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Ballet Dancer - wool painting

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Category Other
Style Classic, Romantic
tchrterri on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Mat board, burlap, white and dyed wool fleece

tchrterri on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I love the flow of movement in this picture. I haven't decided whether or not I will sell it.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Needle felted pictures are easy, wonderful, so, so forgiving! I always wanted to paint but, alas, I have no talent whatsoever in that art. Painting with dyed wool fleece is different. If you put a color down and you don't like it, just pull it up. INSTRUCTIONS: Glue a piece of burlap onto the back side of a mat board that is already cut and ready to frame a picture. When the glue dries, felt a thin layer of white wool onto the burlap as your base. Then paint a picture with your wool and needle!!

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Wow. Beautiful. You are indeed talented. You are making the world more beautiful with your talent and outlook on life.

10/14/2011 Flag

Thank you! Dance is very important to me, almost as important as having a sense of humor. In our Dance for Parkinson's class, we have both~

10/14/2011 Flag

Very nice piece of art - I'm happy to know your battle with Parkinson's doesn't hold you back from expressing yourself artistically - be it through crafting or dance. My daughter danced on a competitive level so anything ballet is close and dear to me. I miss seeing her perform. I totally understand the joy you must get when you are dancing with your friends. Please post more of your projects - I am moved by your story. (PS - my daughter is a redhead just like the little dancer on your project)

10/17/2011 Flag

Thank you! I just found out that my dance teacher's birthday is next Monday and this picture will go to her. She just danced the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake in Denver.

10/20/2011 Flag

Congratulations! it's a wonderful art piece! Keep enjoying the music and the dancing, and Keep fighting the battle, my grandfather had parkinsons, he was not able to use his right hand at all, so he learned to write with his left one. I was proud of his accomplishment.

02/06/2012 Flag

Thanks! Your grandfather sounds like a wonderful and creative person.

02/06/2012 Flag

Beautiful job. Did you paint on the wool and then felt it?

05/28/2012 Flag

Thank you!! Actually, I start out with a pile of different color wool batting - generally I order from Peace Fleece or Harrisville Wool. Then it's a matter of taking bits of the colored wool and using it to create the picture. The nice thing about needle felting is that it is so forgiving. Don't like the color? Pull it up and try something else. Feel free to visit my website, too. www.studiofoxhoven.com I hope to have video instructions up sometime this summer!

05/28/2012 Flag