Abstract Art

Abstract Art

Before I discovered wet felting, I used to do a lot of painting. This is one of my favourite acrylics from 2007:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI decided to try and do a wet felted version of it. I did a couple of layers of Merino tops in a simplified palette of colours, then used some bamboo skewers to split the painting and felt piece into quarters as a guide for adding more detail for the 3rd layer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had pretty much all my colours of Merino out for this.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the finished layout:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll the wool put away and ‘tidy’ πŸ™‚

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI took it outside to felt it:


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI put it on the washing line to dry. I usually stand the painting up on its end (right end), and while I was felting, some of the wool must have gotten nudged and I started to neaten it up, but thought it would look quite cool and like it was dripping if I left the wavy edges. They neatened themselves up a bit while I was fulling though, but still looks pretty good.




27 thoughts on “Abstract Art

  1. Wow! I am amazed at how distinct the colours are in the felted piece, I would have expected them to merge a lot more. It really is a nice replica of the painting, in wool.

    1. Thanks, Zara πŸ™‚
      I was a bit worried it’d be too distinct, so threw it a few times to make sure it looked like felt πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      The felt does have a unique dimension to it.

  2. It’s wonderful Zed! I am pleased that the colours stayed so distinct. You’ve got to display that with great pride – it’s definitely wall art.

    1. Thanks, Lyn πŸ™‚
      It did turn out well, kept the colours well, but still looks like felt.

    1. Thanks, Fleur πŸ™‚
      All the blog colour challenges helped me out.

  3. Both acrylic and felt renditions are terrific! Clever idea to use bamboo skewers to divide the sections. Really nice work!

    1. Thanks, Cathy πŸ™‚
      I’ll confess that the skewers were out from when I did some carding, so convenient more than clever thinking!

  4. I have a lot of little bits of merino and would like to do something similar – is there a trick to keeping the colors so distinct and not getting muddy looking?

    1. Hi Frances, I did the first two layers in a simplified version of what would be on the top… a bit like we’ve done with the colour challenges, so the colours are very similar on all the layers and no contrasting colours to migrate through and ‘muddy’ them πŸ™‚

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