We always do something for the BBC Children in Need appeal, and it is useful to have Pudsey Bear nearby, so people know where to come to hand over their money. This is the second Pudsey that I've made, and it is slightly smaller than the first, which was about 7 feet tall - unfortunately we lost him. You read that right, we lost a seven-foot bright yellow teddy bear! Told you we had too much stuff to keep track of.
Pudsey is cut out of 9mm MDF (that's plenty thick enough). I squared up the picture from an image on the internet and painted him with acrylics, using a flat brush for the outlines. The yellow was troublesome, as yellow paints tend to transparency, so to get a flat-looking colour I mixed it with a tiny amount of a strong Titanium White. Not enough to change the colour, but enough to make it opaque.
These big MDF cutouts can be very effective. I once made a life-sized cutout of my nephew to bring to a party that he couldn't attend, using a blown-up photograph for the face - this was quite a shock to his mother, who thought he was several thousand miles away!
Children in Need day is on 18th November this year. Pudsey will be back to say hello then. Meanwhile, he has found some friends from earlier blogposts ...