Monday, June 1, 2015

Guest Designer Project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit Altered Art


Guest Designer Project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit Altered Art 

Hi everybody... Joi here for another fun sharing time with you.  

Sooooooooooooooo.... ok - I am just going to be up front and tell you (since most of you know anyway - eheheheh).... this is my very first time to be a Guest Designer.  YES - you are right - you know me so well.... I am blessed, honored and GIDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Do you know how creative the folks are at Rhedd's Creative Spirit? They are FABULOUS.  After all - they have CREATIVE in their name!!! I love seeing all the different ways that they come up with to alter anything from the tiniest box to larger type furnishings.

Let me tell you... my imagination is not nearly as expandable as theirs so what in the world was I going to do for them???? 
For days and days... my thinking cap was throwing off fumes from discarding every idea that popped into my head.  Ugh. 

Then one day, I was out on our wrap around porch - glanced across to the cow pasture to admire the new calves and literally stubbed my toe on.... WHAT?  Would you believe... A BEAR?  

That crazy bear had been sitting there in virtually the same spot for the past year. He was chipped, moldy, wind damaged, and had lost the fish that used to hang out of his mouth.  Nope - no idea how that fish got away!!!!!!!!

With my big toe pounding - right then and there - I decided that bear had to go.  Bending over to pick it up, I felt the strangest rumble in my thinking cap and then as I stood up... that ole thinking cap started to hiss and crank and sputter.  By the time I had walked around to the trash can... there was no way to let go of Mr. Bear and toss him.  My thinking cap was now in purring mode and even with an aching toe... I knew that we had found an answer.  

Drum roll please.....

Mr. Pygmy Bear.... meet Rhedd's Creative Spirit friends&family.  

(Keep reading if you want to know how he got his name!)

Now onto the rest of the story!!!

Here is a snap of the bear BEFORE! But he was much worse looking than the picture shows - not salvageable - as he was.  He is made out of a hard plastic mold but it will chip and the fish totally broke off his mouth so... it's seems like a strange plastic.
P.S. My work space is organized - sure can't tell it here!!  

I absolutely adore bright shimmery shiny sparkly colors. Since we have some 'Baylor University Bears' in our family... Mr. Pygmy Bear was painted in green and gold. 

And it was really nothing more than just that - painting.

Mr. Pygmy Bear himself was done with the following items:
Pebeo Studio Acrylics DYNA - Iridescent Green Yellow
Pebeo Studio Acrylics DYNA - Iridescent Precious Gold
Ranger Ice Stickles - Diamond
Ranger Ice Stickles - Black Diamond

Mr. Pygmy Bear's cliff side was done with:
Ranger Alcohol Inks - lots of colors

You will also so some of the following little creatures:
lady bug
large butterfly
small butterfly

Mr. Pigmy Bear's earth was done with the following: 
Pebeo Studio Acrylics DYNA - Iridescent Green Yellow
Preserved Spanish Moss
Pecans (from the ranch)
Acorns (from the ranch)
Rocks (from the ranch)
Wood (from the ranch)
A few real leaves too!
Prima Flowers

And Mr. Pygmy Bear is a fair size - here is a picture with a ruler!

After the project was finished, I shared sweet Mr. Pgymy Bear was some friends.  One of the guys pulled my hubby aside and said he like the bear but the pecans were a bit big compared to the bear. My every loyal - precious hubby of 43 years as of May 27 said... 
"Oh - didn't you know... this is Mr. Pygmy Bear".

Needless to say... I was so proud of hubby for saving me!!!
And everyone was laughing loudly at his quick humor too!

It was a fun project to do. Sure hope you enjoyed my little narrative about this creation.  I am very very excited to be a Guest Designer for Rhedd's Creative Spirit. Thanks bunches to all.  Hugs j. 



Pamellia said...

Holy cow Joi, this is just spectacular, wowsers!! You really did an amazing job on the bear fur, I want to touch him!! The base is definitely my favourite bit with all the grass. moss, stones and those little creatures hidden here and there!! Congratulations on your guest spot at Rhedd's, so well deserved and you really pulled out all the stops for your GD! It was great to learn more about you too, Happy belated Anniversary my friend!! hugs :)

Sandra Wright. said...

Joi,it's an absolute pleasure having you as our Guest Designer this month...
Your beautiful Pygmy Bear just blew me away, I couldn't take my eyes off him when I first saw him...what a wonderful project in bringing him back to life again.
Love your attention to detail with all those little creatures...a truly beautiful Mr Pygmy Bear
Hugs xx

Paper Profusion said...

Huge congrats on your first guest design spot Joi, I've no doubt there will be many more. This is an incredible transformation and looks absolutely fantastic. The base is a wonderful treat store and home. Your hubby sounds a darling with that fast and clever response! Nicola x

Sammy said...

I love, love, love this Joi! An absolutely stunning piece. Thank you so much for playing along as GDT over at Rhedd's this month! x

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

You know I love your creations sweetie and pygmy could always come live with me if he wants lol xx

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

You know I love your creations sweetie and pygmy could always come live with me if he wants lol xx

Tincan Crafter said...

I have tried to post a comment here several time Joi, but for some reason - it keeps signing me out and then deleting my comment. In a pecan nutshell, I want to say that you have totally rescued broken plastic bear and turned him into a whimsical, colourful bear. I loved all the other interesting pieces that you put at the bottom, makes you just want to look and look and look. I used to be married to a farmer in Texas and he lived on the farm which had a huge orchard of Pecan trees. I spent some time there. Reading your post made me think of that. - hugs - candice (aka Tincan Crafter)

Chris Stern / CS Designs said...

Joi, Congratulations on your Guest Spot! It was such a wonderful surprise to see your artwork on Rhedds Creative Spirit this month. You are always such an inspiration to me and yet again your work is so gorgeously stunning. You have done a fabulous job of transforming an ordinary piece into something fantastic and I love that you included natural elements in this piece as well.
:) Chris / CS Designs

Win Dinn, Artist said...

Mr. Pygmy Bear is pure delight - so very colourful and fun I just want to cuddle with him! Well done, Joi!

yyam said...

Well, the bear got a fabulous makeover! And congrats on being guest designer for the first time Joi! How exciting! :)

P/s: Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me sweet comments. After travelling and getting the dreaded flu, I'm playing catchup now...and yes, your RAK is on its way!

Rupa Swaminathan said...

Amazing work here Joi. You are as goo with your words as your work too, enyoyed reading your post. What a transformation to the bear, love the striking colors and what a lovely pice of earth you have given him! He sees a content fella there. Hugs.

Dr Sonia S V said...

What a stunning transformation...loved all the detailing
Dr Sonia
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Jackie PN said...

What a stunning upcycle Joi!! Absolutely gorgeous!! ")