in so long it's been so long I missed you I've missed you too there we go now you can see I'm constantly having to get the hair out of your eyes well you know so we are going to do a 2d needle felting tutorial today it is meant to show some techniques that you can use we're going to work through a project together we figured out this little snow hair project but mainly I want to show some techniques I'm still exploring this um new Avenue I have this one I don't know if the film's gonna the videos and focus on it but I did this actually about a year ago at a mainly wet felted the hummingbird and then added the flower and I've done a few since then and it's really interesting how it's a combination of I've been doing the 3d needle felting you know all along and I'm also a painter and this is really kind of a combination of painting with wool but also you get a little bit of dimension to it so there are a few little techniques and tricks that I think helped I've seen people work on oh my gosh all kinds of things linen um just wool felt recycled sweaters today we're going to work in the kit we're going to work on pre felt so it's not wet felted you could wet felt it first but you don't need to you can just needle felt onto it just to show a couple more things you could this is you could make felt this is a just a thin piece of felt that I made and then needle felt onto it this is the tree skirt that I made this year um which is overly heavy felt and then I'm Edel felted and Kyla helped me to actually the details onto it so it can be on a purse it can be kind of like a craft or more utilitarian thing it can be a fine art it's just it's really exciting because it's it you know can be anything from an embellishment to something that you're going to hang on your wall as a piece of art let me show you before we start the tutorial with the camera angle over the shoulder what's in the supply pack it's a little different than our usual you've been busy we have been busy well you've been busy yeah look there's something there's something specific now you're talking about all the stuff you've done and yeah yeah we we keep keep our nose to this what is that saying Ryan stone grinding stone here okay we're going to have a reference picture just to charcoal copy of a charcoal sketch and you'll be able to mix them marks on it to help us lay out the rabbit you know make sure we're getting it getting it in the right place there's a piece of pre felt we decided to go with this lovely natural gray and it can be stretched out a little bit it can be I like the way this one came from the edge of the pre felt so it had that I'm going to call it a deckled edge it's the wolf quid length of a doubled edge this one does not this came from the center of the piece of pre felt so it has all cut edges so it's kind of interesting to play with those and decide how you want your edges to be maybe you're going to frame it under glass and you don't care what the edges look like so we have our photo or pre felt it'll have a variation of natural colored locks that we're going to use to create a sort of winter woodsy looking background and then several top coat colors and I really love I love these colors I love chestnut and aqua together or gold and aqua together and I use these to make the different grades that we use in the snow hair so I'm going to use the hand partners quite a bit if you don't have hand quarters you can certainly um stack every stack and blend by hand and then I'm going to have you'll see when we when we switch angles I have a large piece of hard foam which is great when you're working on these large flat projects much easier than the stab at webbot so we're ready to start our project I think that's exciting yes let's do it yeah okay how's that purple coming across on camera it's it's lovely um okay so I've got my hard foam base and this is a two-inch insulation that you can get at the hardware store comes in all different sizes and colors but okay I want to mark a few um let me finish a sentence how about that sick finish the thought phone bass works really well hardware store relatively inexpensive this piece was 2 feet by 8 feet I cut it up so I'll use it for workshops and stuff and it holds up really well um if it takes a while for the needles to start to break it down eventually you will start getting little pieces of foam pull up endear the back of your work which may or may not matter very much but um like I said it takes a long time and the nice thing is that the wool does not embed into it so you don't have to worry about that so good for 2d felting ok the first thing I want to do is find a few points of reference on your illustration here's the original and just did a charcoal to try and you know establish some values that you're going to see as you work on your rabbit we can't I don't have my own photographs of snow hairs so but you know definitely I would get online and and use Google Images and and see some pictures so that you get an idea of the light and the coloring so first thing I want to do is find the center of my eight and a half oval comes close when I guess so that's my center line this is eight and a half inches and then I want to find thirds so that's just a good a few reference points so let's say 9 divided by 3 would be 3 so 8 and 1/2 divided by 3 a little less than 4 a little less than 3 so put one there and nine one two I was always close pretty close on those two I was consistently over okay so this is 1/2 1/3 2/3 and we'll do the same thing this way so our 11 inches five and a half will be our center point and then 12 divided by 3 would be 4 so we'll probably go up 3 and I three and uh something one two three and uh Oh perfect thirds whoops little ad there missed an inch nothing this way I could say you know the top of the bunny's head is about two-thirds up from the bottom the bunny's back is about the halfway point stuff like that so I'm going to put my reference picture up here where I can see it you guys might not be able to see it anymore but it's okay you'll have your own and then get out my refill and this is on the small side of what will be in the supply pack so I'm just stretching it a little bit giving myself a little bit more room it will be bigger than eight-and-a-half by eleven it should be more like nine by twelve at least okay the first thing I want to do is start to establish some lines of the rabbit now like I said we're going to be covering a lot of different 2d needle felting techniques that can then be used on any of your projects and but this is just one project to start to learn how to do that so I'm going to I mean you could use any of these colors that are in your supply pack I just pulled a really thin strip of the chestnut and I can actually even draft it even a little thinner this is basically the equivalent of drawing with a pencil about halfway up my pre felt I want to make the back of the bunny and then about a third of the way in is where his chest and nose end so basically just drawing a little outline and then for his head top of his head is about 1/3 down and his nose comes out about the same as his belly and two simple shapes right now little kind of big shapes the back of his head is about 1/3 so his head is basically in the center third then make his chest come out a little bit farther than his nose just for a little variation okay and then I can just stick those down without too much fuss right now these pretty much get covered up this is like what I'm doing an oil and I do some initial lines with my paintbrush and these those lines either get obliterated or covered or lifted so no perfection yet save that for the end now one thing that could be kind of cool would be to have his ear actually go up a little bit off the UM the outline that I have here so I'm going to do that because I feel like I need just a little bit more room I could shrink his body down I'll do I'm going a little lower on this composition because I feel like my pre-fill is short generally your works going to end up a bit bigger than then the image the printed image back of their heads really quite flat so maybe I'll tip his ears back towards the corner a little bit I'm just tipping his ears a little bit to take more advantage of the space yours might be able to go straight up all right so that gives me an idea of where my bunny is going to be let's set that aside for a second the next thing that I want to do is blend a few piles of colors I'm making making you guys work for these colors um oops really pretty and the gray and the white you might use some Street and the dark gray in areas but all these parts of the bunny I pre blended um a sort of little piles of colors to pull from to get all these shades Milo just burped so I'll show you a few of the color choices that I made I wanted to have for the bunny it would have been a hiccup but my mouth was closed oh um I want to have a basically a dark a medium and the light now that's relative to white so my dark is actually this and in the background we're going to use our darks and our locks so for the dark medium and light i blended chestnut oak blue raspberry and almond let's just not about equal parts of each sorry reaching reaching and the more you blend them when you put them on the hand Carter the easier it is to blend as you card so I just kind