No 89: New fabric-painting book series – ‘free book’ promotion for a limited time

Relax creatively by painting on fabric:

A new guide-book series has been launched! ‘Free book’ promotion for a limited time: order your FREE copy now!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

I’m excited to announce I’ve published the first book in my new series entitled Relax creatively – Fabric painting – Your fast & easy guides!

You’re the first!

You, who read and subscribe to my blog, were the first to learn about my ‘fabric-painting book series’ project.

  • You already know the project’s background and why I’m now both a fabric-painting blogger and the author of a book series. (Post No 85)
  • And you already have an idea of how I’ve structured the guide book series. (Post No 83)

Today, I’m very happy for you to be the first to hear about the launch of the first book in the series: Your fast & easy guide Number 1: The basics.

cover book 1 - the basics - fabric painting
cover book 1 – the basics – fabric painting
Now it’s your turn to make sure you’re first again:
  • If you’re fast enough :), you’ll be one of the first people to read the book!
  • And if you move really quickly, you’ll be able to read it for free!

Where can you order the book?

I’m publishing my fabric-painting guide-book series on Amazon, so you can go to that site to order the first book, The Basics.

To get to the book’s page on Amazon, click on the link http://viewBook.at/FabricPainting-No1, or just search for ‘margot krekeler’ on Amazon.

The e-book version is free of charge for only a limited time!
You get 100 per cent off 🙂 if you order the book
  • between 5 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, 16 March
  • and 11 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, 20 March.

To order the book, you’ll need to have an Amazon account, and to download and read the book, you’ll be able to use the free Kindle reading app.

If you don’t already have the free Kindle reading app, you’ll be able to download it easily from the Amazon website as follows:

  • Go to my book’s page, http://viewBook.at/FabricPainting-No1.
  • To download the app to your device, click on the link ‘Available on these devices‘ under the description of the book.
  • Alternatively, go to the Amazon site and find the free Kindle reading apps under ‘Departments / Kindle eReaders & eBooks / Free reading apps’.

Then order and read the book – free of charge!

Where can you read the book?

You can read it wherever you happen to be.

You are of course free to read the print version wherever you want to.

However, you can work with the e-book version flexibly by easily reading it on your mobile phone or your tablet or PC, using one of the free Amazon Kindle reading apps.

I used the special e-book format Print Replica to publish the e-book so you could use your mobile phone to have an especially pleasant reading experience: conveniently read the text and have a look at the many images without continuously having to zoom in and out!

So, next time you’re commuting on the train or waiting at the doctor’s, you’ll have no reason to feel bored or waste your time: all you’ll have to do is start reading my first guide, The Basics, and get inspired to take up your first or next fabric-painting project! 🙂

How can you give feedback about the book?

As a very new author who’s publishing on Amazon, I’m very grateful for any and all feedback my readers send my way.

If you enjoyed reading the book and found it useful, would you consider posting a short review on Amazon?

To submit a review:

  • go to the page that features the book description: http://viewBook.at/FabricPainting-No1
  • click on ‘Write a customer review’, in the Customer Review section at the bottom of the page
  • write your review
  • click on ‘Submit’.

I really will find your support invaluable – I consider all my reader reviews and feedback so I can continually improve the book.

Thank you very much!

Margot

No 88 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 9

Carving rubber stamps – Focusing on simple patterns to get some practice

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

This is another post in our little series about the

Creation of carved stamps.

(You can find an overview of the various categories of stamp production in Post 79.)

As we know now (see Post No 86 and Post 87), carving is an activity which needs practice!

Carving rubber blocks with linoleum cutters is not very difficult.

However, it’s a good idea to start with simple patterns to get a feeling for the material and the carving process.

Project – Using simple design-patterns to practice rubber-block carving

First I draw a simple design on a piece of paper with a soft pencil.

I then cut the drawing into three pieces that were identical in size. I also cut the rubber block into three pieces of the same sizes.

post 88 - fabric painting - stamp creation - design creation on a rubber block
post 88 – fabric painting – stamp creation – design creation on a rubber block

Next, I transferred the three parts of the design to the three rubber blocks by placing the paper pieces on the blocks, face down, and using my thumbnail to rub the reverse side of each drawing.

I then used a marker pen to trace the transferred drawings again, to make sure they’d be durable and to clarify which parts I’d have to carve away.

