new things to try and techniques to play with.

This year is filled with creative potential. It is the 10th anniversary of me as a bear artist. So along with the unique one of a kind creations each bear made this year bears a very special place as a 10th anniversary bear. Amongst my bear plans are a Mama Umbridge (for those of you who have no idea who that is Might I suggest watching A Very Potter Sequel by Team Starkid), a set of popcorn bears complete with popcorn container, a Marilyn Monbear (from diamonds are a girl’s best friend) and perhaps I will even get my teddy bears picnic scene done, or even my tangled in the Christmas lights on a ladder bear, there is a list of ideas I have floating around here somewhere and quite a few various props floating around. I also have ideas for a 2012 runway collection.

To date I have made over 200 bears. I am looking forward to the challenges some of my new bear ideas will bring.

This is the first non commission bear of this year. Yet to be named (if you have any ideas feel free to comment). The Recycled Curtain fabric has been hand doodled and then hand coloured in using sharpie markers. It did bleed a touch in places but I think it adds to the arty look of the bear.

From the side
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Other Side

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And of course from the front

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As you can see each time you look there is something new to discover. That is the beauty of the hand doodled fabric there is so much to see and delight in.

Not only this but I am determined to aide my inner artist to flourish. In any ways I can be it scrapping, drawing, mixed media, or other things.

Also received some wonderful washi tape this week(my first and I love it). Had a play with it by making a card for a friend. Also I revamped a friendship book I had made a batch of a couple of  Christmases ago from some Martha Stewart wedding programs I got cheap and immediately thought oooh these would make awesome little books or mini albums ($5 for 20 of them on clearance no brainer). So here is the card and the revamped cover. I used the same washi tape so that they would go together. The beauty of the Wedding programs is that not only were they cheap but also as long as you do not use bulky embellishments they fit easily into a card to post. So make a wonderful and thoughtful gift without adding the added expense of extra postage especially when it comes to posting overseas.

So here is the Card very ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’

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and here is the Card and Friendship book together.

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I cannot wait to share the commission bear and the card I made for the new parents. It will however be a few weeks before I can do so.

In the meantime create up a storm

For me I will be cleaning up my craft and other spaces as I have new storage here that is yet to be put together as it needs spaces to go into. Can’t wait though as now I should well and truly have a spot for all my craft needs including my bear supplies. This should also help me reduce the amount of stuff that is lacking homes. After all I will have 32 cubes of storage that can all go together to form a wall of craft supplies. The more I sort things the more in some places I realise I need more containers and other such storage bits and pieces to maximise what I can fit in them. Although I am not sure they will all be filled as yet. It is great to be able to look and see where things are as well as it means I am also using more of the stuff I do have as I know where it is.

Well that’s me updated for now. Hope to have more to share with you soon.

May your inspiration flow

Amanda