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How a Disney character alphabet brought Chelsea millions of TikTok views

A Peterborough TikToker has earned millions of views with her Disney character paintings.
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Some well-loved Disney characters are painted in the TikTok videos

Chelsea Foster, 25, decided to download TikTok for the same reason thousands of others did: she came across some funny, creative videos and wanted to see what else it had to offer.

It didn't take long before she was hooked, finding a lot to enjoy in the many different sides of the app. She said: "I find it entertaining, but also educational. There's such a huge variety to watch that you could easily learn a thing or two.

"But at the same time you can also watch content that will make you laugh, give you ideas and at times even connect with friends or family or different parts of the world."

She began by posting a few videos of projects she made for her small business, but said that she "never really took TikTok too seriously" and just liked how fun they were to make.

But a recent series of videos has seen Chelsea get more than 263,000 likes on the app - and it all started with a charity shop find.

After buying a children's abacus at a charity shop for £1.99, she decided to repaint it with a Disney character alphabet - and got 1.2m views for the first video alone.

From Arlo (of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur) to Dory (from Finding Nemo) to Aladdin's Genie, Chelsea has been taking requests from viewers to help her pick the characters.

Speaking about her art background, Chelsea said: "I chose GCSE art and I also started A-level art but decided to drop out halfway through the course and pursue something else. 

"Though I feel like I did learn different artistic techniques through this education I think most of my artistic skill comes from teaching myself. 

"I would draw things all the time, as far back as I can remember. I'd always be doodling or painting something.

"And as a child, my mum painted 101 Dalmations on my wall - it was there for years, and I would look at it every night wishing I could create something so beautiful!"

The latest abacus update takes Chelsea's TikTok series up to N (for Nala) so she's over halfway through, but she has plans to continue sharing videos even when she's drawn character Z (for Zazu, perhaps, or Emperor Zurg).

She continued: "It would be great to keeping growing my followers and receiving positive comments. 

"I want my Tiktok to be a positive place where families can enjoy my videos.

"So many of my videos show items I found from charity shops or markets for mere pounds, turned into something unique and beautiful with a bit of paint, patience and perseverance! 

"I love to share my crazy ideas and progress with people and I hope I continue to intrigue and please those that choose to follow along with me."

Chelsea runs a small business where she makes personalised pieces of art, from time out chairs to pet portraits. She can be found on Facebook at Anita's Unique Art Boutique.