direction selfie Lyric Kinard

playful portriature: making faces

Come spend a playful day learning the secrets of making faces, from whimsical and cartoon-like to accurately proportioned portraits. You will discover that it isn’t nearly as hard as you imagined. Learn very simple formulas and use technology as a tool as you get seriously silly with your selfies.


Class Length: 6 hour format
Skill level: all levels
Supply Fee: none


  • Quart sized ziplock bag of scraps to share: small-scale tone on tone prints, batiks, and neutrals, dark/med/light of one color, plus a few yarns and embellishments for hair
  • Fabric scissors, paper scissors
  • Glue sticks and wet wipes (to clean glue off hands)
  • A couple yards of baking parchment or silicone press sheets
  • 1 yard of regular weight Wonder-Under or your favorite fusible web, unless you’ve pre-fused your fabrics. (Please no Heat-n-Bond)
  • Sketchbook or plain paper, pencil, eraser, sharpie
  • 8x10ish scrap of solid black fabric, and a fairly dark mostly solid
  • Fat quarter each of two almost solid light colors
  • Half a fat quarter of a-little-bit-less-light almost solid
  • Half a fat quarter of a medium almost solid (or any wild thing that will work for hair)
  • Optional: mini-iron and pressing surface
  • Optional: small light box/table and tracing paper if you do not have a tablet

We will be spending time learning how digital tools such as tablets and smartphones can make your face-making easier. If you do not have a tablet but do have a smart phone, download the apps anyway. If you have neither – you can learn how to make patterns from pictures “old school!” with pictures I bring for you.

Optional but strongly encouraged: 
iPad or Tablet with the following apps loaded:
Adobe Draw
Lightbox (iOS) or Light Box: lightbox tracing table (android)
Paper Camera by JFDP labs (iOS) or Paper Artist by JFDP labs (android)
a stylus is quite helpful.


Click here to view a printable supply list
You will need Adobe Reader, which is available here for free.

Classroom Requirements:

One iron and board per 5 students.
Parchment or teflon press sheets for each ironing station.
A screen or wall on which to project demonstrations.

Please see the Hiring Information page if you would like to book this class.











Gulf States Quilting Association Seminar 2019

Playful Portraiture Making Faces