This easy 2D needle felting gnome wool painting for easy wool painted canvases has quickly become one of my favorite new crafts!
2D Needle Felting Gnome Wool Painting
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have discovered a super fun new way to make gnome crafts. This 2D needle felting wool painting method is just the bees-knees, it’s so easy, fun and really gets the creative juices flowing.
You can make holiday gnomes, full landscapes or just a simple farmhouse gnome to add to your collection of gnome DIYs. And all in just a few minutes with this really great wool painting method. If you’re ready to make your own gnome wool painting, let’s get started.
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Tips for Painting with Wool
- When you start your painting (whether making a needle felted gnome or any wool painting), roll the loose end of the wool to tuck the loose edges under the first section you plan to needle felt. Additionally, when you’ve exhausted one length of wool and you’re starting a new length, I recommend you roll the loose end under again, to keep your wool painting smooth and clean, reducing any flyaways.
- A great way to add a professional look is to define your edges by felting a little more around all of the edges, to make them sharp and crisp. It works kind of like outlining a drawing with a sharp line, making your needle felting painting look cleaner. And there’s nothing to it – just poke it some more with the needle along the edge to really tuck that wool roving in.
- When you switch from one area to another, transitioning for example between the body and hat of your gnome, you may want to define your transitions. Again, this is just done by poking a little more at the edge of each transition, really locking those fibers in. This will help each color stay within its own “boundary” and make each section pop.
- If you want less-defined transitions, where the colors blend together, avoid heavily felting the first color before beginning the second color, then felt them together to blend them. I did not do this in my video, but I did play with the technique and it’s as simple as it sounds.
- Before ending a section of your gnome, as you are poking all the loose ends away, make sure to go over everything again in each section to make everything even and smooth. I recommend tackling this smoothing activity with the larger needle handle that holds a larger number of needles at once. As a good rule of thumb, the larger needle set should be used for smoothing the entire piece (or large sections) because that will give you a more consistent texture than the single needle will.
- To add thicker elements like the nose, you can form the shape away from your canvas and then attach the element (the nose) to your painting When it’s complete. You do this by either felting on the attached tail of wool roving or add a layer or two of wool on top of the new element to use to needle felt it to the painting.
- If you can, it’s best NOT to cut the wool roving with scissors ever. Just keep felting the wool or gently part and remove a piece of the wool roving, if there’s just too much on the piece you’re working.
Where to Find Templates for 2D Needle Felting Wool Painting?
You can certainly sketch your own gnome for a fun wool painting template. But, if you’d find it easier to work with a shape that is already made, you can grab any of these (or the other) gnome drawings that are available in the Ruffles and Rain Boots shop!
- Cute and Simple Gnome Head and Beard
- Chubby Little Gnome with Shoes
- Sweet Gnome with a Curled Hat
- Graduation Gnome
- Medical Heroes Gnomes
- Modern Christmas Gnome
What Supplies Do You Need to Make a 2D Needle Felted Gnome Wool Painting?
There’s really not a lot of supplies needed, but here’s the items I felt like I needed before I could start:
- Multi-Color Wool Kit (just so you have bright colorful options)
- Needle Felting Pad (other tutorials I watched said you could use a folded up towel, but I felt more comfortable with the pad)
- Grey Wool Roving (for hats and shoes, beards – this is really handy)
- Needle Kit (because who has these needles for any other purpose?!)
How Do I Make this 2D Needle Felting Gnome Wool Painting?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a gnome crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our 2D needle felting gnome wool painting video tutorial.
More Fun Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Fall Shelf Sitter Gnome Pattern – Super simple and absolutely stunning, this fun pattern makes a great fall themed gnome in minutes!
- How to Make Gnome Stickers with Cricut – If you’ve ever been curious about making stickers, this is the easiest way to knock that out!
- Gnome Napkin Ring Tutorial – For the holidays, you can really make a splash with this gorgeous napkin ring set!
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