When I first started to create wool paintings, the important question of choosing an optimal base (substrate) remained open for a long time. I tried different types of materials and found that each has its advantages and disadvantages.
- Laminated paper is a smooth, glossy surface that has one big minus: the wool placed on it slips even from the slightest breath. That’s why, on my scorecard, I give this type of paper a big fat “0” because it will hinder the creation of a paintings more than help.
- Rough paper, used for watercolors, pastels or pencil sketches. When using this as a base, the wool slips less. In homes where there are children, you are certain to find a watercolor painting or a medium-density piece of cardboard.
- A plain natural fabric, like cotton, is another option. The fabric should be a plain non-patterned cloth, so that the print does not interfere with the wool layout. Cotton is generally very friendly with wool. Its small outer pile clings well to the wool fibers, preventing it from rolling off the cotton’s surface. For ease of use, you can glue the fabric to a surface, like the frame’s backing, so the fabric doesn’t move while working on the wool painting. A glue stick works best for this. If you use liquid glue, it will be necessary to wait until it dries before you can create the picture.
- Flezilin. You can also use special materials so that the wool does not slip on the surface, such as non-woven fabrics. Women who sew know it. When creating paintings from wool, specialty materials can work well. They should be glued to the backing’s surface, before you start work on the wool painting.
- Paper towels. These are easy to glue down, can usually be found in every home and are very economical. The main advantage is that the wool fibers don’t roll down, even when the picture is stood vertically, without the glass placed over the wool.
Summing up the above, I enjoyed testing different materials that might be used as a substrate (base). The main consideration is that the wool fibers do not slip off whatever is used. Feel free to experiment with other materials not listed, to find the perfect one for you. After crafting many pictures, I found what worked best for me, and my choice was paper towels.