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Handpainting fabric : easy, elegant techniques
Newman, Michelle.
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New York : Watson-Guptill, [2003]

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128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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TT851 .N49 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Now it's easier than ever to transform plain fabrics into beautiful handpainted clothing and home decor. In Handpainting Fabric , authors Michelle Newman and Margaret Allyson show readers how to use readily available paints, dyes, and art supplies--along with simple, innovative techniques--to create stylish wearables and eye-catching accents for the home.

Following an overview of basic materials and tools, readers will learn practical tips for composition and layout, along with invaluable advice for adapting visual references from nature, ethnic traditions, exotic locations, and ancient cultures. The techniques chapters present step-by-step lessons in painting, dyeing, discharge, printing, using wax resists, and creating special effects on a variety of fabrics, including silks, velvets, and sheers, all with stunning results.

Inspirational examples of fun and elegant clothing (scarves, wraps, vests, skirts) and dazzling decorative accents (pillows, throws, curtains) provide ideas for using embellished fabrics creatively. A chapter on adding stylish details such as linings, tassels, and fringes is also included.

• Makes each step of fabric painting
and dyeing easy

• Author Michelle Newman is a frequent television guest known for her fun, anyone-can-do-it approach

• Features a variety of inspirational designs and projects, all beautifully presented

Author Notes

Michelle Newman is a textile and crafts designer who works closely with manufacturers in the fashion, crafts, and home furnishings industries
Margaret Allyson has served as editor of several national arts and crafts magazines, including Needle & Thread and Michaels Arts & Crafts and has written books on quilting and weaving. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 8
Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 Materials, and Toolsp. 11
Fabricsp. 12
Paints and Dyesp. 17
Fabric Stretchersp. 21
Chapter 2 Designp. 25
Sources of Inspirationp. 26
Elements and Principlesp. 32
Chapter 3 Freehand Paintingp. 43
Wet Fabricp. 44
Dry Fabricp. 46
Working in the Zonesp. 47
The Coloring Book Methodp. 49
Chapter 4 Dyeingp. 53
Dyeing Methodsp. 54
Chapter 5 The Discharge Processp. 59
Process Overviewp. 60
Getting Startedp. 61
Chapter 6 Making Multiplesp. 65
Stampingp. 66
Monoprintingp. 72
Stencilingp. 77
Silkscreeningp. 79
Chapter 7 Using Resists, or Wax Eloquentp. 85
Getting Readyp. 86
Sampler Scarfp. 96
Chapter 8 Special Effectsp. 101
Saltp. 102
Alcoholp. 105
Shortcut Shiborip. 106
Hidden Objectp. 110
Fortuny Pleatingp. 110
Faux Airbrushp. 112
Bastingp. 113
Layeringp. 116
Quiltingp. 118
Collagep. 119
Chapter 9 The Power of Detailsp. 121
Finishing Touchesp. 122
Source Directoryp. 127
Indexp. 128