Pink Saturday

My creation, originally uploaded by bluebirdsandteapots.

Today is Pink Saturday, and Bev from How Sweet The Sound is hosting this wonderful event. There are many pink posts to explore, so won't you join Bev in celebrating another Pink Saturday?

Painting with tea created wonderful edges for painting roses.

My creation

I wanted to paint a larger painting and as I looked around for a perfect composition, I couldn't help but notice how nicely a tea and watercolor wash would be to create teddy bear fur. Oh but how about bunny fur? I am in love with painting toys, especially bears and bunnies.

Once upon a time, my little girls had two favorite stuffed animal bunnies.

My daughters loved these bunnies, because they were a gift from their Aunt Susan all the way from America. These bunnies were part of our family and they traveled all over Hong Kong with my little girls.

My daughters carried them everywhere. When they weren't off on an adventure, they sat on their beds in their nursery.

Miss Sarah Bunny sits in a chair that my sister Lynne gave to them while we lived there, she is sitting near pillows also designed by Lynne.

I thought by painting these favorite toys I could memorize a special chapter for them.

When Ashley saw them framed, she said "Mom, you're not selling these are you?" They are a gift for my girls to memorize the magic of Once upon a time.

Childhood is a magical place, because when we drift back in time, all the characters are the same. They haven't grown any older and our toys are as good as new. Our parents are young and our siblings are little again. Memorizing this magic is an essential thing to do.

I have painted a bunny for my little shop, hoping that it captures the magic of someone's childhood, or a gift for some little girl beginning her journey into childhood. The name of the painting is Miss Storybook Bunny.

I hope you have a wonderful Pink Saturday visiting all the inspiring posts at Bev's Place.

Miss Storybook Bunny
Miss Storybook Bunny measures 15" x 22 1/2", she was painted on Arches 140 lb. watercolor paper. I use Winston Newton Cotman watercolor paints. Her fur was painted with rose tea and watercolor washes. She is a one-of-a-kind original painting.

I wish you storybook memories of Once upon a time. The song for this post is called Storytime.

Pink Storybook Bunny
Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I have a special bunny like that. It sits in my den. It belonged to our oldest daughter. I collect bunnies and put them out in the Spring and Summer. I will be changing to Fall soon I always wait until after September 11th to change things over. As I have alot of flags displayed. I do it usually around my Birthday in October. Have a funtasic weekend...m...

Smilingsal said...

It looks as if you could squeeze her!
Happy Pink Saturday!


Happy Pink Saturday, Karen!

Great PINK post! Love the rose preparation to paint.
And this bunny is way too cute!

~ Gabriela ~

Becky said...

Happy Pink Saturday.
You are very talented. Those are precious.

g said...

Karen, I really love visiting your blog each Saturday. It is so fascinating to see how the paintings come to be. Your painting for Beverly is gorgeous, too!

Thanks so much!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Karen. I hope you don't mind me featuring your painting in my Pink Saturday post. I just adore your work.

Miss Storybook Bunny is just beautiful. I know she will find a loving home very soon. And, I love your the roses you have done with your tea painting. The colors and form are gorgeous.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh that would be so perfect for a little girls room! Just adorable!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

how cute! I love that little rabbit. :) you are so talented. How cute would that be in a baby girls nursery? Almost makes me wish the kids were still infants. (well, just for a minute). LOL xoxo, Joanna

Virginia said...

Love to see your paintings. So sweet and pretty.
Have a Happy Pink Saturday!
Blessings, Virginia

Crystal ~ CJO Glassware & Gifts said...

Karen ~ you do beautiful work, and how wonderful that you were able to forever "immortalize" your daughters' special bunnies.


Jeanne said...

Karen, your art talent is stunning. I love everything shown. Wow, you just took Pink Saturday up several notches. Thank you for such a beautiful display of your art work. Your little girls are very lucky to have a mommy like you. Memories are the best and someday they will realize what you did for them and how special it is.

Hugs, Jeanne

Patricia said...

This bunny is beautiful. You have really captured the softness of the special toy through your painting. Happy Pink Saturday !
Ps - I love your pumpkins.

Tara said...


Thank you so much for the blog award...I a sorry i did not get over here sooner, things have been so crazy getting back to school and work fulltime! You are just the dearest, dearest blogging friend ever! I so enjoy your visits and always feel wonderful after visiitng here...and remain in awe of your incredible talents!!

Have a great weekend-

Kathy said...

Just lovely, Karen. I have painted with tea and it does create a lovely, soft effect.

She'sSewPretty said...

What a beautiful way to save a treasured memento and memory. Happy Pink Saturday!

CurtissAnn said...

Truly, truly, your blog is a wonderful inspiration. You amaze me with your art. Thanks for sharing.

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Karen, I found you through How Sweet the Sound... This is the loveliest post ever... The paintings you did for your daughters are wonderful... And I have to say, your description of revisiting childhood storybooks along with your Danny Elfman music (who I love) made me misty-eyed... I share your apparent love of childhood stories :) Wonderful post!! Happy Pink Saturday!

Joy said...

Wow, what a unique and beautiful painting style you have. Your post reminded me of a favorite lamb that I had for many years. No idea what happened to it. Wish I still had it!

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Happy pink saturday! what a nice pink paintings! are so cute! I love your work in Bev´s Blog, congrat!
your watercolors are great! I love it!
visit me anytime...



Katherinellen said...

It's beautiful! You are very talented...LOvely Post....Happy Pink Saturday! Katherinellen

dana said...

What lucky girls to have a talented and sentimental mom! Loved your post and your wonderful artwork. Dana

Suzie Button said...

Your pink bunny is wonderful! You're so talented, what a wonderful way to preserve your girls' childhood memories. Thanks for sharing this! Happy Pink Saturday!

Margie said...

What sweet *pink* bunnies! How wonderful that you can create such lovely paintings to stir up sweet childhood memories for your daughters!

M.Kate said...

so cute Karen...I've got 5 bunnies at home, you have all the cuteness in bunnies..minus poop cleaning of course :D

KatCollects said...

I love the bunny paintings. We have 5 pet bunnies, so precious. Happy Pink Saturday!

. said...

Lovely bunnies.

Tracie~MPMaison said...

Had to leave one more comment - I love your blog and your paintings. Painting with tea, what a great idea. Darling sweet bunny you've created.

Happy day ;)

Beverly said...

Your artwork and your blog are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing!