This is a felt painting that’s a little different from my usual bright ones, but I really like the moody colours and sunlight hitting the bird.
The gull was needle-felted separately onto another piece of thin felt then cut out and placed on the background. The brighter whites are bamboo fibre and the swirls in the sea are pieces of mohair yarn. This one came together whilst I was at my local monthly craft group and I think most of it was done subconsciously because I was a real motor-mouth that day and we all laughed and chatted and ate whilst working. A good thing because it wasn’t over-worked.
This is a lovely part of the Island – Naracoopa – on the east coast of King Island. This scene is looking south towards Lover’s Lane on a calm sunny day. Again, layers of wool roving were lightly needled – just enough to hold to the base of white felt. Some torn strips of sari silk were added to look like tuffs of grasses amongst the rocks.
I am really enjoying this felt painting thing. And I really like this one. Not supposed to say that about my own work, I know, but my mojo has been on an extended holiday and it is nice to have it back. After an exhibition in November 2010 I have not been able to paint or draw to my satisfaction. This is not an unusual thing, except it seemed to last such a long time. It was the main reason I started focusing on felting and it is challenging to create a ‘painterly’ effect.
The next one is totally different and it was taken from a photo of a little oasis amongst the dry fields.
This one was a challenge and I could not get it right. Can’t count the number of times I put fleece on then took fleece off. The photos don’t reflect that, but they show how different it finished up after some playing.
Here is the finished item:
Here is the process:
Fleece layered and lightly wet felted
Some needle felting and embroidery. Note the cottage
Now, when I look back, part of me likes the above image before I had to mess with it, especially the sky and sea, although the house looks kind of cutsey. The tree in the foreground is wrong . Anyway, it is now framed (without the cottage). Honest feedback much appreciated. You know when you work on something so long and can no longer be objective in assessing your own work? That’s me. Help needed!!!
This is a picture I completed earlier in the year and I was really happy with the sense of movement in the ti trees. North of the island there are a few Cape Barren Geese, but they are not always easy to find. This one has been framed.
Along with the rugged coastline and crashing waves that are common on King Island, we also have days of total stillness and tranquility. these are the days when the soft turquoise blue of the sea is magical.
This felted painting shows some of those colours.
Wool rovings layered onto piece of white commercial wool felt - 16"x14" unframed
Just completed this ‘painting’ in wool fleece. It depicts some of the rugged coastline on King Island and was very challenging. In real time it is better viewed from a distance, but that is hard to simulate with a photo.
The base is a piece of white wool felt (commercial) and then the different coloured fleece are layered to create a picture. The options after that are to embellish with machine embroidery etc but I didn’t do that this time.
As I progress I keep everything in place using The Fabulous Felt-O-Matic – a handmade needle-felting tool that has 36 needles fixed into a frame work which is pressed down on in a spring set-up. Hard to explain, so here is the link to Dianne Stott’s blog showing her unique invention.
Unfelted wool fleece - 18x20 unframed
Felt Painting - without the tiny needle marks - sprayed with soapy water and lightly felted using cordless sander