Wholecloth painting or I’m obsessed….

I recently took Susan Brubaker Knapp’s class on wholecloth painting and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this technique. I think I’ve finally found a technique that I can do quickly. I loved the all fabric fusing technique but my tulip quilt took about a year to produce…I need things to move along faster than that.

I finished the class project and already had several ideas for other projects to do. The first project was a magnolia. I think this is the most perfect magnolia I’d ever seen….no blumishes, no brown stops, it was stunning. I think the bloom must have opened that morning and was waiting for me to take it’s picture.

I followed Susan’s instructions to the “T”. Enlarge image, trace image on tracing paper, trace image on PFD fabric and paint. Here is the first one I did. I’ll call it the study.











I think it turned out quite nicely. At first, I didn’t like it at all but I finished it and it started growing on me. There are a few things I’d change but over all I’m very pleased. I keep telling myself, it’s a learning process, let go. So, since this was a study I’ve moved on to the full size version I’ve been wanting to do. It will be approximately 30x 40 when it’s complete. Below is what I accomplished last week.











And below is what I accomplished this weekend.








Sorry photos are not so good. I took them quickly with my iphone when I didn’t have much light.

Things to remember:
-mix more paint than you think you will need
-test paint color on tester swatch—I have an open area on the side
-stop stressing-you can paint over it if you need to
-stop being a perfectionist



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