I am just finishing a bear at the moment with a felted face, has anyone tried using oil paints to finish of the features on their face? I am looking some some very soft features to finish off. :pray:
Is so, what technique and brand paint has worked best for you?
Any comments are welcome. thanks.
Yes! Bruno had his eyelids painted. As you don't use much paint the effect can be as soft as you want. I wanted a heavier look but its up to you. I don't even need to use the right coloured wool as the paint works so well you can make the felt any colour you like. As to the paints, I've just got a cheap set from the local 'cheap' shop. It really works well. I have'nt got many wool colours as I don't need them to be spot on if I use the oil paint technique. Let us know how you go on.
I did on my totally felted whimsical bears......but it was a brush that only had about 5 bristles, ( I cut off the rest....) and then after I brushed the brush practicaly dry I tested it on my arm.....if it was too visible I brushed it again over the paper towels....
Actually- I just followed Shelli's directions.....
The hardest part for me was that I kept getting paint on my hands, and was afraid it would transfer.....so I have to have lots and lots of paper towels, and since I do everything in the living room, I don't do it when the hubs is around.....I plan on things like that for when he is at work.
Also on some mini's I found thatva little goes a long long long way-I thought that a mini would be less forgiving but even then it looked like I was too heavy handed.
just my thoughts
let us know how you do....
I agree with Amanda and Dilu. I've used oils on felted mohair with good results as long as you only use the smallest amount and almost wipe it all off. I found that if the felt went a bit fluffy I could just trim it back.
For you gals in the UK, I don't know if any of you have a shop near you called 'The Works'. It's a great shop for picking up reasonably priced artist materials like oil paints, paper etc but I just discovered their range of artist brushes. They come in single packs about 99p each and the scrubber brushes come in tiny sizes, perfect for applying oil shading to your bears.
Good adice given here already. If I may add to this, airbrushing is of course, my favorite way of adding shading due to the extreme soft effects you can get. If you don't want to go this route, oils and acrylics work great...even markers.
The basic colors for numerous combinations of effects are : Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, and Black. With these colors , you can layer and mix them to get almost any color perfect for animals.
I think the key to super effects is layering. Build up your layers of colors, very lightly. If you put too much on somewhere you can always felt over it and redo it.
Very nice bear Karen. What a sweet expression, and I love the colors.
Thanks also for sharing the info about spotlight pens. I did not know about those.
I use acrylics mostly but have used oils on a recent bear. I will show you photos just as soon as I can. The oils I bought weer in the artist supply section at Hobby Lobby. They come in a tube. The brand name is Alexander. A very small amount goes a long way. They have dried just fine but it did take a few weeks.
Karen wonderful face, too too cute
Matilda- ditto- although on my computer screen he was a little fuzzy I was still able to get an idea- you do the neatest things with your features- like Judi- I love his lips!
I think that basically what we are seeing- is that just about any medium will work and any way that medium can be used will work. That's really great for all of us. Judi is comfy with air brushing, but I feel very insecure with it, so need more practise, therefore I love oil paint crayons and acrylic pens and fabric markers and brushes and.....
Golly girls, it's like being back in kindergarten again We've come ful circle- and hopefuly we are all having as much fun now as we did then :wacko:
Thanks Everyone, its great to experiment and hear everyones successes and failures, we all learn that way. :clap: Thanks again.
Sorry Judi, hope I didn't lead you a stray there, didn't mean too, Spotlight is a chain of manchester and craft store here in Australia, the product is called Artcolor, it comes in tubes looks like they are from England.
Sounds like you have a wealth of places to get art products and supplies from in the US which we sadly don't
Yesterday I went to the annual Xmas fair in Claremont in Perth. I was there all of 30 minutes. Bought my supplies from the Teddy Tree . They always have a stall at all the fairs. Thank goodness.
Well anyway , I was only there such a short amount of time........Because......I wanted to get to Fremantle to check out this school for spray painting that is open in the' E shed markets' ,Fri, Sat, Sun. They offer a 2 day full day course in every element of spray painting. And then after , studio time , supervision and advise is available for all past students.
SO GUEST WHAT I'M DOING THIS SUMMER????? :dance: :dance:
where's the nananananana...na...na....smilie when you need one?
am seriously lagging behind in the workshop. So must dash. TA TA :dance:
Karen, sorry almost forgot. I love your bear. His eyes are truely lovely, and the shape of his nose is wonderful.
You did ask for comment. I'm loath to give it , but,( & I'm no expert) Its just that I have noticed something that I also have trouble with. So I thought that maybe you wont mind me mentioning it. It is the surface of his nose.
I have found it rather tricky to add extra fluff and blend it into the rest without the added being noticeable. I've been sliding my needle over and just under the surface to try and blend. Ask Judi for advise, I also am going to do the same. I really do love your bear and the paint job is great. :hug:
Fantabulous! I love that you have a school nearby that can teach this to you.
I wish I had Judi nearby.....
We will expect to see the good, the bad, and the ugly while you are in school- it will brighten up the dismal winter we are going to be having
I also love that everyone here is so willing to try new things!
I hope it wards of Alzheimer's