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More Stencil Work

More Stencil Work

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.

 

 

Nuno Felted Bark Sample Part Two

Nuno Felted Bark Sample Part Two

Last week I showed you a paper fabric laminated nuno felt bark sample.

It looked like this before stitching and painting.

I added some seed stitch, stem stitch and french knots. I used a hand dyed variegated wool thread.

I then started painting with a variety of acrylic paint colors. I mixed the neutrals from mostly red and green. In the close up photo, you can see the red and green a little better. I let that layer of paint dry and then decided I still needed a bit more of the darkest values to give it a bit more contrast.

Looking at the photo now, I might add even a bit more of the really dark. I also think I will crop it in a little closer to have less of the left edge. What do you think? Does it look like bark? The inspiration for this type of bark is Ponderosa Pine.

 

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