Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Meet Snowie (Ready!)

As I promised straight after showing my work in progress I am writing this. I don't think that any text is necessary here. Let the pictures speak for themselves.  I enjoyed my self portrait photoshoot and I am sure Snowie was happy to finally appear on Facebook and Blogger pages after so much anticipation.













































And of course some more pictures of Snowie on it's own.










And of course the bunny bum xoxox


























I truly hope you enjoyed the final pictures and I am sure we will see and hear from Snowie and his friend Beannie very soon as they settle down in my room.

Thank you so much for all of your support,
Please let me know what if you like Snowie (in comments below).

Have a lovely day,


Meet Snowie (Work in Progress)

Hello my sweet honey bunnies!
Today I am so excited to share my amazing toy making journey which started in the end of January when I got so much inspired by amazing soft toys made by Santani. After that I spent the whole month sketching, trying out different ideas, inventing the character and the whole line of creatures. I had to find a perfect animal mix and some of them looked good and some were weird.

I loved the idea of a snow leopard but the antlers looked a bit too long and just didn't feel right. So I decided to start working on the body and just see how it goes. I ordered some lovely artificial fire on Ebay and as soon as I received it I jumped into patterns. This was the hardest part and I can honestly admit that I really lack of pattern making skills. I kind of have artistic mind, architecture and 3D vision, but making a toy was hard. See for yourself. Professional seamstress would just give me F+ for this :) 
But it was fun and even if the shape of my creature was quite primitive, somehow I knew it will work.
I started working on the paws and I made them from Fimo Classic polymer clay (black) and then painted with acrylic paints and varnished afterwards.

This was the first time I posted up a picture on Facebook to tease you guys and made you guess who do these paws could belong to. When the paws were ready and got attached to the body I could clearly see that the second animal in this little cute fluffy monster's body is a bunny. For quite a long time, I would even say for couple of weeks, I was busy at work and couldn't get myself to finish Snowie and so he remained soul-less in the plastic bag waiting for the right moment.

Then came the day of face sculpting and I jumped into it and wouldn't stop until I was done.
The process was quite time consuming and I was wondering how will I make a face that is curved inside to follow the shape of the head. Here I can be grateful to my workplace which happily donated me a glass mannequin head about a year ago. It was a perfect shape and so I started to work on it.

I think there is no need to say that I spent the whole day making this face and I was so glad that I made myself this fur brushing tool. It makes life so much easier. Closer to midnight after 3 separate bakes and adding and adding layers and textures I finally finished the clay part and also managed to completely do the paint job on the face. So here is before and after shot. I really like them both.
I went to sleep excited and woke up early this morning to continue working on Snowie. 

Snowie was born on 19th of February 2014 and received a beautiful heart (sawn into his body) which I bought in one of Brighton Beach shops this winter. So Snowie is not a toy, he is a creature with a heart and a soul and I am waiting for one of the kind spirits to get inside Snowie and live there. They say that if a toy is very loved by a child, then kind spirits of our universe can decide to live inside the toy and feed from child's love. In return they will work the protective powers on a child so that he is always healthy and safe. I like this kind of spirits. I am welcoming mine x.

This post is way too long so I will post up the final result pictures in the next post in a second :)

Thanks a lot for reading.
Lots of love



Sunday, 9 February 2014

Glass Eyes

Here are some glass hand painted eyes I made during couple of months. I was making more today and more complicated ones so decided to take a pic for you guys ^^
You can make eyes like this too! Here is the free Youtube tutorial I made quite a while ago:
  My most complicated eye is the closest large green dragon eye where I used 3 different colours + black. I am slowly learning how to paint gradients, make more organic and natural looks. And because it is so much cheaper than buying ready eyes from Ebay or Etsy, this also makes me very happy. Besides, this option forces me to challenge myself every time I do it.

Thanks a lot for reading and I hope some of new people in my community will find this blog post useful.