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Mixed Media Bug Person

with Brenda Helfrich

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

  • Course introduction and making the face. Discuss facial proportions and where to place all the features. Tools and materials

Class 2:

  • Making the armature. Adding the neck and shoulders, ears, breasts, etc. Sculpting the body. 

Class 3:

  • Creating the wings. Creating the wires for the wings, painting, and pouring resin for the wings. 

Class 4:

  • Making the hands using flexible clay (so that an armature is not required)

Class 5:

  • Finish the right hand including finger nails. Drill base and bulk out the body with tinfoil sculpting.

Class 6:

  • More bulking, attaching the hands. Preparing the base and cutting out the wings


Class 7:

  • Bulking upper arms, preparing the wings for attachment, wrapping the body using Paverpol and Paver Wrappers. Making the shoes with two part epoxie

Class 8:

  • Making the skirt and sleeves using more Paverpol and tee shirt material and a doily. Covering the body with faux fur and finishing off the edges

Class 9:

  • Adding hair, painting, and putting on the finishing touches


  • Butterfly man and butterfly wings.

About the course

There is no better way to express yourself than through art. After many years of being a “purist” I have discovered the joy of mixed media. In this course I will be showing you techniques for using various media to create a harmonious whole. The final piece will be a quirky, whimsical fantasy figure with design influences from both the human and insect worlds.

In this course I will show:

  • How to make an armature
  • How to sculpt the body shape with tinfoil
  • How to sculpt a face
  • How to sculpt hands
  • How to wrap the body using cotton wrappers and Textile hardener
  • How to cover the body and make hair using faux fur
  • How to make wings
  • How to mount the figure onto a wooden block, make shoes and much more...

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Mixed Media Bug person

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Sculptors, art dolls artists, anyone who loves sculpting or want to start a new hobby or career.

Main objective:
Learn how to sculpt a mixed medai bug person



About the instructor

Brenda Helfrich

I have been an artist for my whole life. For just over eighteen years, I forgot this and became a Mechanical Engineer. This could sound like a long time, but I’m as old as the hills and so it was just a brief meander along that path. It wasn’t really as big a diversion as most people are inclined to think. It is a very creative field too.

Luckily, after too many years in corporate, I was retrenched and I got the chance to devote my time to art once more (that is, when I wasn’t busy home schooling my two gorgeous children and taking care of my menagerie of four snooty rescue cats, a fluffy chinchilla, a cheeky bunny and a cloud like labradoodle). Finally, I was in my element.

Over the years, I have spent countless hours drawing and painting but I realised early on that my real love is for 3 dimensional arts. I have dabbled in cement art, ceramics, woodwork, soft toy making, polymer clay and most recently, textile sculpting. Basically, I think I’m like most creatives. We simply have to try every craft there is and turn it into art.

At the moment, I spend most days grinning from ear to ear and up to my elbows in sticky textile hardener. I make armatures from electrical wire, tinfoil and masking tape. I then use natural fabric saturated with the product and create sculptures. But that’s not all…… There are so many associated products that the possibilities for different finishes and effects are absolutely endless. These sculptures can withstand the weather and spend years in the garden.

I have always loved reading fantasy and it would appear that it translates into much of my art. I have been told on many occasions that my work is very whimsical and that my sense of humour tends to show through. What can I say? What I do makes me happy and I want my art to make you happy too.


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