Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Beannie

Hello my sweet honey bunnies!
Today I would like to introduce you to my very first ever made soft toy  - Beannie
Beannie is a mix of possum, snow leopard and a baby deer. He was my experimental project which helped me to understand the process of making soft toys. He is full of imperfections as he was made from an old T-shirt and was stitched with dark blue thread and painted with acrylic paints. Some of his body parts are of course made from polymer clay. 
Creating Beannie was quite easy, but also challenging and time consuming as me and sawing are two  things that don't mix (as I thought before). In school I was one of the worst girls with creative household things like cooking, sewing and knitting. But then I was only 12-14 years old. My mind wasn't ready for it, OK? 

So here he is, little creature from a planet BEANOU, and although he is one big imperfection, he is now my favourite toy, I cary him with me everywhere and I put him to sleep every night in a coconut shell bed and I always make sure he has extra blanket underneath him so that he feels comfortable while watching his beanie dreams. 



Beannie likes to learn new things and is very curious creature. He can spend hours sitting next to me and watching me work or paint. He is so dedicated that he doesn't even move and you need to be extra careful to see how sometimes he blinks and nods his little head as if he is confirming everything I teach him. He is a perfect companion to slouch on the couch or to watch a movie. We do so many things together and he is always there wondering and learning. 

Beanie is only 4 days old and he is one of a kind. Recently I was thinking about my childhood and remembered that I haven't got any childhood toys left in my mom's house. We gave them all away to children in need, to those kids that haven't got parents and are not adopted. We have quite a lot of places like this in Latvia and I am glad that perhaps my toys became good friends for some of them poor guys. 

I hope you like my new little friend. Please let me know what you think of him in comments below.

Thanks a lot,



New Branch On My "Life Tree"


Couple of weeks ago I got overflown with the blast of cuteness from an amazing Russian artist (Santani) who I found from someone else's shared post. This girl is making amazing soft toys with use of faux fur and polymer clay and so I completely fell in love with what she is doing. In the meantime I was entering 2014 with a lot of hopes for a change, better times, some new dreams and total remodelling of my own website and my blog.

You all know me as a cute Aniko who makes cute tutorials, calls her followers "Honey Bunnies", likes to paint in watercolour and draw doodle drawings, likes to decorate her room, grows a mini garden of pretty flowers on her windowsill and has the most adorable cute little dog Milo. I love seaside, pastel tones, all sorts of handmade stuff, shabby chic and vintage styles, tea candles and feather earrings in bright colours. And so all of my life rotates around flowery patterns, little creatures and birdies and only these things are truly making me happy and excited, make me feel more like myself.
But… because I like challenging myself and put myself out of my comfort zone, I recently caught myself thinking that for the past half of a year all I did was working in photography studio and as for creative part of my life I was doing some absolutely random custom orders, which were mostly made from black clay, were dark or contained elements I don't like making, like human beings or architecture or perspectives. I know I can do it, I know I can do it good because during my creative education I managed to develop quite widely to different directions. But sadly these different directions so much liked by majority of my latest clients are taking me quite far away from things that truly make me happy.
I am a Mandarin duck with a very very kind heart. And I always know who I am, but life throws me to different directions from time to time and makes me stay here and there for a while.. and makes me forget for some time who I am. 

This may sound quite weird that I saw these toys and then completely changed what I am doing now in my life as it is not entirely true. I will always remain myself, as a polymer clay artist, the girl who does creative stuff, makes video tutorials and even journals and figurines from time to time. But mostly I will just shred some layers of darkness and dust that made my bright feathers become quite dull. It may not show on the outside and perhaps nobody even had noticed the change, but in my heart every day I was and still do quite strongly suffer from the difference in  what I truly want and what I have to do. 

And so 2014 became a beginning, a sort of kick for my big change and some circumstances followed in my personal life and my family really inspired and encouraged me.


As you all know, when I turned 28, I became a vegetarian. For 2 months now I am not eating meat completely and am only consuming fish products from time to time, but I am not eating any mammals at all. This was a great big step in my life and I am feeling better in all aspects, especially knowing that I don't have to kill a life being to satisfy my starvation. Sooner or later even fish will be in the past, but as fisherman's daughter, unfortunately, I found myself being used to fish too much. But I am fighting with this too. Fish is alive creature and does not deserve me eating it :) Not even in a fish finger form :)



Another change that happened was my discovery of Vedas. This knowledge triggered me to become a vegetarian as well as made me understand a lot about humans and family relationship, love, partners, care about our planet, birds and animals, plants and trees and of ofcourse friendship. It also made me realise how wonderful and fair this universe is and, what was the most pleasant, my study satisfied my hunger for ancient secrets I always wanted to know but couldn't get a source and an answer to some of my questions. I won't go too much into it. Those who are interested can find a lot of information online or libraries and those who are not are already looking at me with suspicion. So enough about that.


