First, you can draw grid lines on paper by hand with a permanent marker or by computer and print them out with your printer in several sizes such as those pictured below. For example, if your reference picture was 8 ½” x 11” you would use the larger size grid of 4x5 squares. If you were using a smaller photo, you would use the smaller size grid, which was 6 down by 7 across. As long as the squares are really square, the dimensions of each square are not important. They are only used to break down your source picture into units to enlarge your pattern up to the finished size of your wool painting.
|4 x 5|
|5 x 6|
|6 x 7|
|Transparency Over Photo|
|Copy of Source Image with Grid Lines|
|Gridlines and Major Shapes Drawn Onto Background Fabric|
|Begin Felting Outlines of Each Major Shape|
Continue to fill in the shapes until you have one complete layer of wool covering the surface of your base fabric.
|First Layer Finished|
Here is a view of the process from my studio on my first Monet felt study entitled, "August Afternoon."
Now continue filling in your painting, working in very thin layers until you feel it is finished. For more information on creating felted paintings visit the previous series of posts in the archive entitled, “Building a Felted Painting." Here is the finished painting entitled, "Monet's Garden Path."
|Monet's Garden Path|
Enjoy your felting machine!!