Start with an idea for which you want to create a wool painting. You could be inspired by a place you have visited, an experience you remember, a place in your garden or anything at all. Begin looking for photos on that subject. I started a computer file that I named, "Floral Felts" with interesting photos I took myself in our garden or found on the Internet that would make good future paintings. You can also search the Internet for photos that interest you. However, you need to be sure the photo you want to use for a painting is copyright-free and/or royalty free. To do this, just google "Royalty Free Images" and a whole list of places to get images will pop up on your screen.
I searched the internet for Oleander flowers and here is a photo I found that I used for the "Oleander" wool painting.
|Small Bottle Study 23" x 18"|
|Large Bottle Study 24" x 36"|
I opted for the pinkish version. Then I increased the contrast in my image editing software to accentuate the lights and darks so I could distinguish them better.
I was ready to begin creating the pattern so I printed it out on a plain piece of copy paper at 81/2" x 11."
I used a piece of overhead transparency film like the one one pictured here. You can purchase these at any office supply store or online. You can use any clear plastic film, such as clear tablecloth plastic you can get on a roll from Walmart or any fabric store. As long as it is clear, thin and will take a permanent marker, you can use it for this process. I actually bought a roll of this so that I can have it as long as I want for making patterns, but I also have used the tablecloth plastic at times.