Mostly I am changing for good, I feel this new stream, this new branch growing on the tree of my life and the whole tree with all the roots is becoming more stable, strong, green and fresh. I feel that the core me is becoming stronger, I feel healthier and kinder. I lost my "feeling sorry for myself" feeling, envy for more lucky ones, a need to become like somebody else.
I will always want to have a house with a garden by the sea, children, fascinating career and all the money I could desire. But one thing had changed - attitude. I don't feel desperate anymore. I did let it  all go. I told myself that perhaps I am not destined to live in my own house, I am not destined to be rich or not destined to move out from the rented crowded house we are living in… I accepted my current circumstances… and you know… as soon as I did it, it felt like a huge mountain fell of my shoulders. 
I don't care anymore. I am feeling content where I am now. I don't hate this house, I don't hate my financial situation or this country. I am feeling good. 

And so now the main part. What in all this for you? 
Well you will only get the benefits ^^. If I feel good, I can give more, teach more, share more and surprise more. So this needs to be a positive change for all of us in a way.

Thank you very much for reading this post. It is so important for me that I have my followers, people who sometimes write to me and say that my art changed their life (it happened couple of times).. people that say that I make them smile every day, people that say I helped them find themselves and develop their artistic skills and many other wonderful people. Without you, my sweet honey bunnies,  all my journey would be just a life of a regular female, perhaps a mother and later on perhaps a granny. But it would be nowhere near as exciting as you make it be. I am truly grateful for everything you give me and now, more than ever, I am ready to give back.

I LOVE YOU!








Monday, 27 January 2014

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Black Lotus Box


Couple of months ago I was contacted by a lovely italian customer requesting a very unusual custom order. He wanted me to create a special box that would relate to an old but still very popular card game "Magic: The Gathering". He is an owner of one of the rarest cards "Black Lotus" and it apparently is very unique and expensive and so he required a very special box to go with it so that he can keep the card inside. 


The idea we came up with was quite unique and challenging as it required some knowledge and some rules and a lot of things was supposed to be going on on top of this box without looking funny or too much over the roof. 
First I came up with the sketch which was approved by the client. Click on it to zoom in (picture on the left).

I was quite excited to work on this project as it was quite challenging, especially the lava part but I will get to it later.

So the whole idea of the game is that there is 5 different types of Magic Mana. White, Blue, Black, Red and Green. Each of these magic mamas have their own creatures, weapons, qualities, symbols e.c.t
I won't go to deep into it as you can find out more in Google about this game if you wish. But.. as the result of my exploration and my customer's dedicated guidance we came up with this box in the end.
As this box will protect the "Black Lotus" card it was decided to put the black lotus in the middle of the composition. Some of my friends said that this bow is like a journey of Frodo from Lord of the Rings, where it all starts in shire, then they get to elves, then they cross the big river and go to deadly marshes and boggy places and end up in Mordor. I guess in all magic games, stories and movies all sorts of similar magical powers and elements do have place to exist. 
The most challenging elements was  fire and Lava and water with a waterfall. These are things that are very hard to show as lava is supposed to burn and glow, steam and pour.. and so it was hard to understand the physics of it and I had to research on volcano eruption pictures finally succeed.
 Same was with water where I had to create a flow and a feel of liquid and transparent from something hard and solid.
You can see about 20 other pictures of this box here in my Flickr Gallery (Boxes).


Cutie Hootie Owl

Couple of days ago I was filming another Youtube tutorial and now I am editing it, but I would like to show you what I created and I hope you will be now looking forward to this tutorial. 








I placed it in front of my keyboard so it can watch me and give me wise advices and inspire me. 




My first post

Hello my sweet honey bunnies!
This is my very first post in this blog even if before you were my happy readers from "Yes, I can" blog.
Something happened to it and I can not get my blog back and also my website gone completely wrong and so I decided to start a new blog which now I will definitely be able to maintain.
So please follow me and stay updated. I also grew professionally during these couple of years and so my posts will be more inspiring and more interesting.
Thank you very much for being my subscribers and I hope you will continue to support me and be my faithful followers.

Lots of love,