Felting Alfresco (outside! Its Summer!)
Pet Two Part 3 She is Naked! We must fix that!!!
Now it’s time for me to start adding a bit of colour! this is where we left off last time.
this is the understructure of the manta ray next will be laying colour on top of the structure, like a gresi painting.
1-2 laying in the T line so she is an oceanic manta
If you have taken art classes, either commercial or fine art, you may have had a teacher that reminded you that paintings with large black spaces are not as effective as deep shadows with suggestions of something within the shadows. So not a solid black but layers of dark blue, green, charcoals and browns with maybe a bit of pure black. I mixed the darkest charcoal with a very dark green and blue. I also started to add some of the lighter greys in thin wisps over top to give that dappled light effect.
3-5 base layer of simplified pattern and fibres I was working from
I kept a zip-lock sandwich bag of mixed greys which I could then make lighter or darker as I needed.
6-7 Zip-lock of greys, a bit of mixed colour sitting on her shoulder about to be added in a thin layer over the dark sections.
Distracted by Princess Auto flyer, the snap ring plyers I have and use to bend the ends of the wire are very tiny and not as smooth as I would like. So I will be off to check these out at next weeks’ sale. I will likely also replace my old wooden bench (the one I was stuffing unskirted raw wool into bags on) while I’m there.
8-9 This is Next week’s Princess Auto flyer! Another great place for fibre related tools, really! It is where I found the Bee combs! (Yes!! We got the Bench!! However, they were out of the cool plyers)
I added the Dorsal fin, I made the basic shape and added it just above the base of the tail. I then build up the sides of the fin to give it more of the correct shape.
10-11 added the Dorsal fin then built up the sides
After checking with the photo reference I brought the darkness around the edge of parts of the wings
12-13 Bringing the colour to the edge and just around.
Next adjusting the angle on the lower part of the white shoulder markings and adding white to cover thin areas where the understructure was showing through. So far she does not have any under spotting but I may revisit before the end of the entire project.
14-15 Final touch-ups on the back of the mantel.
16-19 looking good, but she will need eyes so she can judge that for herself
Time to add eyes! Hmm, I think we need a bit more extension on the eye orbs or she will not be able to see around her Cephalic fins. I surrounded the pupil then used the super sharp scissors to cut off the excess. (I found these again at Dollarama, for 4.00 Canadian, they have worked very well so I bought a couple more pairs). I may leave her for a couple of days then re-evaluate the eyes, they are not quite right yet but close!
20-24 Adding eyes and the nice scissors from Dollerama
I think the heat was getting to her since she started her photoshoot by stealing my glasses and mask!
25-27 Mantas seem to be curious and playful and maybe a short-sighted
Oddly, the glasses seem to fit her. Unfortunately, the mask does not quite cover both her mouth and gills.
So on to the photoshoot!!!
28-29 She seemed a little static in her poses, so l let her loose in the garden to have some fun.
30- 37 A quick swim through the front garden (wait till she finds out there is a back garden!)
I took her out to buy butter tarts and to show Ann. It’s good to get out and meet new people but she forgot to wear her mask!! I think she will need to quarantine before she can play with her Mer-People!!!
38-40 Felting is better with Butter tarts
I hope you have enjoyed the creation of my adolescent female Manta Ray. I still have more to do with this set of sculptures so please keep checking in on how it is going. Have fun and Keep felting!!