Contest: Artsy-Craftsy!

Capybara made from potatoes, raisins, toothpicks and clay

I am convinced that my new home is an insane asylum and that Melly is the patient/inmate. She decided that we need to have a contest to promote the new capybara puzzles (virtually all featuring Caplin Rous, one featuring Dobby Winnick and NONE featuring me). I can go along with that. It’s a good cause, The ROUS Foundation, and I think arts and crafts is a fun kind of contest.

But then Melly decided that she had to make one herself to kind-of show people what to do. ZOMG! Do you see that thing she made? People! People! Please do not base your entries on that. As soon as I can I am going to mash that thing under my paws. Then Melly had the nerve to say that her crafty capybara was me because it is not cute enough to be Caplin! I admit it is not cute enough to be Caplin but it is also not cute enough to be me! It isn’t cute enough to be ANY capybara! Even the least cute capybara is infinitely cuter than that.

Okay, okay. I have to calm down. Breathe. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.

I’m better now.

So let’s talk about the contest. Here are the rules:

  • Anyone can enter with as many entries as you like
  • Entry must depict one or more capybara but can be abstract or partial
  • Send your best photo of your entry to caplinrous at gmail dot com
  • Tell me a little something about your entry, like what it’s made of or what’s special about it
  • Be sure to put your age group:
    • 0-9
    • 10-15
    • 16-infinity
  • Get your entries in before midnight central time on March 19th!
  • I will post your entries in this blog post
  • Viewers vote on their favorites from March 19th through March 26th.


Winners get to choose between:

The highest scoring entry gets to choose a prize first, then the next and so forth until all prizes are selected.

Some ideas: paintings, models, mobiles, panoramas, paper mache, collages, snow ‘baras, costumes.

Remember, your entry can’t be any worse than this!


Winners are:

1st: #17 Capycoppy by Emma
2nd: #21 Capybara Picnic by India
3rd: #7 Capybara’s Meal by Agnes
4th: #1 Dobby by Sonya
5th: #11 Baby Gari by Morgan
6th: #18 Capy Skater by Alena
7th: #13 If Gari Ruled the World by Saul

I will contact each of you via email so that you can select your prizes.



Entry #1: Dobby Winnick by Sonya (16 to infinity)

Entry #2: gouache painting of a capy on an antique book page by Sonya

Entry #3: Strange Days (featuring Garibaldi Rous) by Kimberly (16 to infinity)

Entry #4: Dobby Paper Doll by Stacy Winnick (16 to infinity)

Entry #5: Made from scanned images of junk around the house by Dave (16 - infinity)

Entry #6: Pop Art Gari by Lelani (16 - infinity)

Entry #7: Capybara's Meal, pen drawing by Agnes (16-infinity)

Entry #8 (sort of): Chainsaw on wood from Mahia (but not created by her so not eligible to win)

Entry #9: Capy Cave Art, charcoal on slate, by Milena (age 10-15)

Entry #10: Top Cap, Needle Felted Capybara by Milena (age 10-15)

Entry #11: Baby Gari, needle-felted capybara, by Morgan (age 10-15)

Entry 12: Wild capybara with bandana, crayon on paper, by Vickie (age 16 - infinity)

Entry #13: Inspired by video "What Feet Are For" by Saul (16 - infinity)

Entry #14: Capybara in the Grass, clay, grass and jar lid, by Jenni (16 - infinity)

Entry #15: Fuzzy Capycoppy, modeling clay with excelsior, by Shari (16 - infinity)

Entry #16: Going for a Swim, photographic manipulation using GIMP, by Ladislav (16 - infinity)

Entry #17: Capycoppy, pencil on paper, Emma (0 - 9)

Entry #18: Capy Skater, ink on paper, Alena (16 - infinity)

Entry #19: Wild Capys (in memory of Caplin), cross stitch, by Pauline (16 - infinity)

Entry 20: Sitting Capybara by Christine

Entry #21: Capybara Picnic, polymer clay, India (16 - infinity)

Entry #22: Hill of Grass, chalk, crayon, sharpie on cardboard, by Carl (16 - infinity)

Entry #23: Swimming family, chalk, crayon, sharpie on cardboard, by Carl (16 - infinity)

Entry #24: Formal Capy, chalk, crayon, sharpie on cardboard, by Carl (16 - infinity)

Entry #25: Rainbow capy, chalk on cardboard, by Carl (16 - infinity)

Entry #26: Kapi-stack, chalk, crayon, sharpie on cardboard, by Carl (16 - infinity)

Entry #27: Gari in Bed, chalk, crayon, sharpie on cardboard, by Carl (16 - infinity)

Entry #28: Save Japan, chalk, crayon, sharpie on cardboard, by Carl (16 - infinity)

38 comments to Contest: Artsy-Craftsy!

