In this photo, you can see the original photo I am following and a color chart, which helps me to choose which color I need next, before I go raking through my color bins and forget what I was looking for.
You can also see a pastel drawing that I did of the photo so that I can "get to know" the painting and what I will do with it when using wool fibers. Here is where I make mistakes, changes in color, shadow or highlight before I start the real painting with wool. From the pastel drawing, I lay a piece of clear acetate over the drawing and make a line drawing with a permanent Sharpee marker. Then I place the acetate drawing on an overhead projector and make the pattern any size I want by drawing the lines onto the flannel with a Crayola Washable Marker.
Whenever I am starting a wool painting, I like to use flannel as a substrate for the following reasons:
- It holds the wool in place with its texture
- It can take any amount of action from the needles
- It completely disappears when enough wool has been felted on to it.
- It distorts the least and often recovers when the piece is fully felted and then back felted again (felted from the back side).
- It provides a stable ground for wet felting and can handle the thickness and felting of the surface layers of wool fibers when wet felting.