Fan Art Up! (21) – My Neighbor Totoro & Yarn Art

September 4, 2014 Art it Up! 43

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Fan Art Up! is a weekly feature hosted by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read. It is dedicated to showcasing our Fan Art and doodles inspired by entertainment media, whether it’s Books, Movies, Anime, Comics, etc. Or even your random self inspired art! Break out those dusty art supplies!

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This week’s art was inspired by the film

My Neighbor Totoro

I absolutely love everything Studio Ghibli – but especially My neighbor Totoro because it has TOTORO and little tiny ones as well as dust sprites and a Cat bus – I mean COME ON – a cat bus! Anyways, if you can’t tell – I’ve gotten bored with painting at the moment and went off on a tangent with yarn instead. I have an entire office FULL of yarn. So much so that my mom swears I could open my own yarn shop. So I plan to make a ton of these from random doodles if I feel like they would make a decent yarn mosaic – then stockpile them and hopefully someday sell them. But yeah – that’s a long way off. I have to stop having crazy attention deficit crafting and finish all the projects that I start.


Some more Random Yarn Art!

Uhh – I was feeling lazy and I haven’t really read much of anything in at least a week so I just took one of my sketches, made it a little bigger and then yarned all over it. Yes that’s right YARN! I bet you guys think I have art/craft A.D.D. don’t you? I must admit I love how this little guy turned out. I’m already working on a different one (which you can see above). I know – I should be reading – or finishing the halfway started paintings from a few weeks ago. I DO WHAT I WANT!!

Ghost yarn art SEP 2014

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Random Doodle – by KAT!

Kat wanted to participate so she drew and colored the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. It looks very Disney don’t you think?

Kat Cheshire Cat
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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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43 Responses to “Fan Art Up! (21) – My Neighbor Totoro & Yarn Art”

  1. Litha Nelle

    I’ve never seen that done before- I actually thought those drawings were filled in with frosting. What can I say- I have sugar on my mind. Great job!

  2. Jen (At Random)

    I love your yarn monster! I would definitely buy one if you started selling them :).

    Just curious, how long did it take you? Did you just use hot glue and yarn? I have craft ADD too so I may attempt it….someday
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Thanks Jen – I love him also! I’ll definitely be selling tons of artsy stuff hopefully sometime around the end of the year.

      I didn’t use hot glue – gosh I can’t imagine how much more messy hot glue might be (I’ve never used hot glue in my life I don’t think LOL) Maybe I need to buy one of those glue guns to see just how destructive I can be with one.

      I used fabric glue (heck yarn is “fabric” right? LOL
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Thanks Jen! That makes me feel so good knowing people would actually consider buying the things I make cause yah I really do hope to open a a little etsy shop someday. I just need to crack down on myself and force myself to finish all my art projects. I have a zillion half started things in my office and I just get ADD and move onto something else and never go back to the ones I already started. lol. I should do a post like that soon – Fan Art Up! – all the things left undone LOL.
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  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    Studio Ghibli is the absolute best. My favourite will always be Howl’s Moving Castle, but My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke come in closely after that. If only my attention deficit moments were as productive as yours, Tabitha! Instead of creating art I usually end up zoning out on the couch as reruns of Pretty Little Liars play in the background. It’s pretty awful, really.

    And Kat, your doodle is awesome too! At this point if you guys told me that Maggie also draws I wouldn’t even be surprised. So much creativity on one blog!
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Howl’s Moving Castle is definitely my favorite as well. That and Spirited Away. I haven’t watched Princess Mononoke in SOO long. I need to watch that one again this month then.

      Oh yeah you’re right! My A.D.D habits do sometimes produce at least one cool item before my attention is pulled elsewhere by something else shiney.

      True to typical Tabitha form the totoro is STILL unfinished and I’ve already moved onto a different medium and project entirely (I just made a template this morning for a cloth plush girl dolly to make on my sewing machine) – see what I mean total A.D.D.

      Maggie totally does not draw, she gets so impatient with arts and crafts and just slap dashes things together its hilarious. Though she’s been using her sewing machine recently. She made me burp rags for my first child a few years ago. I always try to rope her into the crafts though. =)
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Haha – a litte impatient are you? I actually had a lot of fun making the blue ghosty one and the second one as well. But I can totally see having a problem focusing on it after awhile because it just gets so repetitive! hence my attention will run off somewhere else like “oooo maybe I can use my sewing machine this week”
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  4. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    These are super cute! I’ve tried doing this in the past but I think I have the wrong glue…or possibly just stupid fingers, lol. I usually end up with yarn stuck to everything but the places I want. Maybe I should try it again!

    I’m going to try and link up tomorrow, I just have to remember to take pictures of my art.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yeah I think I’ll probably try to find a better glue. This one is so messy but then I think all glue is probably crazy messy. I did get a ton of yarn stuck to various other places that it didn’t belong – like my fingers, clothes ….hair. So totally a messy undertaking.

      I can’t wait to see what you link up!!
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  5. Anya

    Yey, I really love the yarn thing and am kind of tempted to try. I used to love the idea of knitting because I could pick out pretty yarn but sucked at actual follow through. I feel like this would be a good way to pick out pretty yarn to use and actually make pretty things I like!
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Haha – I love crochet – I originally started out with knitting and while I did ok – once I learned to crochet I stopped knitting entirely (so much more work to knit).

      Definitely a good way to use yarn without all the knit/crochet madness. Though I still want to crochet and knit just haven’t been in the mood to do it in ages.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yes – then you must have just as much as I do – because I have soo much. I was tempted NOT to use my more expensive yarns for these thing but then I realized that would mean I’d just go out and buy more yarn because I don’t have the colors I want in the cheaper yarns so yeah I just need to USE them and not care how much I originally paid for them lol.
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  6. Alise

    These look so great, Tabitha! Very cute :3 Plus the bonus Cheshire Cat is adorable (although I may be biased 😉 It was really creative to use yarn too, it’s like extra levels of awesome. I must confess I am terrified of Studio Ghibli stuff though, haha. I saw Spirited Away when I was really young and was so freaked out 😛
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