  • Kristy Ogden

    Looking at the capy from the front view…he is kinda cute! πŸ™‚

  • Kathy

    I agree. I think the capybara in the bottom photo is cute! πŸ™‚

  • I could eat that entry. Maybe not the toothpicks.

  • rosenatti


    As a matter of fact, I’ve often compared guinea pigs to potatoes with feet. I now realize my mistake. Right species, wrong animal.

  • francine

    I think of gpigs as eggplant with feet…

  • Catherine

    We’re in!

  • Tracy Graber

    Actually, your example here DOES have a certain cappy charm……

  • Alena Loiselle

    Try as I might, I can’t find a potato.

  • I love PotatoCapy-san!

  • Heidi

    Dear Gari. Tomorrow is your birthday!! Happy Birthday sweet boy!!

    I hope you get lots of blueberries and maybe even some yogurt for a special treat.

    You have been adopted by a wonderful and loving family. May you have lots of exciting adventures.

  • lynn Marcotte

    I think these are all fabulous!!!
    But I don’t see any potato-capy that others are talking about!!!

  • Garibaldi Rous

    The orange one that Melly made is made from potatoes covered with clay.

  • Kathy

    Those are all fantastic!

  • Joann

    I agree with Kathy…they all have their own charm! Great!

  • lynn Marcotte

    OH! OK got it Gari! Sample you is the potato!!
    Wow last one really good too (Hungry hungry Capybara)
    I am really impressed!
    Even though few entries so far, choosing will be difficult!

  • Kristy Ogden

    We have some really good capy-bara loving artists here!

  • Milena C.

    Hey, I sent in two entries last Sunday and they are not up. Does anyone know when more entries will be posted?

  • Needlefelting! I love it! I am a (very) beginning Needle Felter so I don’t know that I will embarrass myself by doing so in public, but I now totally want to try a Needle Felting of a Capy!

  • Alena Loiselle

    What a great bunch of entres!

  • Alena Loiselle


  • Jennifer

    I love #16 and the man who created it <3

  • Shari Kaplan

    It will be VERY hard to vote when the time comes! πŸ™‚ Everyone’s entries are so creative, yet so different, and all so cool! I’m looking forward to voting, tho it’ll be a challenge. And I do *not* plan to vote for my own entry, because it’s definitely not among the better ones. :”> hehee (I mainly entered for the pure fun of it)

    Shari in San Jose

    P.S. If I’ve time today, I’ll go to my P.O. Box and pick up my Caplin Reading puzzle. I can’t wait to put it together! πŸ™‚

  • Vickie

    Your cross stitch is just beautiful!!!!

  • Loretta

    Will definitely be difficult to choose winners…some very creative and outstanding entries here! Some just made me chuckle out loud as they capture the essence and fun of a capy!

  • lynn Marcotte

    Wow this is going to be very hard!!!!
    The one w/Coral is quite funny!
    BUT LOVE them ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you Vickie:-)

    I agree with you all. It is going to be so hard to choose/vote. Such imagination and talent out there.

  • Joann

    I agree…I don’t know how to choose. Each is great in its own way. What inspirations you are, Gari and Caplin.

  • Adrienne Suarez

    I vote for #27 (Gari in Bed). Love the colors! Love the languid pose.

  • theresa

    I think it is going to be difficult for the judges to decide on which entry will be the best. They are all absolutely beautiful and so diverse. It is amazing what different individuals come up with. I think the next thing you will have to sell for your non-profit are greeting cards with some of these images on them. I am sure people would like to buy those!!!

  • Kathryn

    Excellent job everyone. I didn’t get a chance to enter so I’m waiting for the next contest. Maybe a poetry contest????

  • Kathy

    I can’t select one; they are all beyond excellent! I declare them all “winners”. πŸ™‚

  • Amy E. Dixon

    WOW! I’m so impressed! These are really great! πŸ˜€ Capy fans are very talented.

  • Bonnie Vollbeer

    This is such a unique, eclectic collection of Cappy-Art. I do not envy the decision maker(s) at all! Fortunately for everyone, I am not one teeny, tiny bit artistic. People who know me say I couldn’t “draw myself out of a paper bag “. They are right….
    Good luck to all entrants. I wish you well.

  • Christie Y.

    These are all really fantastic!! I wish I could have participated, but I just had hand surgery. Booo! I am impressed by all the artsy talent out there. Great work capy-artists! πŸ˜€

  • lynn Marcotte

    This was the best contest EVER! So much talent but so far I see my choice winning…GO EMMA!!! #17!!

  • Erica

    #20 would make a great t-shirt design to sell for the foundation πŸ™‚

  • Teresa Moore

    They’re all beautiful–I can’t just choose two!

  • Alena Loiselle

    That was fun. AGAIN!!!!

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