The carving wasn’t too difficult to do because the design contained straight lines.

post 88 - fabric painting - stamp creation - carving rubber blocks
post 88 – fabric painting – stamp creation – carving rubber blocks

The test-printing on paper was successful:

post 88 - fabric painting - stamp creation - test-printing self-carved rubber stamps
post 88 – fabric painting – stamp creation – test-printing self-carved rubber stamps

I could continue with applying my stamps on fabric:

post 88 - fabric painting - printing with self-carved stamps on T-shirt
post 88 – fabric painting – printing with self-carved stamps on T-shirt
Are you curious to learn more about stamp-carving?

A big part of the new book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide, number 2 – Stamping’ focuses on carving projects.

It’s the second book in my series about fabric painting and will be published soon. (Click on this link for more information about the book series.)

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you can order a sample stamping-tutorial for free (information on this: Post 85)

Don’t miss any project presentation or information on the new fabric painting book series: SIGN UP TO OUR BLOG TO RECEIVE A SHORT EMAIL WHEN A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.

Cheers,

Margot

No 87 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 8

Practice makes perfect. – We need practice, patience and time to develop and improve our stamp-carving skills.

Let’s start with carving simple patterns!

Dear subscribers and readers of Your Colourful Mind,

Today, we continue our little series of posts (see also Post No 86) which focuses on the

Creation of carved stamps

As we learnt last time (Post No 86), carving is an activity that needs practice!

We need practice and patience in order to properly meet the special demands of any shape, material and tool we wish to work with.

After having started our learning process with the carving of rubber erasers we now experiment with other carving materials.

Project – Using different materials (but simple design-patterns) to practice stamp-carving

In this project I worked with three different carving materials:

I carved a rubber eraser,  using linoleum cutters.
fabric stamping - practicing carving - simple pattern on rubber erasers
fabric stamping – practicing carving – simple pattern on rubber erasers
I used a craft knife to cut the surface of the foam-coated bottom side of a door stopper.
fabric stamping - simple pattern cut into foam surface of door stopper
fabric stamping – simple pattern cut into foam surface of door stopper
And I used linoleum cutters to carve a piece of a linoleum sheet
fabric stamping - practicing carving - simple pattern on linoleum sheet
post 87 – fabric stamping – practicing carving – simple pattern on linoleum sheet

 

Then I used all my newly created stamps for some printing experiments on T-shirts:

fabric stamping - printing with self-made stamps - eraser and door stopper stamps
post 87 – fabric stamping – printing with self-made stamps – eraser and door stopper stamps
fabric stamping - printing with self-made stamps - linoleum and door stopper stamps
post 87 – fabric stamping – printing with self-made stamps – linoleum and door stopper stamps
fabric stamping - printing with self-made stamps - eraser, door stopper and linoleum stamps
post 87 – fabric stamping – printing with self-made stamps – eraser, door stopper and linoleum stamps
fabric stamping - printing with three self-made stamps on T-shirt - one colour - three patterns
post 87 – fabric stamping – printing with three self-made stamps on T-shirt – one colour – three patterns

 

It’s quite impressing how powerful very simple stamps can be if we play around with different fabric paint colours and with different ways of arranging the prints next to or over each other.

Have you practiced with different carving materials? What kind of carving tools and materials did you use? Please, share images of you work with us! (Send them to margot@your-colourful-mind.com).

New book on fabric stamping to be published soon!

A big part of a new book on Stamping focuses on carving projects.

Fabric painting - Your fast and easy guide number 2 - Stamping
post 83 – Fabric painting – Your fast and easy guide number 2 – Stamping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed information on all necessary carving supplies, step-by-step instructions with lots of images, and a broad collection of tips and tricks help the carving beginner to get an easy start.

The book ‘Stamping’ (for more information on the book series see Post 83) will be published soon.

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you can order a sample tutorial for free! (information on this: Post 85)

Don’t miss any project presentation or information on the new fabric painting book series: SIGN UP TO OUR BLOG TO RECEIVE A SHORT EMAIL WHEN A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.

Cheers,

Margot

No 86 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 7

Carving stamps is relaxing and fun!

But it needs practice! Keep your fingers out of the way! 🙂

Dear subscribers and readers of Your Colourful Mind,

In our ongoing discussion (see Post No 76) of

Various categories of stamp production

  • Using commercial stamps
  • Using simple objects as stamps (Post No 74 and No 76)
  • Creating composed stamps (Post No 79)
  • Creating cut stamps (see Post No 80, No 81 and No 84)
  • Creating carved stamps

we today start a little series of project presentations which focus on the

Creation of carved stamps

Carving is a soothing and relaxing process. – However, it is an activity that needs practice!

