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“playful fabric printing” blog hop!


It’s always a thrilling thing when artists you know and love publish a book. But when they team up to co-author? Well. That’s just plain magic right there.Β  Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa have done just that and I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog hop for their new book Playful Fabric Printing.

Here is the schedule of everyone in the celebration:

January 23: Melly Testa
Jan 25: Lisa Chin
Jan 28 Chrissie D
Jan 29: Me! πŸ™‚

They have also set up a Facebook community for all us fabric nerds to hang out in. It’s good to be among your own kind, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

And as with all good blog hops, I’ve got an awesome giveaway for your! πŸ™‚

Leave a comment on this post by Friday Feb 3 for a chance to win a copy of the book and the two pieces of fabric I printed for this post (shown below plus a VIDEO showing the printing of said fabric.) Just leave a comment telling me something that makes you happy πŸ™‚ and you’ll be in the running to win some awesomeness! πŸ™‚


I’ve long admired Melanie’s work and spirit. I took a week long dye class from Carol a few years back and she completely changed my perspective on what I wanted to get out of classes and how to teach them.

One of the parts that I loved the most about their book was the discussion about colorways and how it changes the feel of the prints. I decided to focus on that and to make things a little more fun, I did a video of how I printed this fabric.

(I’ve started a YouTube channel. You can subscribe to it there to be notified when I upload more videos, I plan to fill it with all kinds of printing goodness. And plants too. Probably plants. Yeah, definitely some plants too.)

This is the two different fabrics that I printed using the methods in the video. Both with the same techniques but in two different colorways.

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Since I like printing abstract type patterns, they aren’t identical but similar enough. And while Carol and Melanie use thickened dye paste to print in their fabulous new book (seriously, it’s STUFFED full of information!), I’m using paint. Because I’m a total paint girl. Looooove me some paint.

Here’s some things to notice about these two fabrics:

  • Blue fabric: background printed in transparent paint, foreground printed in super opaque paint, high contrast color combination
  • Red fabric: background printed in opaque paint, foreground printed in transparent paint, monochromatic color combination

Big difference in appearance despite being printed with the same techniques. One of the things I show in my video is a type of monoprinting I personally love to do. I use paint blobs to back print onto other areas of the fabric. Take a gander in the video.

If you want to follow along with the video you’ll need the following:

Enjoy the video, leave a comment and have fun printing! πŸ™‚



69 Responses to “playful fabric printing” blog hop!

  1. Linda B January 29, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    Color,books,fabric,paper,creativity make me happy. Thank you for the demo video !

  2. Deb W January 29, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    I am happiest when the grandkids walk into the house and say “what’s for art today”. Let the memories begin.

    • GAW January 31, 2017 at 2:33 am #

      I love this quote…inspirational for when I become a grandma…20 or so years from now

  3. Briana G. January 29, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Oh, art makes me so happy, especially mark making and expressive art. Thank you for sharing this! How exciting!!

  4. Gail F. January 29, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    Wild prints 😜 on fabrics, clothing, linens, curtains, murals, posters, cards, websites, costumes, dishes, mugs, lamps – you get the picture!

  5. Kathy Schmidt January 29, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    Hugs from the grandson make me the happiest, but right next to that is playing with beautiful fabrics. Making beautiful fabric is what I want to do in the future and I think I need this book to help me do it creatively! Love your video and I’ve already learned some new things from it.

  6. Kristi Wodek January 29, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    Making art, being creative, pushing myself creatively makes me very happy. I love printing on fabric and am constantly amazed at all the possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Susie Krage January 29, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    Hey, Lynn,

    Great to hear from your creative self. Studio time is precious as you know. It is amazing how much you accomplish while holding a full time job! I look forward to seeing the new book from two of my other favorite creatives. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Whiskers January 29, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    At the moment, watching you play with such abandon on your video is giving me a giggle. And having my wheels un-stuck from the ice so I can GOOOOO. And I would need to go get supplies to play along.

  9. Robin Shilman January 29, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Bright colors and texture when working on an art project make my heart sing.

  10. Carol Sloan January 29, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    I love the colors of your fabric! What makes me happy – right now? A clean studio! A clean house! An uncluttered house and studio…I’ve been on a cleaning/organizing/get rid of things binge and my home feels so much lighter, as well as my head. It’s much easier to being some fabric printing/painting when your work table is clean. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

  11. Linda Wyatt January 29, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    Love the technique of ripping paper to create the negative space x design on the little oval gelli plate.

