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Kingston Puppet Workshop

By Clelia

Last week, I hosted a workshop at Minotaur in Kingston, where many wonderful and often fantastical puppets were made by the participants. Thanks to everyone who took part in the workshop. Enjoy the photos!

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How-To Instructions – Now Available!

Rob Elliott of Swizzle Studio has created these easy to follow “Finger Puppet How-To Instructions”.  Download and print, then set your fingers and imagination loose.

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Download Paper Finger Puppets How-To PDF here: paper finger puppets

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Download Egg Carton Finger Puppets How-To PDF here: egg carton puppets

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Download Felt Finger Puppets How-To PDF here: felt finger puppets

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Download Crochet Finger Puppets How-To PDF here: crochet finger puppets

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Download Knit Finger Puppets How-To PDF here: knit finger puppets

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Download Dollar Store Challenge How-To PDF here: dollar store challenge

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$ Store Glove Challenge

gloves.jpgBy Clelia

Last spring, at the first Puppet-A-Go-Go meeting,  we decided to include a wall of 1000 finger puppets in our group show at the Niagara Artists Centre (opening April 23 – save the date). We joked that by spring 2016, we’d be buying dollar store gloves, cutting off the fingers and calling them puppets to round out the wall.

Here it is, February 2016, and we’re actually doing pretty well with the finger puppets, thanks to donations, community workshops, monthly Puppet-A-Go-Go crafternoons, and many solitary hours of work. But when you’ve got a lot of finger puppets to make, it can help to give yourself some amusing challenges. At the January crafternoon, we decided that we’d go back to our dollar-store idea, pick up some gloves and craft some puppets. Here are the results.

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Where we go for inspiration—smaller museums

By Trisha

While I often get inspiration for puppets from various kinds of media in all of its consumable formats be they virtual or tactile, I like to try and draw also from exhibited sources, sometimes the more unconventional or lesser recognized the better.

Awhile back I conscripted a pal to go suss out the Hamilton Toy Museum (not to be confused with the Hamilton Children’s Museum). Located in a storefront just east of Ottawa street, the museum contains a broad scope of toys and games from various decades and has the distinction of being an interactive museum—which is to say that if you love playing with Lego you should probably go check it out. Conceptually, I think the idea is great and but perhaps right now they are hampered by their lack of space as the “exhibition” portion is rather cramped by virtue of the necessary allotment of space given to play tables. Still a lot of great eye candy and even a few puppets tucked into the mix.

After our time there, I coerced my companion into going to the very first Tim Horton’s, located nearby on Ottawa street. The inaugural first iconic Canadian doughnut shop recently got a rebuild and houses the Timmies museum up on the second floor. A pretty campy and charming tour through the decades of the franchise, the museum features different staff uniforms, memorabilia from various decades, a staged counter of an older Tim’s (basically the kind of presentation I remember from being a kid—remember when they sold pies?) and incidental time markers such as popular album covers of the decade. Needless to say, it was great place to find all manner of Timmie’s merch of their seemingly now abandoned mascot that I intended to give the finger puppet treatment to, Mr T Timbit.

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Finger Puppet Structure Techniques

By Alexa
As I’ve been making my Finger Puppets for our Puppet-A-Go-Go Art Show in April, 2016, I’ve noticed a few structural techniques that have developed that I keep going back to.
The first one is a basic finger form, with details added to it, such as this green Cyclops, made by one of our workshop participants.  This is a fast and very satisfying way of creating a character.
Finger Form Puppet
The second one, like this happy Maple Leaf, is making a flat character and glueing a basic finger form to the back of it.  This is another quick and easy way of creating a Finger Puppet without creating a 3D structure.
And the 3rd, like the Killer Tomato, is a 3D character with room for your finger.  If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll glue a basic finger form inside the 3D structure, so that you can’t see the inside of the puppet for a cleaner finish.
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Multiples versus Singles

By Christine

In order to get your finger puppet show plot moving, it is good to start with a proper cast of characters. That’s why multiples are a fun puppet project when you want the action. Here are some examples. Let your fingers and imaginations escape to Hawaii, the bowling alley, or the maze. Just don’t get stuck in traffic….

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Conversely, there are times when a single finger puppet is the master of its own destiny and it doesn’t need any sidekicks tagging along.

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