For the Mystic Path room box I have been working on, the plan has always been for there to be a cat in the fortune tellers room watching the mysterious happenings going on. You know how cats are, always wanting to put their noses in where they don't belong.
When I was in Chicago for the Bishop International Show, I picked up a small plastic cat that has the perfect pose. He looked curious, but hesitant. One paw in the air as he pondered what to do next. The problem was, he was a black and white cat and the colors just didn't seem to suit the room I was working on. I bought some flocking and went to work.
Here is what he looked like before I got started. Bad picture, but you get the idea. As cute as this little fella was, he just wasn't right and needed a makeover.
First thing I did was paint him the way I wanted him. I wanted an almost entirely black cat with just a small white diamond on his forehead. So after a few minutes, I had a beautiful black painted plastic cat. Now he needed some fur. Even in dim light, you can tell if something is molded plastic or fuzzy. My kitty had to have hair.
Out came the flocking. Knowing that he was going to be black and white that is all I bought. Lady Bug at the show told me that instead of using glue to attach the flock, it was better to use paint. WOW! I never would have thought of that and she was totally correct. Working in stages, starting at the tail, I slowly painted sections of the cat and applied the flocking using a small paint brush. After a couple hours I had a new kitty and he sure seems happy with his new look. On top of everything I have a small dusting of black flocking around my kitchen now.
Now sure what is worse to pick up....cat hair or flocking.
Oh, and the use for the cat hair? Well take a close look and you'll see that our little friend has a new set of whiskers! Yep, gathered a few hairs, cut them into pieces and applied them one at a time onto his little face with some glue.