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Care Bear Altered Mirrors

by Amy Bowerman

It’s no secret that I LOVE the 80’s!!  I will use any excuse imaginable to revisit the days of my youth artistically.  This week at TOFF our challenge is “Movies and Film”.  For my Project I went with one of my childhood favorites…”The Care Bears Movie.”

Care bear altered mirrors

Care Bear Stare

I knew I wanted to use Care Bears immediately.  I also wanted to include their famous catch phrase “Care Bear Stare.”  That’s how foes were dealt with in the 80’s…through intense staring contests.  Quite the passive aggressive way to thwart enemies no?  Originally I had thought of putting the Care Bears on a canvas all in a row but the composition was off so I had to go back to the proverbial “drawing board.”  I wasn’t sure where I would display the Care Bears until I made a trip up over the garage and noticed this trio of wooden Ikea mirrors hanging on the wall.  They were crying out to me to be made pretty so I had no choice but to oblige them.

Care bear mirror Tenderheart and Cheer Bear

Tenderheart and Cheer Bear

How to Make a Care Bear Ikea Mirror

STEP 1- Sand mirror Tim Holtz sanding grip and then add a coat of blue Metallic Folk Art Acrylic paint to cover the edges .

STEP 2- Cut patterned paper to cover the mirror and Mod Podg to the surface.  Once the first layer of Mod Podge  add a second layer of Mod Podge Sparkle.

STEP 3- Add Care Bears, Stars and Clouds

*The Care Bears and Stars are from the Octopode Factory.  I created appropriate bellies to coordinate with each bear (Tenderheart Bear and Cheer Bear are shown here….I tend to favor Cheer bear because of the rainbow on her belly).

The stars were resized in Photoshop and given smiley faces in traditional Care Bear Style.  The clouds were cut from Glossy white chip board sprayed with Krylon Glitterblast (Diamond Dust).  All of the images were colored with Copic Markers and sealed with Mod Podge.

care bear mirror grumpy bear

Stars, Rainbows, and Bears…Oh MY!!

I love this rainbow dot paper it’s sparkly and rainbow-colored so obviously I’m a fan!  There are 10 (original) Care Bears in all but I didn’t have room for Birthday Bear and Bed Time Bear.  Here we have (from left to right) Love-a-lot bear, Good-Luck Bear, Grumpy Bear, and Funshine Bear.  Note to self photographing Mirrors is no easy task…as you can see with my hand on the side there :)

Care Bear mirror Friend Bear and Wish Bear

What are you “staring” at??

I thought the altered mirror idea was great to showcase the Care Bears and “The Care Bear Stare”.  It’s customary to
“stare” into a mirror so why not have some colorful 80’s icons staring back at ya?  Here we have Friend Bear and Wish Bear.  Is it weird that I still know all their names?  This is why I keep a vintage children’s book collection.  It’s like my own artistic reference section.  I still have most of my old 80’s memorabilia…the My Little Ponies, Rainbow Brite, She-ra, a Pillow Person, Popples and what not….but alas the Care Bears have never surfaced :(  This was my way of paying homage to my wayward bears…perhaps they are on the island of Misfit toys with the water gun that shoots jelly.  God, I miss that cloud car!!

Thanks for taking a trip to Care Bear Land with me!  I hope you will come and share your favorite Film/Movie with us at TOFF!

Amy*

 

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2 LynneF December 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

tooooooo CUTE!! and hang onto those relics from the 80’s whoooo knows…some day they could be worth something if nothing more than the GREAT memories!!

Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge ~ Some Stars!!

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