We need practice and patience in order to properly meet the special demands of any shape, material and tool we wish to work with.

A few erasers can be used as a cheap and easy ‘starter carving set’.

They are large enough for practicing our carving skills, and it won’t be a disaster if the carving doesn’t work out as planned: We just start again with a new set of erasers.

Project – Carving simple eraser stamps

In one of the last posts (No 79) I used four erasers to create a composed stamp.

The printing with that stamp went well, so I kept it in my ‘Useful stamp collection’ box.

Now I decided that it was time to use the stamp again.

Fabric painting - Material for carving - rubber erasers
Fabric painting – Material for carving – rubber erasers

But before using it to print a design on an apron, I wanted to change the prints’ outlook.

I used my linoleum cutters to give each of the four erasers an individual ‘outfit’ by carving a pattern on it that differed from the other three stamps’ patterns.

fabric painting - self-carved eraser stamps - carving with linoleum cutters
fabric painting – self-carved eraser stamps – carving with linoleum cutters
fabric stamping - comparison - eraser stamp - before and after carving
fabric stamping – comparison – eraser stamp – before and after carving

The printing was fun and worked out well!

fabric painting - printing with self-carved eraser stamp on apron
post 86 – fabric painting – printing with self-carved eraser stamp on apron

 How to practice our carving skills

Working on projects like this one is a good way to practice our carving skills:

  • Using easy-to-carve materials such as rubber erasers
  • and choosing simple carving patterns
  • helps us to get a feeling for the carving materials and tools and processes,
  • and enables us to achieve nice printing results immediately.

In the next carving project, I will again – for practicing purposes – work with very simple patterns. Nevertheless, the carving might be a bit more difficult as I plan not only to use rubber erasers but also linoleum sheets as carving materials.

New book on Stamping – Learn more about carving stamps

A big part of the new book ‘Relax creatively – Fabric stamping – Your fast & easy guide Number 2 – Stampingfocuses on carving projects.

Detailed information on all necessary carving supplies, step-by-step instructions with lots of images, and a broad collection of tips and tricks help the carving beginner to get an easy start.

The book ‘Stamping’ (for more information on the book series see Post 83) will be published soon.

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you can order a sample tutorial for free (information on this: Post 85)

Don’t miss any project presentation or information on the new fabric painting book series: SIGN UP TO OUR BLOG TO RECEIVE A SHORT EMAIL WHEN A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.

Cheers,

Margot

No 85 – Fabric painting tutorial – For free! – An exclusive offer to the subscribers of this blog

New fabric painting book series – to be published soon!

Get an early ‘look insight’ for free:

A step-by-step tutorial: Relax with fabric stamping

Dear subscribers and readers of Your Colourful Mind,

Recently (see post No 83) I informed you about a new series of fabric painting guide books which will be available very soon.

I also described the structure of the series and gave a short summary of the content of the books.

Today I wish to give you some information on the background of the book-publishing project

Why I became a fabric painter

I discovered fabric painting some years ago, when I had a very hectic and demanding job and needed a new and creative way to relax and recover from the stress.

My timely discovery of fabric painting was the start of an enduring fascination with it.

Ever since, I‘ve been using the various fabric-painting techniques to create colourful designs on my clothes and household accessories.

Whenever I’m engaged in this easy-to-do activity, I’m simultaneously creating, relaxing and producing, and enjoying myself immensely.

Why I became a fabric-painting blogger

Having experienced the many pleasures of fabric painting, I can assert that anyone can start practicing and enjoying it immediately.

That’s why I launched the website Your Colourful Mind about a year ago: to help other people active or interested in fabric painting to easily meet and support each other and to share information, knowledge and experiences.

You, the visitors and readers of Your Colourful Mind have made the website/blog a success.

Many of you come around from time to time, again and again. And some of you, the subscribers of the blog, regularly read the posts and make use of the information and fabric painting project ideas they offer.

I thank you very much for your interest and engagement!

And I am, of course, especially grateful to those of you who share their ideas, suggestions and experiences via email with me.

Why I’m now a fabric-painting blogger and book writer

Thanks to your feedback I know that the blog posts usually manage to offer interesting design ideas and useful tips to the more experienced fabric painter.

