Surface Design Techniques on Felt
I have been experimenting with a variety of surface design techniques on felt for a long while. I have developed a series of online classes about these techniques. There is a screen printing on felt class running now and I am currently finishing up the last in the series Free Motion Stitching on Felt. This course will give specific free motion stitching techniques that I have developed that can be combined with felting either during the felting process or after the piece is felted. I am planning on offering the course in the spring. I will make an announcement here when the class is posted and open for registration.
In preparation for the class, I have been making samples for the PDF and videos for the course. This is a poppy that I stitched on to a piece of felt that was already screen printed with a deconstructed screen printing technique. I liked the poppy but it just seemed to fade away into the background and I really didn’t want to add in color with thread. So I decided to paint the poppy color in.
Painting on felt isn’t the easiest thing and it’s hard to get fine details because the surface of the felt doesn’t really take paint very well. I used Dye-na-Flo paint to paint in all the color on the petals and stem. Then I added highlights and shadows with liquid acrylic paint.
You can definitely see the poppy now. It is also a little hard to get a good photo with reds and oranges and this is a little redder than the original. But you get the idea. If you are interested in taking any of my surface design classes, just fill out the contact us form with your information and which class is of interest. I will put you on the email list to contact when the class registration opens.
Also, there are two spots left in Galina Titova’s Felting Fantasy Fish class that begins January 12, 2017. You can register here. It’s a really fun class and very popular, so don’t miss out!
16 thoughts on “Surface Design Techniques on Felt”
I love the poppy Ruth It has a 3D look and certainly ‘pops’, off the page. 🙂
Thanks Judith, I was pleased with the result.
The poppy is really great!! It is my favorite flower just as the sunflowers !!
Thanks Jifke! I love poppies too.
What a great result with the poppy! It’s beautiful.
Thanks Lyn, the addition of the paint definitely improved the piece.
Oh Ruth, the poppy piece is absolutely stunning…..such a good idea to ‘paint’ the imagine for better impact!!!
Thanks Mary! The painting process is a bit fussy on felt but the result was better than expected. 🙂
Wow, the poppy is gorgeous, Ruth 🙂
The poppy turned out great! It has great depth and color. I’ve never painted in felt. I’ll,have to give it a try.
Thanks Marilyn, it’s not hard to paint on felt just hard to get fine details.
Incredible – looks like a photo!
This is terrific. You’ve achieved such a lot of depth with your painting it really does look 3D.
Thanks Karen! I agree, the paint really helped.