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Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projectsby Christine Schmidt
From Christine Schmidt, founder of Yellow Owl Workshop, comes a down-to-earth guide for creating sweet, homespun prints on all manner of surfaces, using simple, budget-friendly materials. (Yay, potato stamp!)
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This is a book for low budgets and high ambition. Read it and you will learn how to put images of things onto other things. You will start by rolling up your sleeves. Your shirt will be stained anyways. At some point, you will harness the power of the sun.
Go ahead, look inside. You will see that you do not need a fancy studio to print a T-shirt or a picnic blanket. There is no specialized machine required to print anything you want in any room you want. A mural, a dartboard, a deck of cards, these are all possible.
In a week or a month, you will wake up to find you know words like acetate and substrate. You will be comfortable talking about ink and shopping at military supply stores. Perhaps most important of all, you will be printing images of things onto other things.
A book for low budgets and high ambition from the founder of Yellow Owl Workshop, Print Workshop leads readers through a crash-course on printing everything from t-shirts to playing cards, with techniques, materials, and surfaces that can be used from home.
Frog princes, VW buses, and big bad wolvesand#151;these are the sorts of subjects that Heather Ross depicts on the fabrics she designs, which the sewing and quilting communities feverishly collect (with many fabrics going for huge sums on eBay once they sell out at traditional retail outlets). In Heather Ross Prints, a book-and-DVD package, Ross shares reproducible artwork for more than 50 of her most popular prints. She provides step-by-step instructions for 20 craft projects using the prints on the DVDand#151;everything from sea turtle stationery to a shower curtain covered with swirling mermaids. Crafters can use the artwork on the DVD as they wish, printing on fabric, paper, or whatever surface they choose. Plus, Ross teaches her process for designing fabric using Photoshopand#151;a boon to anyone who has ever dreamed of following in her footsteps.
Praise for Heather Ross Prints:
and#147;Wow. I get so excited flipping through page after page of amazing craft projects.and#8221; and#151;Babble.com
and#147;Crafters who like Rossand#8217;s aesthetic will appreciate her generous approach to sharing her art, as well as the creative ideas for incorporating unique, custom-made designs into their homeand#8217;s dand#233;cor.and#8221; and#151;Library Journal
and#147;Rossand#8217;s and#145;Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Digital Designs in Photoshopand#8217; is terrific, and will have you feeling creative and confident in no time. Not only will you know how to use the digital art on the DVD, you'll learn how to create your own!and#8221; and#151;Scrapbooking and Beyond magazine
and#147;The resources and ideas in this book will make any fabric-holicand#8217;s head just explode. So refreshing for an artist to offer up her designs and allow you to PLAY!and#8221; and#151;Generation Q Magazine
and#147;Heather Ross brings you to a magical place. Her illustrations immediately transport you to a dream world filled with unicorns, flowers and gnomes.and#8221; and#151;Babble.com
and#147;Nothing is more fulfilling than making things by hand for your babyand#8217;s nursery. But what to make? The answer to that question lies inside Heather Ross Prints, the latest craft book by celebrated designer Heather Ross. Itand#8217;s filled with highly original projects that will bring the handmade stamp of approval to your home.and#8221; and#151;DisneyBaby.com
and#147;The most interesting section of the book reveals Heatherand#8217;s step-by-step process of creating designs in Photoshop. With screenshots of the entire process, it is quite informative to snoop over her shoulder and see a scanned pencil sketch turn into a wonderful illustration and pattern design. For me, this section is the reason to purchase the book.and#8221; and#151;Uppercase magazine
and#147;The last section of the book, titled and#147;Resources,and#8221; would more aptly be called and#147;Free Awesomeness.and#8221; . . . Craft books are so plentiful these days that it can be hard to stand out from the pack, but Heather Ross Prints is, quite simply, a game changer.and#8221; and#151;Apartment Therapy
and#147;Heather Ross Prints includes cheerful and enchanting projects for interior decoration, small gifts and garments that are an inexpensive, easy and exciting way to introduce yourself to crafts or delve into new projects if youand#8217;re a DIY veteran.and#8221; and#151;Eco Salon
and#147;Flipping through gave me ideas I want to tryand#133;.and#8221; and#151;DesignMom.com
and#147;Most crafters will admit to elbowing someone out of the way at the fabric store to score the last yard of Heather Ross fabric. Guilty? Then you know why sewers and printmakers alike are going crazy for Heatherand#8217;s new book, Heather Ross Prints
and#147;What really makes the book worth buying is her willingness to walk you step by step through the process of designing and having your own fabric printed.and#8221;
and#151;Santa Cruz Sentinel
About the Author
Christine Schmidt is the founder of Yellow Owl Workshop, a company known for its distinctive designs printed with natural materials. Their products are carried in more than 500 stores worldwide, including Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Yellow Owl Workshop has been featured in ReadyMade, Martha Stewart Weddings, Daily Candy, Design Sponge, and Apartment Therapy. Chris lives in San Francisco with her husband, Evan Gross, and their two crazy mutts, Calvin and Clementine.
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