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November 16th, 2020 Artists of the Week



Good evening, Beartarian Artists! This week we have a very unique gallery for you. Photography, Digital Illusion, Traditional Painting, 3D art, as well as Logo work are all included in this diverse gallery. Please check out the artist work as well as their links and show these talented Beartarians some support

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Below are November 2nd, 2020 Artists of the week!

Elmer Laahne

Elmer’s Insatgram  |  Elmer’s Facebook | Elmer’s Website

All «Bears» will get 50% discount on all artworkpurchases !

Born on the 3rd of February 1969, in Norway`s oldest city, the Viking town of Toensberg. I got seriously hooked on photography around the tender age of 13. At the time I constantly borrowed my father´s Canon A1 camera, as he was piloting people around the world. 10 years later I was the one flying all over the globe, not as a pilot….but with my cameras..My quest as a word wide traveling photographer has been to document the injustice towards people and cultures.

I have been a professional freelance tv camera man for 27 years. Travelling world wide, mostly in central and southern America, Africa and Asia. For Norwegian and international broadcast stations. I am named after my American god father, Elmer Merredith from the small town of West Liberty, in Iowa state. I have great love for America. 

My father, had many good friends in the US. So I visited the US allot in my younger years with him and my mother. Being a photographer, an artist, and with much media experience, maybe it was not so strange that I woke up hard a few years after the 911 events in America. My father was retired as a pilot at that time, and actually he woke up to the falsehood of 911 before me. 

We had great bonding and conversations with him about all things in this world. Sadly I lost him to cancer in 2007. After my awakening, my side project, photo art, took a different turn all together. I lost many friends talking about world events, every body in this movement of truth, have the same experience. To be frozen out, is both a blessing and a curse. I could never turn back to the “Disneyland” view of the world again. Pandoras box was opened. I started blogging in 2005. Both in Norwegian, and English. I met some new friends in the movement. But felt like an outsider in society, witch I never was when I was younger. Becoming a hermit of sorts..

My artworks are mostly landscapes. But in later years I have come to create more satirical works, trying to make social commentary, and sometimes bring humor into some of my works. Allot of works goes into creating my composite artworks, I always use organic elements into those works. Some works takes weeks or even longer to finish. I also have received quite a number of photo awards internationally for some of my works.

My wife and I moved to Thailand 3 years ago. We have a humble house on an island. My wife grows food, several places on the island. And in our own garden. We have been listening to Owen Benjamin for 5 years now. It has been so inspiring, and eye opening. Life changing for sure. My wife she goes under the name “NorwegianExpatBear”.


Ivan’s Insatgram  |  Ivan’s Youtube

Hi Bears… My name is Ivan, Croat living in Cologne – Germany, married and crushing.
I’m doing 3D animations, 3D modelling and graphics as a hobby, for now.

Discovering of flat earth changed my life, through FE I discovered Owen and idea of Beartaria, which I think is the solution to most of the problems of modern man. This is base of my 3D art, and this community is where I want to be.

Thank you, God bless.

Ula Trudnos

Ula’s Website

I love what you guys are doing and would like to become part of the community and contribute.

Molly Mattin

Molly’s Instagram | Molly’s Etsy

I’m a Central Ohio artist creating when I have the time. Loving life. Waking up. (Big thanks to my son and a shout out to BB). I dabble in illustration, sculpture, paint…whatever I can get my hands on. Thanks for the inspiration! You are a breath of fresh (unfiltered and unmasked) air. 

Thank you to all the artists who sent in their work!

Contine to send in your amazing art and continue to seek the Good, the Beautiful, and the True. Onward to Beartaria!

You can find out more about the Artists of the Week here.


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Announcement: Beartaria Times National Festival Poster Contest

We want to announce a fun and friendly contest for a poster design for our National Festival this year.



Calling All Artists!

We want to announce a fun and friendly contest hosted by BudBear, for a poster design for the Beartaria Times National Festival this year.

BudBear will accept submissions until August 24th.

Twelve finalists will be selected, and their designs will be printed and sold at the festival. Whoever sells out of 100 copies or sells the most by the end of the festival will be the grand prize winner with bragging rights and could allegedly receive a copy of their design signed by the Big Bear himself.

Designs should be digital renderings, 12×18 inches vertical, and 300 dpi. As always, please keep it to the clean and family-friendly standards of The Beartaria Times Community.

All proceeds will be donated to Beartaria Ozark Campground at

Poster designs can be submitted to for consideration.

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Too Many Mittens

My mom has always loved seeing her children be creative, so she was thrilled when I showed interest in learning how to make mittens. So, in 2016, she taught me how to make wool sweater mittens.



By: Charity (@trailerparkgirl on BTA)

My mom started making wool sweater mittens sometime around 2014. She got the idea from visiting a local Mennonite-owned store. She found patterns online and started out just making them for the family. We’re a family of ten, so there are plenty of us to make mittens for.

In 2015, at eighteen, I became her right-hand businesswoman and began photographing her mittens and selling them on Etsy. My younger sister, Madeline, drew the mitten in the shop logo.

