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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 April 2016
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617451478
  • Stock: 30 in stock
  • Size: 203x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 180
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £17.99
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Hand Printing Studio

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A Visual Guide to Printing on Almost Anything by Betsy Olmsted

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Create irresistible designs for your home with hand printing! Bring out your inner artist with 15 modern projects for your home, from a galvanised planter to glass vases and sweet floral curtains to a printed coffee table.

Create irresistible designs for your home with hand printing! Bring out your inner artist with 15 modern projects for your home, from a galvanised planter to glass vases and sweet floral curtains to a printed coffee table. A complete visual guide will teach you the secrets of block printing, screen printing, and disperse dye transfer techniques. Start with 12 charming patterns you can use right now, and branch out to sketch your own designs. Getting your hands messy, experimenting, and finding the perfect object to print on is all part of the fun!

- Complete visual guide to DIY printing! Make over any surface with block printing, silk screen, and disperse dye transfer
- Bring out your inner artist and explore new design ideas with this fun and freeing project book



Make your mark and print on “almost anything,” as the cover says, with this useful primer. Learn how to do various types of printmaking techniques and decorate fabric, metal, glass, wood and even skin!

This is a well laid out book that is easy to use and get good results from. Three basic techniques are covered, namely block, screen and transfer printing, and each chapter includes several projects (fifteen in all). To begin, there is an overview about designing, including repeats and different types of image, various options to actual drawing and color mixing. There is another chapter that deals with what to print on, including a helpful table so you don’t buy the wrong product. The three main sections firstly teach you what you need to buy and how to use it, and then offers several projects covering different aspects of it. The author has a fun, chatty style of teaching, and instructions include enough staged photographs as well as tips for getting it right. Designs are fun and modern, and items to print on are very varied. These include a metal garden planter decorated with a repeat design of snails, a tomato-stealing squirrel cushion, seedpod kaftan, triangle printed coffee table, a bandana with a bison and the author’s young children printed to look like animals. Full-sized patterns are included at the back, and there is even a page suggesting ways of selling your wares. In short, this is the type of book that makes learning a new skill accessible and enjoyable by telling you what you need to know to do it well, but not swamping the beginner with a superfluity of information. One for the keeper shelf.

Library Journal USA

Here textile designer Olmsted introduces three techniques of hand printingblock printing, screen printing, and transfer printing. The first chapters cover basics of design, including techniques for customizing and choosing and blending colors, followed by an overview of tools and supplies used in hand printing, including surfaces, inks, and dyes. The next three sections, one for each type of printing, feature a summary of the technique and a series of projects for practicing it on an array of surfacesmostly fabric but also wood, metal, glass, paper, carpet, and even skin (the reptile bird children tutorial involves stamping a curved pattern onto a childs skin ­employing ­temporary tattoo ink). Clear instructions and detailed photographs help guide crafters through the process; the projects range from sweet and whimsical (a tomato thief squirrel block printed on a pillow) to abstract and sophisticated (watercolor designs transfer printed on carpet squares and ribbon). VERDICT Crafters interested in exploring diverse techniques of hand printing will appreciate Olmsteds all-in-one approach; those with a specific interest in one method may prefer a more focused guide.

Karen Platt- yarnsandfabrics.co.uk

Whatever you want to print on, this book shows you how. Find 15 hand-printing projects for your home plus 12 ready-to-use patterns. This is a fresh, beginners guide to printing at home. This book is split into the following chapters: Creating Designs, Surfaces and Materials, Block Printing, Screen Printing, Transfer Printing, Selling, Patterns and Resources. It is structured with tips and techniques throughout to get you started. There is even printing on skin. The book is well illustrated throughout and easy to follow.

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