of layer them on there to these at the same time so FONSI don't overload the hand Carter doesn't like it so that was much as I thing yeah and we have a little hand carding lessons but I'll go through it again you just grab the very edge at first and then you work your way over lapping your Carter's a little bit more but it's not really so much of a dragging as like a scooping there's a little purple left on there that's pretty I was trying to keep with just kind of simple colors but I didn't I didn't want it just to be black and white it needs to have some life in it reflecting you know the Sun and stuff on the woods around the bunny so this will be our dark dark pile just set that right there and then our medium will be oak the pale mint the paler mint in your kit and this color which is actually called pale so I'll blend these together take another little sort of section of each I think I'm using about for each of these different sets of colors I'm using about a third quarter of the amount of fiber and that was in your kit so this is like our medium shading on our rabbit doesn't take me a little longer because I didn't layer them as much so I'm basically blending three colors that are similar in value to create a warm grey that I feel like works well with the color family in the whole painting just kind of restock it and then my light is going to be white pale and mint just Eve just a little bit in case I need that for something and then of course I'll also use some pure white in places this is like when I'm painting a picture I have three mixed colors on my palette just so that while I'm painting I have a whole bunch of fun puddles to pull from not to stop and card plus it gives you consistency across your whole piece if you can if you're going to blend colors to prepare enough at once to use so that that color whoops that color stays consistent throughout the whole piece so this is a nice I love the way the um the pale and the that mints come together to create a really soft white okay those are three piles you bring my picture back into the scheme of things alright before we start the bunny we want to get some background stuff going on in here so this wool is quite darker than the pre felt that I used for this so I had to darken this up a lot in this one I think I'll put a little bit of black just behind the head just to really pop that um I'm going to make that contrast pop and then maybe right here too I'm just getting that start just stick in there when you're painting with wool or with paint whatever you're using you want the highest well there's no rules but to draw the eye you want the highest amount of contrast where you want the focus to be so on this Bunny painting I created the highest amount of contrast here by having black next to white and black next to white because those are the two most extreme values and then as I get to the edges I let um let the values be more similar and maybe I'll put a little bit of black down here all right so I have a mix of locks and I pull them into the frame hopefully and I'm going to find my darkest ones and bring them out of these black spots well before I do that you get a little more background colors here just let that natural black blend over the black let the fringe lay on the black to make that transition between the black and the gray of the three felt so you don't have like just black chunks and get my punch tool see this is why we're going to happen better soul system okay and then we do the same back here it doesn't matter if your darks overlap your rabbit a little bit that's the cool thing about doing the background first because then your subjects in this case the rabbit um just goes on top of it hi I'm probably not going to needle felt quite as much as you will at home because it's just a lot of stabbing and for the sake of the video we want to move on so I'm letting the locks create some foliage by using the natural tips oh I want to get the yarn in there not following my own direction okay forgot about my yarn and your kit will have some variety of yarn it's going to be not always the same um it'll be something fun and interesting but it won't always be the same so yarn is just a real easy way to get some interest and variety pull up this one and you're going to want your little scissors around today so think twigs let it be irregular you don't want it to be too perfect it's it's a happy little training pop rocks let's say it's just doing its thing don't stifle it and then some of the yarns will be applied so you can actually create branches by pulling the plies apart and having a few different thicknesses let some parts travel off and some parts and on and then I can further pull apart this is I love making branches like yarn I like to put the yarn on before really the locks because the locks will help fold it on better let's see let's do another one of these oh this one's fun and another one of these back here actually I think I'll leave this one twisted and let it just travel I love this one with this gray and brown because it kind of looks like Frost is hit alright so now we have some fun things happen a little bit of natural black off this forehead and then we can further embellish now in the wet in our wet felting tutorial I did a really fun locky background wet felted which you can do but we're just needle felting today so we're doing it this way so you want to pull the lock apart and it just depends on if risen out of look like yeah it'll felt easier um but I'm trying to get kind of skinny branch to looking pieces so like this is something so I'm trying to UM pull the moat you know the most skinny piece I can let's find something really different like this silver lot once I get a few darks on I might do something on the lighter side I'm going to be digging around for my tools a lot I'm just kind of let that one fall where it will and we have a different let's see try and make sure I find all kinds of cool stuff this is fun this is a more of a fuzzy fuzzy wool not so much a lock but still it's right off the sheet and it goes from gray to a blonde tip so that would be cool to kind of blend together some of the areas where we're moving from you know are felting into our pre felt like like back here so you can spend a lot of time having fun with this this is like the fun part to me this real playful like I said you're probably going to do more a little more punching and felting than I am right now I want to put something to one this what's this one I just want to blend this I have a high contrast right here and so since it's off to the edge of my painting I want to kind of blur that contrast a little bit and you can let things run into your rabbit it's going to look more natural if the left rabbit is overlapping a few things okay so that's a good amount of stuff going on I might review with it later love that okay before I start layering in the rabbit I want to get the eye I just feel like it's really going to help me um visualize where everything is so as with the paint and oil painting anyway not so much watercolor I like to get my darks in and then because I want them to be just kind of thin and in the background and then I want the lights to pop off so I'm going to take my black and I'm going to make my eye and to do that I'm just going to use you can use a variety of tools I'm going to use the Zoli tool and just wrap a simple little circle this is one of the ways that you can shape wool to D is to pre kind of pre shape it and then when I put it on there it's gotten nice you know distinct edges and then also cut the wool um and we will do a lot of cutting a bowl the eye is pretty much centered maybe slightly further forward um between the nose and the back of the head slightly closer to the nose so just get that in there and then I'm also want to put the dark that's to the inside of the ear here so I'm going to take some black core and this time I might just fold it to control the shape of it and lay that there so this is this is interior this is still like interior meaning things are going to come on top of it but I want it to be there because it's hard to go back and put that in and see where else is it dark I think that's really we got all the really black darks in there's going to be a little one we can go ahead and put it I'm not sure if it's going to stay there we might need to redo it where the nostril is what about the other the second year the second ear um it does get black and we can put that there on but that is that is a coloring more than a shadow every once in a while you're going to need a single needle the nose this little nostril week we need a light in here cuz I'm trying to zoom is lower than the eye it's about halfway between the eye and the line at the bottom of the head it's very forgiving all right next time we pause we'll grab a light and see if it Hey I think the camera is picking up you think it is okay feeling like I feel like it's maybe because the Sun went down like it's a little dark okay for this other ear I'm taking my black and I'm folding it to control it into the shape that I need but I'm trying to get this just this black this is the back of the OP of the far ear we're seeing the back of that year and that's the coloring on it so I'll just go ahead and get that in there all right cool it's fun all right you

