Let’s just cut to the chase. If you don’t already have Intentional Printing: Simple Techniques for Inspired Fabric Art by Lynn Krawczyk, just go ahead right now and order it from the publisher, Interweave/F+W Media, here. Four reasons why you will be glad you did:
1. It is a great book for someone who has never tried printing. Lynn really does share simple techniques that can result in very complex designs. But for those familiar with printing, there are pages full of inspiration and encouragement to try something new.
Photo from Intentional Printing courtesy of Interweave/F+W Media.
2. You don’t need to invest in a lot of new “stuff.” For instance, you don’t need a pool noodle to do decay printing. Use what you have is Lynn’s motto. However Lynn does names names (one of my pet peeves in other books that do not) of products she likes and uses.
3. Her message is very positive. Try this and see what YOU like, choose colors YOU like, don’t let other dictate what YOU think is beautiful.
4. Most importantly, Lynn talks about the push-me, pull-me aspect of printing fabric which to me is crucial to printing interesting fabrics. By this I mean that she discusses how to create a layered printed design that is simple, yet evocative. But she also shows you how to keep pushing – to really think about how to bring aspects of the printing to the fore or to push them back with different colors, images, or lines.
I have my own way of painting and printing fabric honed over more than a 1000 yards of white fabric, but I decided to try and print intentionally on small pieces of fabric (one of Lynn’s tips for success).
A printed fabric to use as a background in three easy steps!
Then I made a screen from Lynn’s coffee cup graphic in Intentional Printing (enlarging it a bit since I wanted to mount it to a 10×8″ stretched canvas) even though my Thermofax (on its last legs) didn’t make a very good screen. I just filled in the cup with paint, did a little hand stitching, followed her clever directions to MistyFuse the artwork to a canvas and voila, a new artwork for my coffee art wall. I might still paint the edges of the stretched canvas per her directions, but I do like the stark white around the artwork. It’s shown on my work table, but now it’s on my coffee art wall.
I had so much fun with the coffee cup graphic that, with Lynn’s permission,
I brewed up the
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Jamie Fingal’s blog is the next stop today on the blog tour for Intentional Printing. Check out the small art quilt she made using Lynn’s techniques.