The Best Affordable Online Courses – Not Just For Miniatures.

Of course, I have written before about affordable online courses, like the ones from Angie Scarr or Jullie Warren.

But during the pandemic, especially, I think that a lot of us have been looking for all kinds of online tutorials and lessons, I know that I have 😉

Today, I am not only going to talk about other miniature online tutorials but also other crafting lessons online, from a specific company.

Because lots of these courses for “real size-crafts” are perfectly applicable for the small world, like embroidery, pottery baking, crochet, furniture design, character modeling, polymer clay for jewelry, and so much more!

I will be focussing on one company, called “Domestika”, for now, so let’s go!

But first: What Is Domestika?

I have only just joined Domestika, but so far I am impressed by a few things, which I will discuss in a future review in a separate blog post.

So you want to improve your creativity skills, but have no teacher or school nearby to teach you how? Then you still have an option: follow online courses.

The Domestika platform is combining (crafting/creative) experts with online coaching, so you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home!

This company describes itself as a “community for creative people”, where you can learn how to get creative in all kinds of topics, but also improve your already existing skills to a higher level.

It started out more than ten years ago in Spain, hence the origin of some courses that are in Spanish, but the headquarters have moved to San Francisco.

The Most Affordable Online Courses From Domestika – A List.

As the courses of Domestika are very well made and have high quality, the prices are very reasonable, in my opinion.

The focus on most of them is all about creativity, so this platform definitely belongs on my website 😉

As the origin of this platform was Spanish, you might wonder if these are available in English?

Well: a big part of the courses are in Spanish, with subtitles in English, Portuguese, German, Dutch, and more subtitles, but in 2021 the catalog of English online lessons has grown tremendously.

Today, I will show you the most affordable online courses that I personally think are the most valuable for the topic of my website, because there are literally hundreds of them.

I will describe the courses, the prices, and more.

Course Number 1: Miniature Needlework.

  • The artist’s name :  Yulia Sherbak
  • Level : Beginner
  • The Audio : English
  • Machine translation available in : English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, and Dutch
  • Content :
    Online and at your own pace:
    – 17 lessons (2h 35m)
    – 17 additional resources (6 files)

    In these courses, Yulia Sherbak will teach you how to create original miniature embroidery, by combining her passion for the latter with animals and nature.
    She will also give you an overview of the materials that you need, plus of course all the different embroidery stitches.

  • Experience needed : none
  • Overall rank :
5 star reviews
  • The price : $9,99
  • Introduction video :

  • Webshop available?
    Yes, this artist has an Etsy Shop.


Course Number 2: Design And Build Miniature Interiors.


  • The artist’s name : Jessica Dance
  • Level : Beginner
  • The Audio : English
  • Machine translation available in : English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Content :
    Jessica will teach you how to design, scale and build your own roombox and miniature furniture by showing you the proper techniques.
    She will explore all the different styles with you, and explains all materials that you need in detail to start crafting.
  • Experience needed : No previous knowledge is required.
  • Overall rank :
4 stars and a half
  • The price : $10,90
  • Introduction video :


  • Webshop available?

I don’t see a shop available per se, but she has a coaching website.


Course number 3: Confection of Miniature clothing.


  • The artist’s name : Caroline Alles
  • Level : Beginner
  • The Audio : Spanish with subtitles in English
  • Machine translation available in : Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Content :
    In this online course, Caroline will tell you all you need to know about the proces of creating original and small miniature clothes.
    The whole process is discussed: how to generate patterns, the sewing part of mini fashion clothes, and creating a finished piece. All of these designed by you and for your dolls, and this means any dolls, and any brand or type of dolls.
  • Experience needed : You do not need to have any knowledge of sewing, Caroline will teach you everything from scratch.
  • Overall rank :
4 stars and a half
  • The price : $14,99
  • Introduction video :
    Please click on the picture below to see her introduction video.


  • Webshop available?

She mentions that she has a store, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.


Course Number 4: Miniature Embroidery Techniques

  • The artist’s name : Silvia Peligro
  • Level : Beginner
  • The Audio : Spanish with subtitles in English
  • Machine translation available in : Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Content :
    Silvia dedicated herself to miniature embroidery, because it requires a high level precision and thats what she loves.
    In this course, she will teach you her method of making mini embroidery.
    In a final project, you will finish three embroidery illustrations, so that you will see the different ways that you can handle the materials for this art form.
    Also, you will learn 4 different ways of stitching.


