Rivers of Red

16 Oct 2010
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"Rivers of Red"
by Susan Brubaker Knapp (2010)
39" x 50.5"

White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton threads, wool/polyester batting. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted. Based on an original photo of a coleus leaf.


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“Rivers of Red”
39" x 50.5"
(2010). Original design.
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton threads, interfacing, wool/polyester batting. Free-motion machine quilted.


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csmucker wrote
on 17 Oct 2010 8:54 PM

This is absolutely awesome!  What a beautiful work of nature.  Kudos to you!

edyth wrote
on 19 Oct 2010 12:06 AM

Very unique,  not an easy plant to paint;  & then to portray with fabric & paint. Just beautiful ! ! ! 

gail moss wrote
on 20 Oct 2010 1:01 PM

Both this piece and the one before are absolutely beautiful just as all your work is.... Would love to take another class with you again someday...

on 28 Oct 2010 8:37 AM

Susan, this is so beautiful! And wonderful for this time of year. I love all the colorful fall leaves.

on 19 Nov 2010 7:10 AM

Thanks for the including the great detail shot. It really shows how you used the quilting to enhance the feel of the different color blocks in the work. Care to share what brand of textile paint you used? I'm having a hard time getting colors as intense as what you've done. Great sense of color, compostion, and textural interest with the quilting in this piece!

on 29 Nov 2010 11:10 AM

Amazing work. It looks so life-like!

on 29 Nov 2010 7:00 PM

Nancy, I use a lot of different brands of fabric paint or soft-bodied acrylic paint: Liquitex, Stewart-Gill, Setacolor... but this was Jacquard Textile Color. And a bit of Jacquard Lumiere. I don't usually add any fabric medium when I paint... I often use the color straight out of the jar!