Use embroidery as paint and learn to create unique animal portraits
The power of self-management and the idea of being able to materialize all your imaginary in personalized and handmade pieces, is what leads many artists to start in the craft or DIY sector. The embroidery and graphic designer Valentina Castillo, since she was a child, was passionate about being able to create with her own hands, draw, take pictures ... until she found the embroidery, which is a technique in which she gathers all the disciplines she likes. His specialty is the needle painting , a technique with which he is able to portray pets - be they dogs, cats, hedgehogs ... - and pays homage to them.
In this course, Valentina will teach you to portray animals through embroidery as a painting ( needle painting ). You will learn from scratch to use stitches to apply light and shadow, generate textures and choose your color palette. In this way you can portray your own animal or pet to use it as a memory container object, or as an ornament.
About this course
You will meet Valentina, she will tell you about her beginnings in embroidery and how her style is linked to graphic design and her interest in pets. Then, he will share his main influences.
Valentina will explain the materials needed to embroider your pet portrait: types of thread, frame, fabric, scissors ... Then, you will see how to choose the right photograph to embroider, as it will be your guide and color source.
You will learn to draw your pet's portrait - whether with or without a pattern - by looking at two ways of doing it: capturing the colors of your photograph manually or digitally with Adobe Illustrator. Next, you will transfer your pattern to the fabric.
You will translate the chosen colors to the mouliné embroidery threads, seeing tips about the number of colors indicated. Then, you will plan the colors in your pattern to better visualize the portrait.
You will learn to tighten the frame and work step by step, the different areas of the portrait. You will start outlining some features, and then move on to the eyes that will emphasize the personality; then the nose, where you will learn to work the volume.
You will start embroidering the fur, essential to give texture and realism. You will see how to capture each color in layers, making the snout, the forehead, cheeks and ears. Then you will add the mustaches as the last step of embroidery, to finally close and seal your frame with your finished work.
What is this course's project?
You will make an embroidered portrait of an animal, based on a photograph.
Who is it for?
To embroiderers, illustrators, designers, artists or simply, to all those people interested in learning new embroidery techniques.
What you need
No previous knowledge of any kind is necessary, since you will learn the technique from scratch.
As for the materials, you will need a round frame, mouliné threads, needle, embroidery scissors, cotton or linen cloth, pencil for cloth, glue for cloth and felt or lenci cloth.
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Valentina Castillo is a graphic designer and embroiderer. He began embroidering in 2015 in a self-taught way, at first he embroidered his own illustrations of animals since they had always been his main source of inspiration and then, he began embroidering as another form of expression.
After the death of his puppy began to portray pets through embroidery to contain his memory. Since then he has made more than 100 embroidered portraits, whether of dogs, cats, hedgehogs, etc. His specialty in embroidery is needle painting or silk shading .
Performs embroidery workshops in Revesderecho, in order to teach people their own way of understanding embroidery. In 2018, he participated in Makikoart's “I love my dog embroidery” embroidery book, where he embroidered more than 40 dog breeds.