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. 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:
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? 🙂
And as with all good blog hops, I’ve got an awesome giveaway for your! 🙂
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 🙂 and you’ll be in the running to win some awesomeness! 🙂
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.
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:
- Playful Fabric Printing for super cool advice on monoprinting and color combos (plus tons more)
- mini oval Gelli Arts plate
- two colors of paint – one transparent, one opaque
- sponge brushes
- a piece of paper
Enjoy the video, leave a comment and have fun printing! 🙂