  12. Linda Wyatt January 29, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Forgot to add what makes me happy: when I use my own fabric in a project and it takes on a new life; the fabric looks so wonderfully different cut and stitched and combined with other fabrics

  13. Holly McLean January 29, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    I’d love this book! I do a lot of Gelli printing using my own stamps and thermofax screen designs.

  14. Anne January 29, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Playing with color and fabric and responding to the design instead of forcing my own makes me happy and often takes me somewhere unexpected with my creations. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your printing expeiences!

  15. Kristin Freeman January 29, 2017 at 9:58 am #

    The video stirs in me a desire to do some play with printing fabric today, another cold winter day. I look forward to reading the book and expanding my tool box of ideas for marking fabric.

  16. Linda Twichell January 29, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    moving into the season of renewal…. new projects, new ideas, new inspiration. Love this video , Lynn and Carol and Melli, the book looks great. Thanks for the ideas! I would be happy to dig into that stash. What am I saving it for? Go forth and CREATE! xo

  17. Linda McLaughlin January 29, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    I’m happiest when friends or grandkids come to play and make art in the studio.

  18. Paula Dean January 29, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    Color makes me happy! Any color! Every color!

  19. Jennifer January 29, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    What made me happy right now was being reminded by your great video that being creative and making art doesn’t have to be complicated. Thanks! I needed that!

  20. Ellen Robinson January 29, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Happy to be able to play with textiles on my off from work days. πŸ™‚

  21. Linda Fleming January 29, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Multi colored fabrics to bring some sunshine into dreary winter days!

  22. Beth January 29, 2017 at 11:49 am #

    The thing that makes me most happy is my family. However, I’m REALLY happy touching, using, manipulating fabric of any kind. I LOVE lots of color and am always on the lookout for a way to transform fabric into just what I need for my projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and your beautiful fabric. I’m definitely subscribing to your YouTube channel.

  23. Jody L January 29, 2017 at 11:49 am #

    I am happiest when playing with fabric and dyes. I am really looking forward to adding this book to my library, one can never have too many books or fabric or dyes πŸ™‚

  24. Kevin Womack January 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    Thanks for the video… Surface Design makes me happy!!

  25. Kathleen Ely January 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    So much inspiration!

  26. Gabriele January 29, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    I am happiest when I unwrap a piece of fabric that has been batching, and wash it out to see what surprise is there for me to play with! Pure Serendipity, pure joy!

  27. Julie Stowe January 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Creative time using any medium makes me happy! Thanks for another video!

  28. Julie Hallquist January 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    Colorful fabric makes me happy – – looking at it, petting it, cutting it, sewing it, and even making it!

  29. Donna January 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Lynn , your Facebook comments and photos of Carter make me happy!
    Your fabric printing is my style of working! Thanks for the video!

  30. Lynn Nimtz January 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    Color and fabric and making them come together makes me happy! Thanks for the video.

  31. Jo Vandermey January 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    What makes me happy is creating… Since I have been a child I like to make something and it usually has a story to it. So making my own fabric has been a double happy for me. Creating the fabric and th engetting to play with the fabric!

  32. Jan January 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Colour and playing with it make me happy.

  33. Carolyn January 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. New ideas make me happy …and inspired.

  34. Cathy January 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    One of my favorite things to do is to create and print surface designs! Thanks.

  35. Gill January 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Apart from art, walking with my husband along the banks of the river outside our home makes me happy!

  36. tracee January 29, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Watching my dog prance around with a new toy always make me laugh. Dogs are the best.

  37. Barbara Fox January 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

    I have been a fan of Melanie Testa for many years, since I first watched her on Quilting Arts TV with host Pokey Bolton (imagine that). I love her passion, her talent and her ability to inspire! This book, partnering with Carol Soderlund (another very talented fiber artist), should be over-the-top amazing! I do a minimal amount of dyeing fabrics but would love to zero in on dyeing with colors I really want–need to know the ins and outs of dye approach.

