Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Felt Alive Needle Felting Class!

Yesterday was the official launch of my new online needle felting class. It's called The Magic of Faces - Unleashing the secrets of needle felting expressive faces!

Create a unique and expressive face that is full of character and charm. These simple techniques can be repeated over and over, never making the same face twice. You will learn about basic facial anatomy and how to construct and connect the various parts of a face.

A Fab Work in Progress
The Possibilities are Endless!

Since I came out with my original Felt Alive class, I have gotten many requests for a class specifically on faces. So, I decided to elaborate on the lesson from my Felt Alive class - The Magic of Faces - and offer it as a stand alone class.

I'm certain my new class will be of value to skilled needle felt artists that may simply want to learn a few new tricks! And it has already proven itself to be appropriate for beginning needle felters; as so many of my Felt Alive students had never needle felted before enrolling in my class. Their creations, especially the faces are amazing! So I think it's a great introductory to soft-sculptural needle felting as well.

I think all students will learn many of the basic principles of soft-sculptural needle felting techniques. I also think it's a great way to test the waters for those who haven't decided if a complicated online class project is right for them. And for those that just can't get enough and must go on to create a lifelike body, I will offer a discounted upgrade deal for the entire Felt Alive class to my Magic of Faces Students.

And I have tons of videos in this class! You can see the details here - http://www.feltalive.com/magicfacesclass.htm

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Photographing My Work

I have been up against a challenge ever since I started needle felting of learning how to capture my work in the best light. I am finding that nearly as much as I love creating needle felted characters, I love taking pictures of them. My favorite lighting is natural lighting and my favorite backdrop is my gorgeous Alaskan scenery but I feel it is important to get several excellent, high-res shots of each piece in a controlled studio setting. But how?? So, like most things I'm curious about, I turned to the internet. After much research, I finally have a solution. It is called a light box or a light tent.

My Light Box in Action

My nephew made mine out of PVC conduit and unions. It comes apart for easy storage. I just have a plain white sheet to drape over the top - this filters the light - and I purchased a Flotone photographic backdrop that graduates from black to white. I use this as a sweep and stand my work right on the backdrop - this gives a seamless, wrinkle-free background. I think it gives professional look to my photos. Beside that - I have two 300 watt clamp lights to shine light in from either side to control or even eliminate shadows.

My Light Box Unveiled

Light Box

Here is a photo of one of my dolls, Evelyn making her debut in the light box.
Evelyn in the New Light Box
And in this photo - I didn't even need to turn on my lighting - I have a nice, bright studio and this was taken on a lovely, sunny day.