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Art Toy Creation: Needle Felting Technique

A course by droolwool
Toy Artist. Manchester, United Kingdom.
Joined January 2020
, Toy Artist

Give life to wool sculptures by developing character designs from scratch

  • Best seller Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (141)
  • 3177 students

Give life to wool sculptures by developing character designs from scratch



Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (141)
  • 3177 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 28m)
  • 23 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Have you ever thought about creating your own handmade characters? In the art toy universe, your imagination has no limits. With the help of Maria Filipe Castro, also known as droolwool, you will make small collectible textile sculptures.

In this course, learn step by step how to develop the design of two characters using the needle felting technique. Learn the artist's creative process and the secrets to giving color, texture, and life to your art toy.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Welcome to the delightful world of droolwool and Toy Art textile!
  • U2
    U2. What materials and tools are used for needle felting? How do you develop an idea for an art toy?
  • U3
    U3. And so an art toy full of flavor is born! Carve a strawberry and the ice cream cone
  • U4
    U4. Let's eat ice cream! Sculpt the ice cream, give it a face and complete it with the cone
  • U5
    U5. Beginning of a delicious friendship between a cone ice cream and a strawberry! Finalize the art toy
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin this course by getting to know Maria Filipe Castro's professional career and the artists that most inspire and influence her passion for art toys.

Then, see the materials needed to perform needle felting and how to create a folder of references to inspire your creations. Then, start drawing your first sketches.

It's time to get your hands dirty! Start creating two characters: Ice Cream and Strawberry. First, start sculpting the cone, adding volume and texture, then make the initial structure of the ice cream dough. Finally, give shape to the strawberry, creating its face, with volume and details of the fruit.

To complete the Ice Cream character, learn the technique three-stage gradient. See how to finish your ice cream, attach it to the cone and create a face.

Then, it will be time to join the two characters in a strong embrace. Make the arms of the ice cream and join it with the strawberry.

To finish this course, droolwool gives you advice on finishing and caring for the piece for better preserving your art toy.

What is this course's project?

Using the needle felting technique, create 2 characters (Ice Cream and Strawberry) and give life to a unique art toy.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for all those interested in creating art toys with wool.

For designers, illustrators, character creators, and anyone interested in the world of handicrafts and the creation of handmade products.

Requirements and materials

It is not necessary to have any previous knowledge, as you will see step by step how to create your art toy.

As for materials, you will need wool, felt needles of different sizes, flannel cloth, stiletto, felt sponge, scissors, roller, wood brush, tweezers, pliers, and notebook and pencil for the initial sketch.


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141 Reviews
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A course by droolwool

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María Filipe Castro, also known as droolwool, is a Toy Artist specializing in needle felting. Graduated in Plastic Arts and Sculpture at the University of Porto, in Portugal, droolwool creates art toys from wool, felt, and other textile materials, giving life to colorful and funny characters. Her inspiration comes from the two things she likes most in life: food and nature.

He currently publishes his work in art toy galleries around the world, including Clutter Gallery, Mothership Gallery, and Stranger Factory.


Content

  • U1

    Welcome to the delightful world of droolwool and Toy Art textile!

    • Presentation
    • What will we do in the course?
    • Influences
  • U2

    What materials and tools are used for needle felting? How do you develop an idea for an art toy?

    • Defining the idea and creating the outline
    • References folder
    • Materials and tools we will use
  • U3

    And so an art toy full of flavor is born! Carve a strawberry and the ice cream cone

    • Assemble the ice cream structure and cover with wool
    • Creation of details in the strawberry: mouth, eyes, seeds and leaves
    • Preparation of strawberry structure
    • Add texture to the cone
    • Assemble the cone structure and cover with wool
  • U4

    Let's eat ice cream! Sculpt the ice cream, give it a face and complete it with the cone

    • Create the face of ice cream
    • Joining ice cream and cone
    • Sculpt the top of the ice cream
    • Ice cream: learn to create the gradient effect
  • U5

    Beginning of a delicious friendship between a cone ice cream and a strawberry! Finalize the art toy

    • Finishing and conservation tips
    • Join the two pieces: strawberry and cone ice cream
  • FP

    Final project

    • Art Toy Creation: Needle Felting Technique

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Art Toy Creation: Needle Felting Technique. Craft course by droolwool Best seller

Art Toy Creation: Needle Felting Technique

A course by droolwool
Toy Artist. Manchester, United Kingdom.
Joined January 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (141)
  • 3177 students