Shinkō ©

(Faith) Moth

Online Course 

With Leslie O'Leary

Starts May 3, 2022

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When I first design Shinkō, I was in a place of regaining and rediscovering my own art and now the full wings have come out. With that, I felt it so very necessary for Shinkō to have updated “full out” wings!

As many of you may know, my art is not only about the beautiful techniques but also of the symbolism. I love the Moth for she has great faith in all around her and most importantly…in herself!

The Moth never questions provision.

She has complete faith that all of her needs will be met.

In this updated workshop, I will not only be discussing various techniques but also my philosophy and symbolism to add another “layer” to your experience with me. I will show you how to create needlesculpt her face insetting eyes that we will hand paint. Her face, neck, and arms will be softly variegated using various paints with brush techniques.

To compliment her painted body, we will coordinate together beautiful fabrics of your choice! This is a wonderful time to use those favorite fabrics that we all have been saving for that precious project! Her new “full out” wings hold many techniques, including reverse and regular Appliqué. I will also share with you my signature topstitching found in many of my original pieces! We will finish her wings with delicate hand-sewn top stitching.

This workshop is best suited for intermediate-advanced-master doll makers.

I am excited to bring this art piece to you!

Educational Presentation Video: 

What's your Color?  Video Presentation

Lesson Plan:

Lesson One:  “What’s your Color?” Video Presentation

Exploring the different types and colors of moths to help you choose your color palette for your own Shinkō.

Lesson Two:  Getting Prepared ~ Inspiration ~ Supplies in Detail

Lesson Three: Inspiration ~ Piecing, Sewing & Stuffing the Body

Lesson Four: Inspiration ~ Needle sculpting ~ Eye Details ~ Adding Head

Lesson Five: Painting Body ~ Painting Face

Lesson Six: Costume

Lesson Seven: Wings: Sewing and Appliqué 

Lesson Eight: Wings: Machine and Hand Top-Stitching

Lesson Nine: Final Details

Private Facebook Group for comments, discussions, progress pictures and questions

"If you’ve never taken an online doll making class…. And you’ve wanted to… I highly highly recommend oh take one with Leslie O'Leary. This will be my fifth class with her. Professional, patient, funny and fun….
Come learn some new skills."

Rosemaire P

I'm Leslie!

You have heard art imitates life. I have found this to be truly so.

I personally went through a very profound transition to land on solid ground where I found another path leading me onwards. I have discovered this IS life….this is growth.

This has also been expressed in my art. Now that I look back at my art over the last 3-4 years,  it is very clear where I was in each of my transitional stages. I feel that I have broken free of my binds and cocoon and now am soaring on a continuous flight of discovery! Stay tuned for much new work coming from me! Transcending.


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