I finally started on the third quarter challenge for the Felting and Fiber Studio which is using Monet’s work as an inspiration. I originally thought I would use on of his floral/landscape paintings but changed my mind after I looked at more images of his work. I’m sure you’ll be able to guess the inspiration once you see the pattern.
To start, I needed to make some blue prefelt. I used merino wool that I had previously dyed with indigo and then carded into batts.
I made the prefelt and left it really soft. I then made a pattern out of freezer paper to cut out what I needed for the Monet piece.
I ironed the freezer paper to the prefelt and then cut it out. Have you guessed the inspiration?
Perhaps you can see in the close up how soft the prefelt is. I want it to just sink into the background. It has two layers, one light blue and one dark blue. Hopefully that will give it a more mottled look.
And here’s the prefelt all cut out. For the background, I am planning a solid piece of white or yellow felt. Then I want to make a break down screen print to go over the surface to give all the color to the piece. I’m not sure how it will turn out but it should be a fun experiment.