Intro: Needle Felt a Painting
Here follows a step by step of what I do. I saw how needle felting and felting has exploded in popularity, but I wan't more detail than wet felting could supply and I am a 2dimensional artist, so I adapted some techniques.
First you will need some..
Pre-felt (flat purchased pieces of felt)
Wool Tops/ Fibres
Needle felting needles and handle
A marker and pencil.
Step 1: Step 1
Lightly draw out your design.
For this piece I used a vintage illustration for my design.
When you are confident in your drawing, use a fine marker to make it easier to see.
Avoid detail and shadows. It'll get difficult to cover otherwise.
Needle felting time
pluck a small tuft of fibre from your wool tops. Lay onto pre-felt
Using the barbed needle, secure the tuft into place using a repetitive poking action.
As you can see in the image below, start with the darker areas/ outlines.
Limit you colour palette to tones, such as autumnal browns, yellows, greens.
Fill in large areas lightly.
Stretch the wool tops/roving so it isn't too densely packed.
Over felting will weaken the pre-felt and stretch it out off shape
Use darker shades of the color to achieve tonal range and depth.
For background I mix and layer colours and spread thinly leaving the color of the pre- felt show through
Refine and Finish
Once all the piece has been colored in and some tones and highlights have been built up...
Stand back from you piece, hang it up on a wall and decide which areas need some contrast.
Using the darkest brown and the lightest yellows and creams for this piece, I rework areas to create stronger contrasts.
For more details on pieces like this, difficulties i had and dying wool tops please pop over to my blog