However, the blog posts are not so helpful to those of you who haven’t started yet.

Very often, I get asked how and where the absolute beginner can find structured guidance and support enabling him (her) to get easy access into fabric painting and the different techniques.

So far, I couldn’t give an answer to this kind of questions.

I’m struggling, too, to find a single source of information which focuses exclusively and comprehensively on fabric painting.

That’s why I decided to start writing a series of guide books on fabric painting.

The series addresses the needs and interests of fabric painting beginners;

those people

  • who want to get a fast and easy access to the basics and main techniques of painting on fabric;
  • who don’t wish to become world-known artists, but to start with an exciting activity which helps them to relax creatively.

Currently, I am having a lot of fun transferring the fabric-painting experiences and expertise I gained from my personal projects to this series of guide books, which I hope many other people find helpful in becoming fascinated and relaxed fabric painters too.

When will the first books of the series be available?

Your fast and easy guide number 1, The basics, is being edited currently and will be published in March 2013.

Your fast & easy guide number 2, Stamping, is nearly finished and will be published soon after guide number 1.

I’ll be publishing guide number 3, Stencilling, later this year, and following it with guide number 4, Freehand painting, and guide number 5, Fabric colouring in.

Special offer to the subscribers of this blog

I’ll publish the fabric painting guide books on Amazon.

As soon as a book is published on Amazon, any interested person can use the ‘Look insight’ to get an idea of the content and characteristics of a new book.

However, you, the subscribers of my blog, have the opportunity to get an early ‘Look insight’ into guide number 2, Stamping, now!

Just send me an email (margot@your-colourful-mind.com) if you are interested in getting the step-by-step instructions for a fabric stamping project.

I promise that you’ll receive the little tutorial (pdf-file) within the following next three days. For free!

Cheers,

Margot

No 84 – Series: Fabric Painting Techniques – Stamping, Part 6

CUTTING STAMPS from different materials. Today: Yoga foam blocks.

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Today we continue our discussion of

Various categories of stamp production:
  • Using commercial stamps
  • Using simple objects as stamps
  • Creating composed stamps
  • Creating cut stamps (see Post No 80 and No 81 for stamps cut from foam sheets)
  • Creating carved stamps

For the last projects of our little series on fabric stamping we used foam sheets to cut stamps.

The stamp material today is foam, again.

But instead of using craft shops’ foam supplies, I got a yoga foam block from a sporting goods store.

Project – Stamping with ‘yoga foam block’ stamps

Foam is a soft material and is usually at least partially malleable.

I decided to experiment a bit to find out how to I could make use of that attribute.

The idea was to use different household objects to shape the foam or to leave impressions on its surface and then use the changed foam block parts as stamps.

First I walked around and collected little objects which could be suitable tools.

Fabric painting - collecting materials for the stamp creation
post 84 – Fabric painting – collecting materials for the stamp creation

Then I cut the foam block into smaller pieces of different sizes.

Fabric painting - cutting a foam block into smaller pieces to create stamps
post 84 -Fabric painting – cutting a foam block into smaller pieces to create stamps

Now I applied the different tools. I pressed or drilled them into the foam pieces.

Here are some examples of my experiments:

Fabric painting - using different objects to create stamping designs on foam blocks
post 84 – Fabric painting – using different objects to create stamping designs on foam blocks

Not every object worked as expected but I continued my experimenting, now using all of the changed foam pieces as stamps.

Fabric painting - printing with foam block pieces and the tools used to shape them
post 84 – Fabric painting – printing with foam block pieces and the tools used to shape them

The next two images show the printing results:

Fabric painting - Printing with foam stamps on T-Shirt
post 84- Fabric painting – Printing with foam stamps on T-Shirt
Fabric painting - printing with foam stamps on apron
post 84 – Fabric painting – printing with foam stamps on apron

The experimenting was fun. And I find the results very special. 🙂

We’ll continue our little series on fabric stamping with some examples of carving projects soon.

Have you worked with ‘untypical’ material in your stamping projects? What kind of tools and supplies did you use? Did everything work according to you plans?

Please, share images of you work with us! (Send them to margot@your-colourful-mind.com).

Don’t miss any project presentation: SIGN UP TO OUR BLOG TO RECEIVE A SHORT EMAIL WHEN A NEW POST IS PUBLISHED.

(I’ll soon offer a little gift to all blog subscribers! 🙂

Margot

Relax creatively!