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It's time to go on a creative elephant safari to Asia or Africa and create a magnificent elephant yourself from delicate wool using the wet felting technique. It will be completely unique and wild, yet beloved and pocket-sized. Pocket might not be enough though - no one will stop at one.
The Elephant Finger Puppet Livestream Course is an exciting new online learning format. We'll be working together live on air and create amazing creatures!
What is a livestream course?
It is as close as possible to a face-to-face workshop format, it involves working together during the broadcast and a lot of communication. I show you from beginning to end the process of creating elephant finger puppet and you work with me at the same time on your own one. I answer all your questions via chat and help you cope with the work as efficiently as possible.
What do we do on a course?
In this course we will be making an elephant finger puppet in the wet felting technique. This is an interesting project where you can learn a lot: mastering the basics of wet and needle felting, working with a mould (as a bonus I will show you how to turn a finger puppet frog into a solid figurine), creating additional volumetric details, working with shape and decorations, and we will also create movable paws.
This course is a great opportunity to work on your own image of a frog, as there are countless most inspiring models in nature. I encourage you to look at photographs of frogs and choose an inspirational frog model to work with. I will show you how to create a spectacular tree frog with orange legs.
How long is the course, will there be a recordings and is it suitable for beginners?
This is 2-day course with 2 evening sessions. A break between lessons makes it easy to catch up with the group if you fall a little behind. The course is ideal for beginners, but will also be of interest to experienced feltmaker.
I give very detailed instructions, so there is nothing to be afraid of. In addition, you will get the record of the livestream with unlimited access.
Does it take much to get started?
The list of necessary materials and tools for this course is not big, everything can be easily found. I describe everything in great detail in the PDF file and introduction lesson that you receive right after payment, so that you have time to prepare before the course.
The elephant in this course is the finger puppet toy. But we will also get to know the figurine version. To create felted miniatures, you don't need many materials and tools - the toy weighs 5-7 grams of wool only, and of the specific tools you need a ribbed mat from IKEA (or similar), as well as a needle felting needle. These tools must be prepared in advance, but the pleasure of felting is guaranteed! Believe me, I've been felting animals for 13 years, and still enjoy it.
Will I like it?
Such miniature animals are perfect pocket and table companions. Guaranteed to lift your spirits. And in the process of making them as well. Felting such toys is a complex art therapy - there is wool, hand work and wonderful heroes. It's all positive.
What will you learn from this stream course?
- To be brave with wool, felting and wild nature!
- To work with patterns for finger puppets and figurine miniatures;
- To work with different types of wool;
- To lay out wool efficiently and evenly;
- To create volumed parts by using needle felting technic;
- To learn the basic techniques of wet felting in miniature format;
- To shape a beautiful toy’s head and legs;
- To master felting sculpting, creating the right shapes and characteristics of a hero;
- To shrink the project quickly and to make a high quality felt.
How does a stream course work?
After payment, you will get a personal account, which can be accessed by passing a quick registration form on the site.
The streaming of the stream course takes place in your personal account, the record of the course is also stored there.
Before the start of the livestream course, you will receive a reminder to your mail box specified during registration; you will only need to go to your personal account on the website using the password you created during registration.
After payment, you will as well receive a detailed list of what you need and a ready-made pattern for printing - you just need to transfer it to a plastic base and you can start creating a charming toy. Please, check the spam folder in your mailbox, very ofter first emails end up there.
After the broadcast you will get the full record of the livestream, so you can complete your work later, rewatch and make more toys.
Livestream’s record will be stored in your account with unlimited access.
When does the course start?
The course is an evening, two-day course.
ATTENTION! This course is sold as a recoding of the livestream which was on air on 23.08.2022.
The course consists of two sessions. The duration of each broadcast is 3 hours (can be less or more, depends on the speed of participants).
Lesson 1 - August 23 from 19:30 to 22:30 Helsinki time (UTC/GMT+3)
Lesson 2 - August 25 from 19:30 to 22:30 Helsinki time (UTC/GMT+3)
How many toys are we making on the course?
During the broadcast we will make a finished work together - one elephant finger puppet but I will show how to work with different models too. I will show the process of creating the toy from start to finish, and you work in parallel with me. During the course, I answer all your questions about the process in the chat and help you with work. After the course you can always ask me for support in the chat box next to the record’s screen.
What gadgets can I watch the course on?
The stream course can be watched on a computer, tablets, and phones.
I am happy to share all my technics and knowledges for your personal use, but I am against of teaching based on the course materials and making of exact replicas of my work for commercial purposes. The goal of my course is to teach the technology of creating a toy using an example based on my design, so that in the future you can use all technological methods and independently develop as an original author.
Bonus for the review
Post a photo of your elephants with a review on my webpage, and you will get a 10% discount on any learning product.
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