Make your mark and print on “almost
anything,” as the cover says, with this useful primer.
Learn how to do various types of printmaking techniques and
decorate fabric, metal, glass, wood and even skin!
This is a well laid out book that is easy to use and get good
results from. Three basic techniques are covered, namely block,
screen and transfer printing, and each chapter includes several
projects (fifteen in all). To begin, there is an overview
about designing, including repeats and different types of
image, various options to actual drawing and color mixing.
There is another chapter that deals with what to print on,
including a helpful table so you don’t buy the wrong
product. The three main sections firstly teach you what you
need to buy and how to use it, and then offers several projects
covering different aspects of it. The author has a fun, chatty
style of teaching, and instructions include enough staged
photographs as well as tips for getting it right. Designs
are fun and modern, and items to print on are very varied.
These include a metal garden planter decorated with a repeat
design of snails, a tomato-stealing squirrel cushion, seedpod
kaftan, triangle printed coffee table, a bandana with a bison
and the author’s young children printed to look like
animals. Full-sized patterns are included at the back, and
there is even a page suggesting ways of selling your wares.
In short, this is the type of book that makes learning a new
skill accessible and enjoyable by telling you what you need
to know to do it well, but not swamping the beginner with
a superfluity of information. One for the keeper shelf.
If you cannot find a good range of drawing materials locally
for a list of suppliers.
In the UK Speedball products are available from www.amazon.co.uk