Needle Felted 2D Snowshoe Hare Part One: Layout and Background
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13 thoughts on “Needle Felted 2D Snowshoe Hare Part One: Layout and Background

  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Milo can you please do a tutorial on the hummingbird you can't show us a beautiful hummingbird picture and not do a tutorial on it!! That is one beautiful picture that has inspired me so please please please do it from start to finish

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    The voice is messed up – can you fix that?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    What are you using for your base? It looks like poster board.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    I'm 72 years old and I'm in love, lol. Oh my gosh, I love your wonderful art. I was watching Lia Griffith and that's how I found your channel. I am so happy. I will have a busy winter making flowers and needle felting animals. I love your little helper also, so cute. Thank you so much, from Canada.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    i love you two 🙂 xx

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    It's amazing that such bright blue colours blend in and work so wonderfully

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    I just bought 2 dog brushes as wool carders for £5 lol they do exactly the same job too, saved me approx £30-50 though so I'm stoked

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Can this type of felting be done on material such as cotton or canvas?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    This is just fabulous. Its like you read my mind. I have been trying to teach myself how to 2D needlefelt pictures. I was doing a landscape but this helps me understand what to place first in the picture and understand the use of yarn for trees and such. Do you think you might ever do a needle felted landscape? Thanks so much for these helpful tutorials.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    merci beaucoup pour cette vidéo

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