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

Overview

It’s the natural inconsistencies—the accidental differences between one finished piece and another—that 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 ...

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Overview

It’s the natural inconsistencies—the accidental differences between one finished piece and another—that 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 guide—no 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584796725
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 224,504
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lena Corwin is a textile designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Among her clients are Marithé + François Girbaud, Calvin Klein, Jill Stuart, and Elle Decor magazine. She also illustrated Stewart, Tabori and Chang’s Kids Crochet and Kids Weaving.

Thayer Allyson Gowdy is a San Francisco–based photographer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Real Simple, Health, and Country Living, as well as Stewart, Tabori and Chang’s Knitting Nature and Knitting Lingerie Style.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    FANTASTIC FIND!

    this book has it all - various methods of printing, material sources, full color and step-by-step instructions, plus great inspiration and innovative ideas for printing on all sorts of materials. the best of it's kind that i have seen!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Excellent resource for people that are interested in surface design.

    The book is very comprehensive and easy to understand. Illustrations are clear and well placed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Hip not crafty designs

    I bought this book because I liked the author's credentials. The samples and ink colors are sophisticated, clean and inspiring. The directions are very good, step by step and my first project came out fantastic. Supply list easy to come by.

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