Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Today Christine Newell showed us how to make felt the “easy way” using water-soluble Artfelt potato starch based paper.
Here is our crafting journey this morning.
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What is Artfelt?
“It’s not needle felting. It’s not wet felting. It’s not fulling. It’s Artfelt and it is revolutionizing the way we felt. The artfelting technique utilizes Artfelt paper, a patented new paper specifically developed to ease and speed up the felting process.” – Artfelt.
Our beautiful Rachel modeling a large Artfelt shawl, available for purchase at The Company of Angels store in Costa Mesa, California.
For a $15 supplies fees, we had access to all the supplies to make our project today. The newly purchase variegated colored yarns were fun to use!
Christine gave us each a long piece of white Artfelt paper to design our scarves on.
I found Artfelt on sale here: one yard at $10.95 instead of the usual $18.00. If you bargain hunt online, I bet you can fish out some good prices.
Artfelt paper on Amazon.com
Here is a video I found online showing the process.
Here is a 6 page PDF background including instructions, FAQs on Artfelting:
Artfelt instructions from itsartfelt.com
Design. Arranging Fibers on Artfelt Paper
The atmosphere was filled with creative energy this morning!
Oma teasing open variegated colored yarn to decorate her long strip of Artfelt paper. This was her first layer.
Note: the layer facing downwards on the white Artfelt paper will eventually form one side of your scarf. The final layer that you leave on top will form the other side. I.e., your scarf will have two sides with two different pictures in the end.
Here is my first Artfelt project. I considered making several felted painting from this long scarf piece. I imagine cutting my long scarf piece up into several felted pictures after felting. Then again, this scarf has 2 picture sides, how can I display that to advantage? Hmm…
Rachel’s work in progress…
Antoinette’s design. Multiple layers were ready for tacking with needle and spraying with water.
Creating with friends. What a perfect way to spend a Wednesday morning.
Tacking Fibers to Artfelt Paper
Julie sparsely tacks her design onto Artfelt paper using a barbed felting-needle. This is to prevent the design from being moved when sprayed with water in the next step.
Christine giving Rachel’s piece a close examination. Is it ready to be sprayed with water?
The dry design is full of texture at this point. However, at the end of your project, the felting (in the dryer) will flatten everything somewhat. I am considering dry needle-felting my piece after this process is done, to add texture.
Spray Water on Your Project
Spray your project with a water from a spray bottle.
Peek underneath: be sure the water has soaked through the felt to your Artfelt paper.
Wrapping Up Wet Project in Plastic Saran Wrap
With the help of a friend, unroll plastic cling wrap /Saran wrap over your Artfelt scarf project. Be sure to unroll about 7 inches extra of saran wrap at one end before you cut off that plastic so you have enough wrapping to cover up your entire scarf later.
Rolling Up Moistened Artfelf Scarves
In the step pictured above, it is helpful to have a partner standing next to you with a spray bottle of water. As you roll up your Artfelt paper, your friend can help you spray some potentially dry spots on the bottom of your Artfelt paper.
At this point, check both ends of your “burrito” and tuck in any felt that protrudes beyond the edge of your plastic saran wrap. Any fiber pieces that touch will end up felting together in the dryer. You do not want that for your scarf project.
Next, insert that puppy into a sock and tie it up.
Toss those stockings into the dryer to Felt for um…15 minutes to felt without heat.
Um…is that right, Renuka? Ask her to confirm, I think that was right…15 minutes, no heat in the dryer.
The dryer at school was not working. Thank you Renuka for driving our scarves home and felting them in your home dryer.
“It’s the agitation, not the heat that felts the piece” is what I hear in the video tutorial above.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Tangerines are not to be included in the drying cycle!!!
By the way, thank you Heather for sharing the bounty of fresh tangerines from your tree with the craft group. Enraptured in the throes of creativity, I forgot to pick some, so I did not get any, sniff, sniff! – hint – – hint-
Now that our scarves were ready for felting in the dryer, our hands were free to create other things. Renuka made a valentine’s heart on a small square piece of Artfelt paper. No needle-felting, except for minimal work of tacking down the design with felting needle. Others thought it a good idea and made valentine hearts…
February 6, 2012. Gisela’s valentine heart, completed.
Next Comes The Boiling Water to Dissolve the Artfelt Paper!
Thank you Renuka for felting my scarf in your dryer!
Christine poured boiling water on the felted scarf to dissolve the starch based Artfelt paper. My first Artfelt scarf is completed. My daughter helped me pick out some remnant Artfelt paper stuck to the fibers (could use more hot water). Here is the result of my first foray into this medium…
[Disclaimer: Do not let my first shoddy result discourage you from attempting this relatively easy felting method! Check back this page next week, I will post the scarves made by others more capable in the group!]
Jzin’s first Artfelt scarf, drying on Californian palm tree leaves…
The fun part is I get 2 pictures per scarf, i.e., the scarf has 2 sides. The dilemma now is how to make that into a felted painting, would I have to chose a side and hide the other? Hmm…
Check back this page next week. I will see if I can get the others to let me photograph their finished scarves.
January 29, 2013. Rachel’s Artfelt scarf, completed.
January 30, 2013. Gisela’s Artfelt scarf, finished.
We started with a longer piece of Artfelt paper, but during the felting process, it shrunk somewhat into a shorter scarf.
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