I swung into action last week working on my project for a Postmark’d Art trade and posted about it here. The process for me is always one of adding, viewing on the wall, and adding. It began to look more painterly to me here.
One of the lovely things about felting on the black batting is that it’s easy to steam with the iron and have it come back to almost 100% full size. I steamed from the wrong side to avoid melting the tulle on the front. I’m getting closer to being satisfied with it here.
Beads were in order, then I trimmed and cut the final piece into nine 4″ x 6″ pieces.
I used clear MonoPoly filament on the edges because I didn’t want to disturb the design by creating a formal border. I think it’s appropriate that one of these postcards will be headed for the Netherlands. I hope all of my trading friends will enjoy their piece of this larger work.
This is not the first van Gogh project that I’ve done. When I bought my felting machine in July 2008 I was eager to get acquainted with it. I dove straight into creating a swirling sun in the van Gogh style.
As you can see, this was a much larger project creating 21 postcards. I placed snips of cotton fabric onto white felt, covered it with tulle and needled it. I have traded and sold all but one — the very center.