Saturday, April 25, 2015

Repast for a Butterfly

In keeping with a pledge to myself to revisit works that were started many moons ago but that took a backseat to pressing exhibit deadlines, I finally completed this work, "Midday Repast".
This is a 23"x35.5" whole cloth, hand painted quilt that was executed on a piece of painter's canvas drop cloth that I was able to salvage from a room painting adventure.  Thus, there is a big, flat-felled seam right down the middle.    The background was achieved by using Setacolor transparent fabric paints from Dharma Trading Company.  The flowers were made by using a combination of Sharpie permanent markers  from Staples and acrylic craft paints mixed with fabric medium.  The work is heavily contour quilted with a combination of polyester and cotton threads..  Instead of making a binding, I chose to face this so that there would be no defined border.

Along the way, I have kicked myself for creating this work on canvas that had a fat, flat-felled seam down the middle, but I must say that it is consistent with my desire to recycle and/or upcycle as much as possible.  A drop cloth that would have otherwise been tossed into the back of the painter's truck and probably made its way to the dump is now paying colorful homage to nature.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the work.
 Thanks for visiting and...
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2015.  All rights reserved


  1. I love how you used an used drop cloth as the base of this artwork. The painted detail of the artwork is amazing as well as the detailed quilting. Well done, Linda! I'm looking forward to seeing what other treasures you complete.

    1. Thanks, Mia. One down, a mountain to go :-)