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Printing by Hand

A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens

By Lena Corwin, Thayer Allyson Gowdy (Photographs by)

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Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Other Information: 100 colour illustrations
Published In: United States, 29 August 2008
It s the natural inconsistenciesthe accidental differences between one finished piece and anotherthat make hand-printed fabrics, papers, furniture, and works of art so interesting. The quirks are what show the maker s intimate involvement in the process, and it s that unique quality that first attracted textile designer and illustrator Lena Corwin to hand-printing.

Even though decorative prints are more in vogue than ever, there was until now no up-to-date hand-printing guideno single source explaining the tools and materials that are used today, or reflecting a contemporary aesthetic. Corwin has given us that guide.

Using step-by-step instructions and up-close photos, Corwin teaches crafters everything they need to know to master stamping, stenciling, and screen printing, from making their own printing devices to trouble-shooting when plans go awry. Her inimitable collection of projects ranges from stamped stationery and simple-to-sew pouches, to stenciled tote bags and furniture, to screen-printed bed linens and upholstery fabric. There s even a silk-screened dog bed. The author has created original artwork for each project (full-size patterns are included in an envelope at the back of the book), so that every crafter can achieve the same beautiful results. Or maybe not quite the same. Remember: It s the subtle differences that make hand-printing so special and alluring.


About the Author

Lena Corwin is a Brooklyn-based textile designer and illustrator. She illustrated STC's Kids Crochet and Kids Weaving and has worked for a variety of other clients, including Marithe + Francois Girbaud, Calvin Klein and Jill Stuart, and for the magazines Glamour, Elle Decor and Martha Stewart Weddings. She lives in Brooklyn, USA.

EAN: 9781584796725
ISBN: 1584796723
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
Dimensions: 24.79 x 24.43 x 1.98 centimetres (0.91 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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11 review(s)
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This is a great book to get you started with printing. The author presents various techniques in this book which are:

- stamping with custom rubber stamps
- stamping with foam stamps
- stamping with carved rubber block stamps
- stencilling with freezer paper
- stencilling with contact paper
- stencilling with mylar stencils
- screen printing with paper stencils
- screen printing with drawing fluid and screen filler stencils
- screen printing with photographic emulsion stencils

I must say that I found (all) the projects to be very appealing and inspiring. You will stamp and print on paper, fabric and walls, using different paints and techniques. All techniques are explained in great detail, clear colour photos demonstrating all steps are also included. The author gives useful tips on how to avoid common mistakes made by beginners.

The book includes tables as guides for choosing the proper printing method, optimal artwork and surfaces as well as choosing the right ink or paint for each project. I found that information to be very useful as it points the beginner into the right direction.

The only downside of this book is that the author fails to explain on how to burn an image onto a silk screen. She recommends to charge a professional with burning the screen. Still, as this book is meant as an introduction for the beginner into printing, it accomplishes its goal without explaining how to burn a screen.

I highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to dive into printing - especially on fabric. It gives a clear view over all possibilities available for the home printer. The fabrics you see on the cover are those you are going to print in the projects plus a project for stationery (paper), a travel pouches (fabric), notebooks (paper), a t-shirt (fabric), a chair cushion (fabric), a dresser (wood), a lampshade (fabric), a wall, a dog's bed (fabric), an artwork to frame (paper) and an apron (fabric).
I have read much of this book, but haven't tried any of the projects yet - only because the book only arrived a couple of days ago. It has clear, simple instructions and lots of illustrations. There are pattern sheets so that you can use the author's designs to complete your own projects - knowing that you'll produce something that looks great, which is good for a first go, or else you can use your own designs. There is a good variety of project to complete, and information on different materials (paints and inks, fabrics, etc) and methods, including a couple of tables comparing methods and inks. I am very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend it for someone starting out with printing because of the simple instructions, or who has done a little printing before but would like new inspiration. I have done a bit of fabric printing before but have still found new ideas in this book.
Kerrie Trounce on
Great book. I have found this book to be not only well written but also very informative. I have never done any hand printing before and bought this book as a reference. My choice has turned out to be a good one as i am now not only printing but having a ball doing it. I would buy this book again if needed.
Holly McKee on
A fantastic book full of modern projects and inspiration unlike so many old fashioned printing books that are available. Easy to follow directions and plenty of pictures for those of us who struggle to follow written directions! A wide range of printing methods are explained, some that need lots of specific equipment others that you only require things found around most homes.
Altogether very helpful
Ella Dilkes-Frayne on
This is a really great book for beginners. It has great colour photos of each printing step and colour photos of the final product. It has several examples of projects for each printing technique, mainly with quite simple patterns, and it allows you to use these designs or make up your own designs. It also outlines what the best printing methods are for different types of designs.

To complete most of the printing projects in this book, you'll probably need to buy some products because they're unlikely to be the kinds of thing you;'ll have lying around at home unless you're already into printing. You'll need things like printing blocks, foam sheets, acrylic mounts, and maybe silk screens. But it depends on what kind of printing you want to do.

This book is great if you're looking to start printing for the first time, or if you want to expand your skills into new types of printing that you haven't tried yet. It's also just a nice book to have around for some simple inspiration.
Gorgeous book! I love it, beautiful images, nicely bound. I haven't tried any of the projects yet but it looks very easy to follow and has a good variety of printing methods to try.
Jo Hicks on
This book is gorgeous. The projects look do-able and useful. The pictures are lovely and the instructions clear. I love that it covers so many different techniques and mediums. I can't wait to get printing!
Lien Sim on
Beautiful layout and designs and useful spiral bound format. Easy to follow steps.
Terrie Hobday on
What a fantastic resource this beautiful book is! Great printing advice and gorgeous projects to follow. Great purchase!
Kirstine Oh on
This is a beautiful book and I only wish it was around 7 years ago when I was looking for information on printing on fabric (back in those pre-kids days when I had lots of time to dabble). The techniques are well explained and simple so you can start right away...and the ideas are great! It also goes into more complex techniques and I think it is a great introduction to fabric printing as a whole.

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