This has been one of my most fun experiences in life, painting one of the huge bear sculptures that will be auctioned off to raise money for charity. My main sponsor, Meals on Wheels has been a delight to work with and I want to say thank you for picking me to paint your bear! I am honored!!
I also want to thank another sponsor who stepped up and made this project affordable and easy, Deco Art Inc. I don't know what I would have done without your help! They supplied all my paints and it was definitely appreciated!
I also want to mention that the Multi Surface Satins were exceptional to use, they went on creamy smooth and were easy to blend out. I had other artists in the same building who came over to check out my paints because my paints were doing so much better than the acrylics they were using. Notes were taken as to the paints I had chosen and I bet next year more Deco Arts Multi Surface paints will be used on the bears! These are the colors I used:
I also want to thank a few friends who sent me some products of their own who helped in ways I bet they didn't know when they sent me their gifts:
First, a shout out to the washi tape loving Tamiko McCurry who sent me loads of washi tape ( I never had used the stuff before and was delighted at how it helped with the lettering. ) I stretched out the washi tape and was able to write on it too in order to correctly space my words. It peeled right out afterwards with no damage to the paint!
I also want to thank Yvonne Armitage for sending me a pen, that literally saved my life with the small details of the Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. If I had to do the fine lines with a paint brush, well, I think I would have given up. I had plenty of odd looks from my fellow artists when I used a ball point pen too, lol but it worked like a dream! I had one artist ask to use it on her bear but it didn't work on her chalky acrylic paint, so another shout out goes up for the Deco Art Multi Surface Satin paints!!
I could not have finished my bear without the help from everyone involved
Here is a slide show presentation of the bear's creation.