Needle felted seascape

to show the process of the picture taking place

What I love about creating needle felted paintings is that they are tactile, you can touch them. I love the way the fibre unravels making the movement of the sea and the sky.

adding small flecks of white on the sea gives the sense of waves
tufts of grass can remain upright

It is lovely to watch the fibres unfurl to bring waves to life. I also use tapestry wool which can be purchased in most charity shops at the moment for a bargain price. I like to let the grass remain upright to allow the observer touch it and fluff it up.

grasses are made using tapestry wools unravelled to make grasses, various widths and textures

the grass is loose at the edge giving a distance to the foreground. I really love the variety of greens available.

some of the grassed areas remained plain.
Needle felted sea scape grass foreground

I have built up the layers by using wadding on a background of cotton batting, it makes a delightful surface to ‘paint’ the needle felt onto.

how the layers bring the foreground higher
using layering to bring the foreground forward. I was going to have a house initially but decided against it.

You can see how the light and shadows are created using darker shades under the landscape by the horizon and the lighter shades where the sun would hit the sea.

The pebbles in my other seascape, are raised to create the illusion of coming towards the observer.

mounted on canvass

The piece was mounted simply onto a canvass – so that it can be touched and the grasses gently stroked and re-arranged.

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