Twelve bits of advice for the novice wool artist

Where to begin? What to do when something doesn’t work as you want? These and other questions novice artists ask themselves, when they have a desire to start wool painting. So, what to do in this case? Here is some advice.

Advice #1. It is never too late to start painting with wool. There are many examples of artists whose talent bloomed during adulthood.

I give the example of myself. I never studied painting seriously; I don’t have an art degree. As with all children, I drew in daycare and in took drawing lessons from primary to high school. When my drawing lessons ended, I completely abandoned this craft. It was when I was almost 30 that I started to create pictures from wool and have now made this art form into my full time job. I create different paintings, take part in different art shows and exhibitions, teach classes, and write tutorials. Learning to create wool paintings much easier that it seems at first glance.

Advice #2. Painting is a creative and rather laborious process. So be patient and do not lose faith if you fail. Everything will turn out well in due time.

And drawing is nothing more than analysis. Every minute – analysis, comparison of their work with the nature; a comparison of their early works and those that are now, with those to which we aspire. The creative process implies a certain duration, and for many artists the creative process lasts a lifetime, modifying and improving. Remember this and do not wait for super-fast results.

Advice #3. The result is proportional to the effort invested. The more you practice making art, the faster you gain confidence and experience.

This advice smoothly follows from the previous point. If you become despondent when your results don’t meet your expectations, just remember the more you practice, the faster you gain confidence and experience.

Advice #4. Move from simple to complex. Don’t try to take on an obviously difficult task too soon, how attractive they would not look at first sight.

Don’t have enough experience and knowledge, you risk not to cope and this will only lead to disappointment. Start with something simple and, step by step, add more complexity to your tasks.

Advice #5. Everybody should begin with copying the work of others. Start and you!

It’s better to start to create wool paintings from lessons of an experienced master, whom you have chosen for yourself as a mentor. If you ask me who were my teachers, I tell you of three great Russian artists. I took several lessons from each.

Advice #6. Don’t buy a lot of materials to start, especially expensive ones. You will be shackled by the feeling that you are obliged to issue a “masterpiece” the first time and you don’t have the right to make a mistake in your work.

Advice #7. Don’t be too shy to ask for advice! After all, you are focused on the result, so ask your tutor for feedback.

Many of us are modest and shy by nature, we are afraid of disturbing people. We think that they are not up to hearing our stupid questions. This is not so; it’s just our fears and doubts. A coach or a teacher may have a shortage of time, but I’m sure that each of the teachers of wool watercolors will be able to answer your questions or give advice.

Advice #8. Increase your skill level. Learn about color, composition, air perspective, light-shadow pattern. It does not matter what you paint with wool or paints. For all fine techniques, laws are one.

Advice #9. You cannot embrace the immensity. Especially for one sitting. Do not overdo it, otherwise quickly burn out and will not achieve the desired result.

It is desirable to distribute the amount of information absorbed for some length of time. Even better, if what you have learned, you will be able to consolidate in practice. Note that a person well remembers only that information that he can use. That information that does not find application in reality, is quickly forgotten, even if it is very useful.

Advice #10. Filter the criticism of your work.

There are a lot of negative in social media these days. Reading too much negative feedback and your self-esteem may fall. But you can’t do without all criticism, we need it to improve our work and become more professional. That’s why you should pay attention only to significant comments and do not take the rest to heart.

Advice #11. Inspiration is always around us. Many artists who already have done a fair amount of work are sometimes still afraid to start their own practice. Perhaps, there wasn’t such an idea that would inspire them, swallowed them whole. And they would like to try to draw just this, because it came from within. Where to search the inspiration?

Little is born out of emptiness and this is a fact. The more we see, the more different ideas arise in our head. Fill yourself visual images and emotions. Get a creative notebook and write down everything that hooked you and worried, that you like, what attracted your attention or made you think, etc. One day all these thoughts will germinate and poured something which is yours.

Advice #12. Practice! Practice! Practice!

And finally: create, improve and have fun with the process!