Joanne's has a blog too, sometimes she would share tips on bear making and this also encourage artists to try out new techniques and challenges. One of the thing that admire about her is her positive attitude and daring to try out new things. When you have time, I would highly recommend her blog as I am sure you will learn from her as much as I do.
Last year November we have agreed to do a swap this year, I am excited. Both of us set an agreement to make a monkey and a bear as our swap. Joanne has given me encouragement and asked me to try something different that I have never done before - Needle felting a face (something that i wanted to try for this year). I took up this challenge.
In the process of felting, i poked my fingers several times (causes numbness), broke a few felting needles but it was fun! No pains, no gains. Most of the time, I refer to animal pictures from the internet when crafting the animals, even though most of the time they appears to be different, I am happy that they have a touch of Wayneston feel and look ^.^
I have shared in the previous post of the WIP of the monkey. Many hours has spent on the face, i enjoy it and I will be making more in the future.
|This is Yarnell, specially created by Joanne. He has sleepy eyes!|
|Her fur is hand dyed mohair|
|Her muzzle and brows are needle felted and rooted with mohair|
|Caspian, my first Wayneston Monkey with needle felted face|
|His body and head is a new design|
|He has wired armature legs too, he can bend his legs|
Thank you so much for agreeing to the swap, I will treasure Yarnell. He looks happy with my bears & dolls =)
Your encouragement is the source of my motivation, thank you for being a great mentor. I will strive to become a great artist ^.^