Take a walk on the wet side - wet felting that is...
A month or so ago now... I know - its been that kind of summer - I decided to take a Sunday "off". My husband was at the beach and I stayed home, house to myself, heaven. What do I do with my time off? Make art of course!
Joke's on me actually. I am a full time artist and part time art teacher, so while it WAS time off from production, custom work, replenishing inventory... it was still art/job/doing what I love.
I took over the kitchen and made a mess:
|Dive in, such rich colors...|
|Sorry for the yellow kitchen lighting... first piece ready to begin!|
|Can you see it? Beach, waves, ocean!|
I love the way the colors blend as the fibers lock together. I am visually drawn to the curly locks simulating breakers in the waves; they need a little needle felting to secure them fully, but I like the accent of texture. And the shrinkage? Ummm. nope. The batting felted my top coat colors and did not shrink much at all. Hmm. This piece is rather large at app. 12". Lets do another...
|Trying to go smaller: 2 before and after comparisons.|
Working most all of the day, I made 10 tapestries. The largest 12 x 12" and the smallest 4" square. My plan is to embellish them in some way, using beads and found treasures from the beach. I can't walk on the beach and slip at least a shell or 3 in my pocket...
|I imagine the long shell beaded on with 2 'ropes' of small seed beads...|
|That saturated color thrills my eyes.|
|These 2 are the smallest at 4" - but they will fit into frames I have once they are completed.|
|a few deep sea palettes?|
Until then - I hope you get your toes in the sand!