  • Experience needed : you will need basic knowledge of drawing, although it is not essential.
  • Overall rank :
5 star reviews
  • The price : $11,99
  • Introduction video :
    Please click on the picture below to see her introduction video.


  • Webshop available?

Yes, she has an Etsy shop.


Course Number 5: Creation of 3D Miniature Worlds.

  • The artist’s name : Santiago Morales
  • Level : Beginner
  • The Audio : Spanish with English subtitles
  • Machine translation available in : Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Content :
    Santiago Morales is a 3D visual artist and illustrator.
    His creations in sketching on for example the software called Procreate, makes it possible to create miniature figurines and models that otherwise you can only fantasise about. Without the 3D world, lots of these models would be impossible to create.
    In this Domestika course, you will learn how to model and texturize, using cinema 4D.
    The final project will be an encapsulated diorama.

  • Experience needed : You will need basic knowledge in drawing and managing software as Cinema 4D, Procreate, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Overall rank :
4 stars and a half
  • The price : $10,99
  • Introduction video :
    Please click on the picture below to see the preview video:


  • Webshop available?

I have not found a webshop of this artist.


Course Number 6: Design of Miniature CGI sets.

  • The artist’s name : Javier Leon
  • Level : Beginner
  • The Audio : Spanish with subtitles in English
  • Machine translation available in : Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Content :
    Javier dedicates himself to creating 3D computer graphics for film and advertising. He is very passionate about creating 3D sets as if they were real miniatures.
    In the Domestika course, you will learn to create miniature CGI sets. During this process, you wil learn to observe and pay attention to detail.
    For the final project, you will create a miniature set of different furniture and accessories.
    You will learn how to observe items in real life.
  • Experience needed : You need to have basic knowledge of 3D: modeling, UV mapping and texturing
  • Overall rank :
4 stars and a half
  • The price : $9,99
  • Introduction video :
    Please click on the picture below to see the preview video.


  • Is a webshop available?
  • I can’t find a webshop for this artist.


    Course Number 7: Techniques To Create Scale Models.

    • The artist’s name : Julieta La Valle
    • Level : Beginner
    • The Audio : Spanish with English subtitles
    • Machine translation available in : Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
    • Content :
      Julieta is an art director and sculptor and builds scale models and miniatures.
      In this Domestika course, you will learn about materials, tools and techniques to craft a scale model and you will create a simple interior with all its elements.
      You will learn the basics about design, scales and blueprints and then build up the general structure. Plus learn about the different types of walls, floors, doors, windows and moldings. On top of all this, she will even teach you how to make all the furniture, miniature plants, and more!
      At the end of this course, you will be able to make and setup a complete scale model and you will know how to photograph it! That is a whole lot for affordable online courses, right?

    • Experience needed : You do not need previous knowledge
    • Overall rank :
    5 star reviews
    • The price : $11,99
    • Introduction video :
      Please click on the picture below to see an introduction video in English.


    • Webshop available?

    No webshop seems available, but she does have a website.


    My Final Conclusion.

    I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on affordable online courses and that I could help you out by choosing one that you like.

    Domestika has a lot more courses, but I will talk about those later 🙂

    If you have any questions on this topic or would you just like to chat with me? Please leave a message below, join my social media channels or my Facebook group.

    I wish you happy crafting!

    Kind regards,

    Lizzy

    4 thoughts on “The Best Affordable Online Courses – Not Just For Miniatures.”

    1. Hey Lizzy, thanks for showing us this site ….
      What a fantastic range of courses…
      i really like the course by Yulia Sherbak on neddlework or should it be called needlecraft…
      i never knew you could get so much shading with thread….
      What she does with colours is fantastic…
      do you know if they do gift vouchers, i can see that you can but others courses, but of you are unsure is there a gift voucher system…
      many thanks in advance
      phil

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      • Hi Phil!

        For sure, these courses from Domestika are just fantastic, right?

        About your question: if you click further to the information page, you can see that there is a button with a text saying: ‘redeem the course with a gift code’. So you can buy a gift voucher and then hand this as a gift to someone else. So this person just has the fill in the gift code to view the course 😉

        I hope this answers your question and I wish you happy crafting!

        kind regards,

        Lizzy

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    2. Very interesting courses such as the miniature interiors and clothing. The setting in these courses are focusing on miniature crafts which look to be the most popular in the Domestika course website. The ratings on the page reflect the overall review on these craft pages which helps with and concerns of the content. 

      Reply
      • Thank you for your comment Elias and I hope that you will learn a lot from the courses of Domestika!

        Kind regards,

        Lizzy

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