Thursday, December 3, 2009

Purple Phalaenopsis in progress

Today, I finished painting my next orchid piece for the Fiber Art Options exhibition. It is a purple phalaenopsis orchid painted with acrylic paints on Pimatex PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton, which has a very tight weave and accepts paint well.

This piece will be about 24 x36" when it is finished. I am very pleased with how the painting turned out, and I can’t wait to start stitching on it!

I started with this photo that I took a year or so ago:

The photo I printed out, from which I worked as I painted, had a good deal more pink and red tones in it, which showed up in my painted version. I think I’m going to use a lot of bright purple thread to unify it a bit. The painted surface has so much detail that I’m not going to do my normal thread sketching on this piece. I’m just going to machine quilt it pretty heavily.

I’m so excited that I fear I will have to force myself to go to bed tonight, and not stay up until the wee hours working on it.


  1. It's looking really GOOD Susan! What brand of acrylic are you using on this one?

  2. This is going to be gorgeous, can't wait to see where you take it with your stitching.

  3. That is absolutely beautiful. You are one gifted and tallented gal.



  4. Wow, this looks as though it will be fabulous when you add your wonderful stitching! You go, girl!!

  5. Wonderful piece. I love taking photos of nature and using them in designs.


  6. I like your interpretation better than the photo! I do photography, paint w/acrylics & oils--though I haven't painted yet from one of my photos, and I quilt. I am so pulled to art quilts but haven't attempted painting on fabric to then quilt. Do you thin your acrylics so that the fabric doesn't become so stiff that, in my mind, would not be quiltable?

  7. The orchid pieces are stunning! I like the details of the stitching. You must be quite meticulous with your painting to have those nice veins.

  8. Tere, If you use acrylics created for use on fabrics, they don't change the hand of the fabric as much as regular acrylics would. Try Jacquard Textile Color or Jacquard Lumiere (metallics), paints by Stewart Gill, or the soft body Liquitex paints. Don't water them down with water or they will bleed. You can add fabric medium to extend them (make them go farther and keep them from drying as quickly).

  9. What a great job you did, I can't wait to see the finished product.


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