While I have more experimenting to do with the thickened dyes and paint on felt, I have two more to show you for now.
I had a nice Anemones screen stencil from Stencil Girl I had purchased for Ruth’s Paper Lamination Class earlier this year that I didn’t use. So I wanted to try that on a violet merino batt I had felted for the dye class. I recalled Mary Stori’s advice on using a credit card with a screen stencil, so I tried that.
I added the thickened dye and ran over each section several times trying hard to have even coverage. But there was still blotchy spots in the design. ( I’m sure it takes practice like anything else.) Since it would be next to impossible to line the stencil up exactly again, I had to get creative.
I used a bamboo skewer like a paint brush to fill in the tiny spots with dye being careful not to drip or miss.
I was pleased with the results. In person it isn’t as obvious that there a few lighter spots that the camera caught. While there isn’t a lot of detail in the flowers I may add stitching or paint or leave it as is. I haven’t decided.
I had made a mylar stencil myself of a lotus flower. I’m not very good with the exacto knife or a burning tool and was worried about how it would turn out. I decided to use a piece of handmade paper I had laying around for decades and acrylic paint to try it out. I intentionally used the nubby side of the paper to add some interest and texture. I used a stiff small brush to paint.
It needed a couple of layers, but I was happy the way it looked.