My mom called her shop “Too Many Mittens.” She may or may not have gotten the idea for the name from the 1958 children’s book “Too Many Mittens.”

It’s one of a few books she remembers from her childhood. My mom grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the story takes place in Michigan. 

My mom has always loved seeing her children be creative, so she was thrilled when I showed interest in learning how to make mittens. So, in 2016, she taught me how to make wool sweater mittens. I found them to be pretty simple to make. Very fun, too. I already had some experience with sewing, so it didn’t take long to get the hang of mitten-making. The excitement of pairing different wool sweater fabrics together and adding cool buttons to the cuffs was enough to get me hooked.

We make the mittens out of wool sweaters from thrift shops. And we line the mittens with fleece. My mom and I have had a blast sifting through thrift shop clothes racks in search of funky wool sweaters. We’ve gone through hundreds of wool sweaters in the past several years. Sometimes I see a sweater that I love so much that I’m tempted to keep it for myself to wear. But then I think, “Nah, that’ll make some really cool mittens.”

A few years ago, I invested in an embroidery sewing machine and lots of machine-embroidery thread. It’s been lots of fun to play around with different designs on mittens. They really give mittens extra character. The machine was definitely worth it. And it was fairly affordable. I use a Brother SE625. 

Now, in 2022, my mom is far too busy for making mittens. She’s focused on helping raise some of her grandchildren. So, my mom decided to let me take over Too Many Mittens. I’m planning on adding other handcrafted goods to our shop in the future, like cold-process soap. I’ve been playing around with soap-making since 2018. I’m currently working on perfecting recipes. My goal is to have soap available by Spring 2023. I’m even trying to get my younger sister to design the labels for the soap. After all, it is tradition. 

One day, I hope my mom will have some extra time on her hands so that she can get back into making mittens. She really enjoyed it, just like I do. Together, we have sold over 350 pairs of mittens. I’m grateful for the time we’ve been able to bond because of our mutual love of mitten-making. If I ever have a daughter of my own, I plan to teach her how to make wool sweater mittens and so many other wonderful things.

Visit my Etsy shop, Too Many Mittens, Here!

Bears get 15% off with the code: TRAILERPARKGIRL

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A Pointed Pen Calligraphy Tutorial

The fun thing about calligraphy is that there are many scripts, many pens, and many styles to learn.



By: Snow White Bear

Pointed pens have pointed tips. They come in straight and oblique holders.

Some pens can do both. Choose whichever is more comfortable.

First, clean your nib by putting it in your mouth for a few seconds (older calligraphers still do this), or get a potato from your garden and stick all your nibs in it (a minute should be enough, but some do this overnight) or my favorite using up all the unnatural toothpaste the dentist gives you to clean your nibs. If you skip this step, I’ll get a message from you saying, “Snow White Bear, I tried to write, but the ink won’t come out.”  For ink, any calligraphy ink will work. Thinner ink is easier to work with; slowly add distilled or filtered water. Walnut ink can be made at home or bought and is easy to work with. Iron gall ink is tremendous but slowly eats at the nib. “Dinky dips” are popular for pouring ink in.

Don’t use printer paper.  Any paper that is 32lbs or more (Hp 32lbs is popular) and smooth will work. Some like resume paper even though it has a slight texture. I print calligraphy guidelines I find online on these papers then I’m ready to practice.

Pointed pens are great at Copperplate script. Here are the basic strokes: 

Always write using guidelines. Traditionally Copperplate is written at 55 degrees. Practice the basic strokes until you can do them at least 80% consistently. Now it’s time to move on to letters. Letters are made up of basic strokes. The basic strokes usually group the letters they are composed of. 

Practice and practice writing letters and practice writing them slowly. You know when you’re going too fast when your pen keeps scratching or skipping on the page. Clean your pen with water and a paper towel every once in a while when writing after letters are mastered, and practice many words with attention to letter connections (I’ve seen this be a whole course) and spacing. Traditionally calligraphers are taught to practice pangrams like “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Writing long phrases can help master spacing and words more quickly. Next, majuscules and capital letters are learned, and unfortunately, they use different basic strokes and spacing than the minuscules or lower cases letters.

There are other scripts one can write with a pointed pen. Spencerian, a script invented in America by Platt Rogers Spencer, is the second most popular. My favorites are Engrosser Script, Italian Hand, and Open-Shaded Script. 

Modern calligraphy is based on traditional calligraphy but stylized differently. Although you don’t have to learn traditional calligraphy first, many calligraphers recommend it. What’s fun about modern is that after you practice hard and learn the rules, you make your own style. 

The fun thing about calligraphy is that they are many scripts, many pens, and many styles to learn. I only mentioned a few. It’s technical art that is limitless, and you keep improving your script every time you practice. 

My favorite calligraphy resources:

Traditional calligraphy online lessons:

Dreaming in Script by David Grimes has free lessons

Modern calligraphy online lessons:

The happy ever crafter on youtube

Calligraphy supplies:

Join your local Calligraphy guild.

-Snow White Bear

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