Printmaking + Mixed Media: Simple Techniques and Projects for Paper and Fabric
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Reinterpreting traditional methods, this resource presents creative, affordable, and accessible techniques for mixed-media artists and printmakers of all experience levels looking to incorporate printed images onto paper or fabric. From screen printing to collagraphy to sun printing, the techniques are shown with step-by-step photographs and can be done without printing presses or special papers. A variety of projects are included to demonstrate a wide range of possible creations, such as fabric-arts books, hand-printed calendars, wall-art collages, aprons, holiday books, greeting cards, and more. For further inspiration beyond the projects, a gallery of completed works by the author and other artists make up the final portion of this resource.
you can achieve using the different techniques and materials is infinite, and all you need to start is an idea, some paper, and ink. Printmaking has been around since the invention of paper in China, almost 2,000 years ago. At its inception, it was a means of communication as it allowed for the mass production and dissemination of social, political, and historical ideas. Today, it is widely used as an artistic process. There are enough printmaking techniques in this book to keep you busy
process and move through it in a way that is personally inspiring to you. Choose Your Theme The first step to creating a work of art is focusing on a central theme. Your theme can come from anywhere, such as a trip you recently took, nature, the seasons, a beautiful landscape, or a loved one. Begin to think about the type of feeling you want your prints to evoke and jot down some notes and ideas. Once you settle on a theme, you’ll need to find imagery. Imagery can be your own photograph, a
or the photoemulsion screen-printing technique (see pages 48–49). Screen print all of the images with dark brown ink onto a new piece of light-colored cotton fabric using the technique on pages 52–53. Allow them to dry. 8 Machine stitch the pages back to back leaving an open edge in the middle of the fold area. Insert a piece of card stock or flannel into the opening to stabilize the pages and stitch the opening closed. Stitch the middle section of all folded placemats together to create one
adults, where she teaches printmaking and related mixed-media art. Her work has been published in books and magazines, including Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Somerset Studio and Legacy, plus she has exhibited her work in galleries. See more of her work at doritelisha.com. ACKNOWleDGMeNTS I would like to thank my husband, daughters, and friends who supported me and gave me the time and space (both literally and mentally) I needed to work on this project. I would also like to mention with
community college. While be- With just a small investment in a few tools, inks, ing introduced to several techniques, the part I and paints, you can begin printmaking right away! enjoyed most was when the teacher gave us the Take a peek at the chapters in this book and you freedom to print on “found papers.” Found papers will see that many prints can be made with mate- were anything I could find, not the specialized rials you probably already own. (and expensive!) fine art papers