Painting with Wool: Realistic Animal Portraits
2-day Needle Felting Workshop with Dani Ives
Call us with questions 1- 877-665-5790
Date: May 18th-19th FRI, SAT
Time: 9am- 4pm Friday & Saturday
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737
Materials Fee: $0
Includes wool, wool felt fabric, embroidery hoop, all supplies and use of shop tools such as felting needles and foam.
Students will work with Living Felt brand fibers including our CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Felting Batts, New Zealand Corriedale, Alpaca and other fibers.
Painting with Wool: Felting Realistic Animal Portraits
Come learn how to needle felt realistic two-dimensional animal
portraits with fiber artist, Dani Ives. You’ll
learn the entire process of creating a needle felted animal portrait. We’ll
chat about selecting and assessing an image, methods of transfer, and use of
color to mimic lighting and texture.
You’ll learn about adding key details and techniques to emphasize
realism and make your portraits pop.
Dani will be offering detailed demonstrations and tons of individual
-Assessing an image for a portrait: how to study an image to
determine what colors to use in order to portray the light and shadows and how
to work with bone structure and fur (or feathers/scales/skin)
-Transferring Image: either reversed with transfer pen, or
poke and connect dots
-Eyes: Demonstration, order of pieces, tricks to make them
-Nose: Order of pieces, demo
-Color blending, working dark to light, bottom layer to top
-Fur textures: short, shiny, long (Other animal covering
textures as needed)
-Sharp lines, cleaning up edges, outlines for drama
What to Bring:
- We will email you a handout with guidance from Dani of selecting, sizing and printing reference photos. *You will need to bring prints.
- It can be especially helpful to find images that capture an "expression" that you want to achieve in our doll's face
- Food/ Snacks --( Coffee, tea and some snacks provided -- we will order lunch)
- We have a refrigerator, toaster oven, and an awesome popcorn machine!
About the Instructor:
Dani Ives is a self-taught fiber artist and founder of Good Natured Art. Her inspiration comes from a love of nature and science, which has an enormous influence on her work. Her enthusiasm for animals from an early age took her on a university and career path based in biology and conservation education, after which Dani worked as an educator at a zoo for ten years. During her conservation education career, she sought out hobbies to fulfill a need for artistic endeavors and stumbled upon needle felting. Over the course of a few years, Dani developed her distinct style of needle felting that she calls "painting with wool." With this style, instead of using paint and a brush, she uses wool fibers and a felting needle to create the effects of layering color, creating texture and depth. She strives to push the boundaries of this fiber art by creating animal portraits and botanical pieces that are packed with details and realism.
Dani has taught hundreds of students in workshops across the United States and internationally, including a six-week course at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She really enjoys teaching others how to create their own needle felted "paintings" and loves to see students discover the endless possibilities of working in fiber arts. She is currently based in Northwest Arkansas.
Dani's work has been featured on MarthaStewart.com, "O" The Oprah Magazine, Arkansas Life, Bored Panda and Others.
Dani often works with Living Felt MC-1 Wool and we are honored to bring her to Austin, Texas for two incredible days of painting with wool!
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