from paper to fabric – printing my collages with spoonflower

I’m accumulating quite the collection of small collages. I’ve been thinking on them a lot lately and how I’d like to translate them into art quilts. It finally clicked to try having them  printed at Spoonflower. My dilemma, of course, is that the collages I make from paper and drawings are quite small. 

I decided to try anyway. I scanned them at 600dpi and increased their size in photoshop. Uploaded them to Spoonflower, messed with the size of each one and crossed my fingers. I got the printed fabric yesterday and to say that I am thrilled is an understatement. I am SO pleased with how they printed up and I have some ideas of what I want to do with them. (You know, once my energy comes back.)

Here are the results.

This is the original collage measuring 4″x6″:


And here it is printed on fabric, measuring 23.7″ wide x 36″ high:

The original collage about venus fly traps measures 5″ high x 11.5″ wide:


Here it is printed on fabric measuring 21″ high x 48.5″ wide:

And lastly, the original collage measures 5″ high x 11.5″ wide:

And the fabric printed version measures 33″ high x 80″ wide (I may have gotten carried away on the sizing for this one):

The colors on the fabric came out very saturated and that makes Art Brain really happy. I had them printed on Kona cotton so I know they can stand up so some surface design work like monoprinting and screen printing. Which, once I dig my studio out, I will gleefully attack them with. 

This gives me so many more ideas I can hardly stand it. It allows me to really merge my love of collage and art quilts like I never imagined. And I’m going to take these in a totally different direction from other textile art I’ve done. Lots of hand stitching and I may even attempt to tackle the sewing machine (but don’t hold me to that.)

Onward! 🙂

22 thoughts on “from paper to fabric – printing my collages with spoonflower

  1. Jeannie says:

    I love them, especially the Venus Flytrap! I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with them. Remember, listening to your body and respecting it when it says to rest is part of your treatment and cure. Sending hugs!

  2. Nancy H Burkhalter says:

    Lynne – they are all wonderful. Are you going to sell them? Great way to work with your art until you feel stronger. Hugs, Nancy

    • Lynn Krawczyk says:

      Thanks Nancy! I may sell them once they are complete but I have a long way to go before I get to that point. Especially since I plan to do a lot of hand work on them. But if I do list them for sale I’ll announce it here on the blog – thanks for asking!

  3. Sarah Ann Smith says:

    Random suggestion: You know Photoshop, right? Manipulate a duplicate of the original. Then use it to fill up all that blank space. Change the scale, blur it, do the various filters and distortions. Then cut and paste that into blank areas. After all you are paying them to print the whole yard, so why not? If it sucks, you’ve only lost a little time futzing on the computer. If you don’t know PS, and want to see what I mean, send me a jpg by email and I’ll do some fiddles to send to you.

    • Lynn Krawczyk says:

      Yeah I know photoshop. I guess I didn’t think about it for this time. I don’t think that I’d want to build out what I had printed but I could have had other projects printed in those spaces. Something to keep in mind!

  4. Jan canyon says:

    These turned out fabulous, but I just gotta ask, how much did they cost? I have been thinking about something similar. Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

    • Lynn Krawczyk says:

      Hi Jan,

      The cost depends on what fabric you choose to print on. I chose Kona cotton which retails for $19 and then I get the designer discount that brings it to $17 a yard. So it’s not cheap but I’m really happy with the quality of it.

  5. Ellen Parrott says:

    Lynn, these are great! If it’s not too much trouble can you elaborate on the whole process of the enlargement? I tried Spoonflower a few months ago and couldn’t figure out how to make my 4×6 photo fill a yard as a single image – I ended up settling for multiple small/mirror images and it wasn’t at all what I wanted. Cheers!

    • Lynn Krawczyk says:

      Hi Ellen,

      I think the biggest thing is the resolution that I scanned them at. I used the 600dpi resolution on my scanner so it let me enlarge them and they stayed pretty clear. So here’s what I did:

      1) Scanned original collage at 600dpi and saved it as a jpeg.
      2) Opened jpeg in photoshop and made the smallest dimension 15″.
      3) Saved the jpeg at a quality of 12. (At this point the image was over 30MB, which is huge.)
      4) Uploaded it to spoonflower and then used their sizer (the smaller/bigger button in the dialog box) to adjust to what I hoped would be a good reproduction.

      I don’t know if that helps?

      • Ellen Parrott says:

        I’m not sure it does but I’ll play around a little more and see if any light bulbs go off for me. Ack! Technology! 😆

  6. Mary Jo Kaszubinski says:

    Love these and am glad you are doing the little art things and the BIG rest & healing things. Peace & Love

  7. Doreen says:

    So glad you posted this, these are all beautiful….and to think they are going to be transformed yet again. I am a true believer that art heals; the anticipation of what is to become of these pieces will keep the creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Barbara Fox says:

    This is such a great idea! I have played around at Spoonflower, just for fun. And your choice of Kona cotton really makes your art stitchable 🙂 Using small creations with big results really appeals to me. Thanks for sharing your amazingly creative idea with us. BTW, I love them all but my favorite is ENOUGH. Please stay rested and enjoy your creative times!

  9. Deb Schlouch says:

    Lynn, thanks so much for this incredible inspiration! I tried this recently with photos (being a new grandmother & having loads of photos) and some of my art work as well, tried the linen/cotton, gauze, and silk. They were all incredible, I was so amazed & boy did the wheels start turning! I also wanted to enlarge more, so thank you for the process! Mahalo & Happy Creating!

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