‘Playing with Surface Design’ review and giveaway!
If you’ve ever thought about creating your own fabrics, then “Playing with Surface Design: Modern Techniques for Painting, Stamping, Printing and More” by Courtney Cerruti is a book you should add to your library.
I’ve reviewed probably half-a-dozen books on printmaking and art quilting techniques, and “Playing with Surface Design” is exceptional in its clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful photography so you can learn visually as well as through the written word.
Cerruti takes the first chapter to discuss and demonstrate several different print-making techniques and materials. You’ll learn the basics of monoprinting, dying, bleaching, stamping, painting, marbleing and more. She also gives you instructions on how to do each of these techniques at home. We’re not taking about shapes cut into potatoes to make stamps. We’re talking tips for making your own gelli plate for monoprinting, using an old credit card as a paint brush and foliage as a resist. It’s more high art than kids crafts.
The second chapter is filled with 22 sample projects to get you comfortable with making your own surface designs. Not all of the projects are for fiber, but the techniques could easily be adapted to art quilting by tweaking the materials to paints and dyes designed especially for fabric.
For example, I’d like to try the marbled bangles technique, which involves dipping bracelets into a bowl filled with water and a few drops of your favorite nail polish, with some prepared for dying fabric and fabric paint and see what happens.
I’ve got one copy of “Playing with Surface Design: Modern Techniques for Painting, Stamping, Printing and More” by Courtney Cerruti to give away. To enter, comment below to tell me if you’ve ever tried to create your own fabric prints and how it went, or if you’d like to some day. This giveaway is limited to United States residents only. All entries must be in by midnight CST on Friday, May 22, 2015. Good luck!
This post contains affiliate links. Quary Books provided a copy of “Playing with Surface Design: Modern Techniques for Painting, Stamping, Printing and More” by Courtney Cerruti for review.