Mixed Media Bug Person!
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Live and Free*: Nov. 15-17, 2021
from 11:00am-2pm EDT
(8-11am PT, 9-12pm MT, 10-1pm CT,
4-7pm GMT, 5-8pm BST)
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...
About The Instructor
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.