Oklahoma friends! Last call to join us at @chirpsandcheers (OKC) this Saturday from 10:30-1:30 for an artful needle felting workshop. You’ll learn techniques for creating your own fiber art via Painting With Wool. It’s definitely not as hard as it sounds. In fact, most students are surprised how easy these techniques are!
All supplies are provided, plus you take home your own kit so you can continue creating. Oh! And you’ll get access to my online course, too. Lunch, laughs and good company are also included. I’m happy to answer any questions below. Register via my website (www.daniives.com Workshops) or @chirpsandcheers. (: @fancytigercrafts)
For those of you who’ve wanted to take a pet portrait class with me, this is your chance! I’ll be in Austin TX at @livingfelt in May 2018 teaching a 2-day class focusing on felting realistic animal portraits. Space is SUPER limited, and Living Felt has a few different payment options (you can pay full cost, half or layaway). All the details are on their website: livingfelt.com. So excited to teach this class! #paintingwithwool#petportrait
Slowly putting every fiber in its place.Needle felting portraits is not for the impatient. But the wait is well worth the payoff of all those carefully placed needle pokes and composed fibers. #paintingwithwool
Photo 1: What you think I do on the trails. Photo 2: What I actually do on the trails. Finished the sixth hike and around the 20th mile for #Hiketober. I’ll share some of today’s excursion in my stories later.
Friends, I hope you toad-ally enjoy your weekend. What are your plans? I’m chilling out with an IPA currently after a whirlwind trip to MO to teach a middle school class some felting techniques. I also plan on working on a portrait commission and squeezing in a hike or two this weekend.
I really love sharing my hikes and outdoor adventures with you. Check out my stories for a quick trip into the woods. I’m deeming this month #Hiketober and sharing all my hikes in stories. Hiking is a consistent, year-round activity for me, because I NEED it. Give me all the trees and moss and muddy trails. It’s where I reset and refresh and where all my good ideas usually start. Last summer I actually shouted out “Orchard Birds!” as the idea came to me on a trail in the middle of the woods— @brandon__ives can confirm. I can remember the spot on the trail and the feeling I had when the idea came over me. I’m probably always chasing that epiphany sensation. The forest is a great facilitator for that, so you can find me there.
Long post ahead: I got uncomfortable and took a baby step into human portraiture this weekend. (A huge thanks to @madgenius74 and his senior art class for the challenge and encouragement.) Even though I feel more proficient at needle felting than painting, I first tried this eye in watercolor. I think I did this because it gave me an out. If I didn’t feel like I did a good enough job, it would be because of the medium. I realize now, that was a slippery slope. What if I hated the first try and then never gave wool a chance. So silly. But, at least that’s not what happened, because I loved my eye painting. And even though I still felt resistance to trying it in wool, I dove in. I did my best with what feels like a finite color palette (compared to paint anyway), and I’m pretty damn happy with the result. It’s not perfect, and practice will only help me improve. If you scroll through, you’ll see the wool and watercolor version up close, and then my blurry reference photo next to the watercolor eye. It’s taken me a LONG time to take this baby step, and I love the prospect (and potential rewards) of taking some bigger steps out of my norm and getting REAL uncomfortable. You in? #paintingwithwool
Needle felting is so meditative and relaxing. The methodical process of gathering fibers and repetitively poking them into a fabric (or angrily stabbing of you’re upset) can be so therapeutic. If you want to learn, I have a couple in-person workshops soon (Oct 14-Springfield MO and Oct 21-OKC) AND I have an online e-course if you can’t make it to a workshop. The e-course is led by instructional videos that you can watch from the comfort of your home as many times as you’d like. All the deets for workshops and e-courses on my website.
The theme for this commissioned piece was “more is more.” Loved the process of letting this come together more organically than usual. I roughly sketched out an idea before starting, but I let the colors and texture guide my needles. I’m curious, what would you title this piece? #paintingwithwool
I just released another round of portrait commissions, and it sold out in 1 minute. There are a few things I’d like to share with you about this: First of all, thank you so so much. And even though I’ve done this many times now, I get nervous EVERY time—heart pounding, while counting down the seconds with those of you who are waiting. I also want you to know that I feel your frustrations when you don’t get the portrait spot you’ve been waiting for. I always do my best to squeeze in a few extra before the next big release. I’ll be responding to your inquiries shortly. Be patient with me, friends.
Another day well spent at @rockynps!! Enjoy these videos of a bit of our drive on the Trail Ridge Road, some of which is over 12k feet in elevation! I've got more hiking to share in stories, too! I hear from so many of you how much you enjoy the hikes, and I'm so HAPPY to share them. And if they're not your thing, just swipe on by.
Last night, we drove into a dark, drizzly and cloudy Estes Park. This morning we awoke to a completely different view. This landscape is unbelievable. Jaw dropping at every turn. We got lucky and the forecasted rain and snow didn't come today, so we squeezed as much time as we could at @rockynps. Let me just save you the trouble---don't bother visiting this park. The scenery wasn't beautiful, the wildlife wasn't interested in showing itself, and you'll basically have a terrible time. Obviously, I'm kidding. Thanks @nationalparkservice for all you do. I have more photos and videos to share on stories, which I'll do after I recover from our 6 mile hike at 1 million feet in elevation.
The calm before the most magical, colorful, fluffy storm. My workshop today at @fancytigercrafts was filled with so much creativity and kind hearts. It was an absolute joy to lead this group into the world of painting with wool. PS: If you are into fiber arts and find yourself in Denver, go to @fancytigercrafts! You will not be disappointed by this amazing shop filled with amazing people! #paintingwithwool
Very much looking forward to teaching a workshop tomorrow at @fancytigercrafts! Leading creative workshops is my jam--I love seeing others light up with discovery as they explore a new artistic medium. But today is reserved for a little play--exploring Denver and seeing our favorite @manchesterorchestra tonight (who by happy coincidence is in the same town)! #fiberartist
Such a sweet face. You guys, I love my job. And this community is the best. Your support, your love, your words of encouragement mean everything to me and the other artists and makers you follow. I can't thank you enough.
Here's that recent Boston terrier portrait all hooped up.I'm trying to get a week's worth of work done in three days before we leave for Colorado. But I can't wait to meet new felting friends at @fancytigercrafts this weekend! We're gonna felt all the things!
I'd love to start introducing you to some of my favorite artists and people here on IG. To kick off this Monday, here are four ridiculously amazing artists that I adore (tap photo). Please go have a look at their work and enjoy! Happy Monday!