Monday, October 06, 2008

Book Review: Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth

This book is by Rayna Gillman. I got this book because I got the QA DVD about gelatin printing. This book is for people who are serious about making cool, funky pieces of fabric. There are a lot of great picts and some very simple ways to do this. You can use some very everyday stuff. You do need to invest in some specific fabric dyes. Amazingly, I saw a lot of it available at my local Dick Blick in Wheaton, IL. It is going to be so much fun doing technique backgrounds on fabric like I used to do on paper. I have recently realized that I am tired of paper backgrounds. Pretty much have done it all - nothing really new. Since I am still pretty new to fabric, I am enthusiastic about working on this medium. What I can do on paper can be done on fabric with some adjustments. The richness in color and the textures are out of this world. What might be old for some textile artists are pretty new to me. There are a lot of tips in this book with simple, easy-to-understand directions. This will be a great summer project for me. Can't wait to play. Would make for great swaps as well.

1 comment:

Rayna said...

Hi Crazy Art Girl! Thanks for your nice review of my book - someone pointed me in your direction. You'll have fun with it - and your kids will LOVE the gelatin printing!
Anything you can do on paper, you can do on fabric. Ironically, I am just getting back to printmaking on paper (see my blog post) - so whatever it is we do, we always need some variety.