Needle Felting a 2D Seascape


IMG_4799Land, Sea and Sky – Needle Felt – 5.5 x 8.5 inches

I am taking a very short break from needle felting critters as I wanted to try needle felting a painting.  In this instance, I used one of my own paintings as a reference.  On one hand, it can be quite easy.  You just use wool instead of paint.  On the other hand, it can take a while as there is a lot of stabbing involved.  To make things easier, I used a punch tool that has 5 needles in it.  Then I reworked areas with one or two needles.  Apparently there is no 100% right way of doing it.  Some people add more 3D elements to their paintings.  I used half a sheet of A4 pre felt as my base.  Although this piece is quite small, it still took me a couple of hours to make as I hadn’t made one before and I was learning as I was stabbing.  I still need to tidy up the sides and then it will be ready for framing behind glass.

Here is the original painting next to it which is A3 size.

I think it was easier to make the painting than to felt it.  Splatters were a bit challenging to make  as the nepps are already pre felted.  So I had to use a very thin piece of wool to anchor it onto the sea.  The curls/locks make great waves.  I have the other half of felt left over, so I have another idea for a felted seascape, but this time without a reference and I think I will go bolder with my color choices.  I am also going to experiment with some sparkle.  I can’t wait!


Are We Done Yet?

I have been working a lot since I have been back from my holiday at the end of June.  I am what is known as a working Artist.  I need to work to support my art.

I have had a couple of pieces on the go and I didn’t really want to post anything until they were complete.  It has been tough going as I have been working on a piece that is my biggest yet at 60×40 cm.  This is how it started;

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Here is the finished piece:


Into the Deep – Acrylic on Canvas – 60×40 cm

It is actually quite a dark piece and I have been having trouble photographing it as the features in the I-phone want to make it lighter.  There is a lot of depth and layers to this piece.  I used different blues, with green and black.  I am not sure I will ever get a photo that can justify how intricate the layers are as I added glazing fluid to make the paint very transparent.  This painting sat on the mantle for weeks while I worked out what I was going to do next.  When I thought I was finished, I added another layer!   I think we are done now!  I just need to work out how to frame it.  The painting has a very thin profile and it would benefit from being in a frame.  I think a trip to the timber merchants is in order.

Regatta II – A Bit Bigger


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is now this!


Regatta II – Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel – 12×12 inches

I liked Regatta so much that I decided to make another, but larger one.  However, trying to replicate a painting is a bit of a challenge and pretty much impossible.  I used some techniques I recently learned and am having a lot of fun with.

This painting took me longer than I thought it would.  I had to use two coats of gesso on top of the old painting to get rid of the marks so I could start over.  Thankfully the weather has been nice and I was able to have the layers dry in the sun.  Although a bit different, the color scheme is the same as the other painting.  I am really liking painting with greens and blues so much.  Just like being at the seaside!

I also added thicker paint to the sails.  This made such a difference that I did the same to Regatta as below.


Regatta – Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel – 9×12 inches

As you can see, I didn’t add thick paint to all of the sails here as I wanted the small ones to fade in the distance.

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