  38. Sylvia January 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    Happy is seeing our 4 grandchildren at the youngest’s 1st birthday party yesterday! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

  39. Kathy Bricker January 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Greetings from Commerce Twp! This all looks like great fun! I’m actually looking forward to trying some of these techniques on paper as well as fabric. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Liz Ozselcuk January 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    Color, texture, repetition of similar shapes. Adding a shiny gold layer to the printing project I’m working on now, once I get done cleaning my room/work area (which does not make me happy but is necessary). πŸ™‚

  41. catherine January 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    love playing with fabric and paint and seeing the different results .Thanks for your blog really enjoyed it

  42. Kathryn Robinson January 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    Looks like great fun!

  43. Janelle Marks January 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    Putting color and texture on fabric to create something entirely new makes me happy. This books looks fabulous and full of fun techniques.

  44. Linda January 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Enjoyed you video – thanks! I’m happy when in my studio & getting messy.

  45. Nancy Palumbo January 30, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Learning something new is one of the things that make me happy. So, this book would be at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Deb Berkebile January 30, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    WOWZERS! Love this! Love the process of paint, fabric and techniques! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  47. Jane Hartfield January 30, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    Loving my journey into surface design with paints and dyes! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Nancy January 30, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    Love the UFO concept. I have several of those. The idea of taking them and making them into something new and exciting is exhilarating

  49. Allison January 30, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    A cuddle with my dogs makes me happy each morning….and then we go outside for a walk! Love the video – very neat!!!

  50. Connie Campbell January 30, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    Creating anything makes me happy! Fabric and paints are always good together, thanks for sharing!

  51. Kathy Hunt January 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    I am so happy when my grandson’s first words to me are ” I love you, Nana, can we Art today?” He gets me!!! Happy dance!

  52. Ellee January 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Spending time with my grandchildren makes me very happy. Two live nearby, so I get to be with them a lot. The other three live far away, so I see them as often as I can manage. Also, designing a quilt gives me great satisfaction — and finishing a quilt makes me ecstatic.

  53. AmyScrapSpot January 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    Our awesomely fun sewing/quilting community makes me very heppy!!

  54. Stephanie January 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    looks fab! Thanks for the chance to win it

  55. Marti Meadows January 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Looks like a fantastic book! What makes me happy…husband, my kids and chocolate!

  56. Regina Dunn January 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    Being out in nature makes me happy. Looks like a wonderful book.

  57. Debra January 31, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    Great review. Thanks.

  58. LynneP January 31, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    Sunshine and blue skies make me happy these days! And of course, I love spending time in my studio.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  59. KARA PETERSON January 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    Lynn, you have a double gift–creativity AND the ability to share it well. Thanks!

  60. Barbara Israel January 31, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    What makes me happy? My two sweet grandchildren and being creative! Thanks for the video and sharing the technique you used to create the one fabric sample you posted. Love the look of the red one too. I like abstract patterns also. I appreciate an opportunity to win a copy of the book as well. It looks v v interesting!

  61. Mary AnnCox January 31, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Love the video. Can’t wait to try the techniques in the book

  62. Laurie Lasala-Tuttle February 1, 2017 at 12:37 am #

    I really enjoyed your video, and the process looks fun! Thanks for creating it!

  63. Libby Williamson February 1, 2017 at 2:09 am #

    Way super coooooleo!

  64. Denise Spillane February 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    Hello my favorite plant lady. I love printing and have (love) ypur book. I am so excited about this new one by Mellie. She is amazing and I can’t wait o try more. I love that you are using paint tool. I don’t really do dying. I hope I win a copy but will get it no matter. Hugs.

  65. susan hartl February 2, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    Going on this blog hop has inspired me to get my butt in gear and find my inner soul again. I need to finish organizing my lil area and I saw this book has tips on setting up your space and boy I could use that!!!!! Hoping……Mellie is so great!

  66. Pat T. February 2, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    So *many* things make me happy!!… My children, grandchildren, creating, art, color,….!!!
    (And, Lynn, I am happy, too, when I look at my treasured collection of your wondrous fabrics, Inked!! They are my inspiration! I want to dive into playing with fabric printing!)
    Pat T.

  67. Corie February 3, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    Color, hugs, lavender, and texture make me happy.

  68. Connie Akers February 3, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    Lots of smiles watching your video. NEED this book to add to my playhouse.

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