Are your kids already bugging you for Valentine’s Day cards and crafts? This cute little teddy bear and heart is perfect for them. Of course, If you’d like to try it yourself, I’ll never tell!
Here’s your paint list –
- Light Pink
- Wild Rose
- Bambi Brown
- Burnt Umber
- Dark Burnt Umber or Black
- White Plaid Floating Medium (optional)
Do these colors look familiar? Yep! The same colors as the Cupcake. Full supply list below this post.
So when your kids are done painting Teddy, you can paint the Cupcake!
The teddy bear paint pattern is super simple.
Hey, why not let your kids color it after you’ve transferred the pattern? In fact, all of my paint patterns work for coloring pages, don’t they?
Step 1 – Download, print and transfer the pattern
To transfer it you can either use graphite paper or flip the pattern over and use a pencil to outline the tulips, stems and leaves. Then flip the pattern right side up, center it on the watercolor paper and using a stylus or ball point pen, trace the outlines of the pattern.
Step 2 – Paint a wash of Light Pink
All that means is I used a damp paintbrush to moisten the watercolor paper and then I added the pink paint. Do this in sections so your paper stays moist and the paint will flow easily.
Step 3 – Paint the heart Light Pink, starting with the edges and working to the center.
Step 4 – Paint the teddy bear’s body with Bambi Brown.
Step 5 – Paint the ears, nose and feet Light Pink.
Step 6 – Paint Bamboo for his muzzle and Burnt Umber for his eyes and mouth.
Step 7 – Shade the Heart with Wild Rose
Pour a dab of Floating medium on your plate, load some on your brush and then – on just a corner of the brush – pick up some Wild Rose pink. Work your brush a few times on your plate to blend the Medium and paint together.
You can also just outline the heart with the Wild Rose and it’ll look fine.
Step 7 – Shade the ears and the feet
If you’ve never floated before, this might take some practice. Just practice! Do it a few times and you’ll have it, I promise! The Floating Medium really, really helps.
If you try it and you just can’t get it blended, then simply cover the Wild Rose with Light Pink – just like in all the other painting instructions I write. The darker pink will show thru just a bit, but won’t look blotchy.
But try the float. I think you’ll surprise yourself.
Step 8 – Paint a smaller, darker circle of black in the center of Teddy’s eyes. Add a couple of dots of White when the circle has dried.
Step 9 – Add ‘fuzz’ to bear with scruffy brush and Burnt Umber
Use your oldest, scruffiest brush to give Teddy some fuzzies. (Or buy one of Donna Dewberry’s from Supply List.) Or a little piece of sea sponge would work too.
Then pounce Burnt Umber all over the body, ears, hands and feet.
Tap, tap, tap . . . . tap. Load your brush and tap some more. Your kids will love it.
One tip – after you dip your brush in paint, smoosh (technical term) the brush onto the plate so the paint isn’t all on the tip of the brush. Otherwise you’ll have Blotchy teddy, not a Fuzzy teddy.
Now let your kids decorate the center of the heart or add your own greeting, maybe use a photo editing program like I did. I hope you have fun with this teddy bear. It can be for any day, not just Valentine’s Day!
Foam plates (for palette)
Graphite paper or pencil
Stylus or ball point pen
Scruffy brush or sea sponge
Light Pink paint
Wild Rose Pink paint
Bambi Brown paint
Burnt Umber paint