Whenever I find an interesting publication on or related to fabric painting, I add it to this list. – Have a look!
And, please, if you discover something interesting, – send your recommendations of helpful books to firstname.lastname@example.org. – Thanks for sharing! 🙂
You can also visit my Pinterest-page to have a look at my board of books and other publications. Just Click here.
Bautista, Traci – Printmaking unleashed – More than 50 Techniques for Expressive Mark Making – 2014
- Amazon – ‘Unleash your inner artist and join Traci Bautista as she shares inventive ideas for making marks with handmade tools, nontraditional materials and simple DIY printmaking techniques. Pulsing with exploration and whimsy, Printmaking Unleashed features 60+ step-by-step demonstrations and countless possibilities for creating original prints, fabrics, art journal pages, mixed-media collage, and so much more.’
Beevers, Sue – Off-the-Shelf Fabric Painting, 30 simple recipes for gourmet results – 2004
- Amazon – ‘In this work, fibre artist Sue Beevers shows you how to create one-of-a-kind painted fabrics in your own kitchen. Techniques rely on water-based paints used in conjunction with convenient tools and supplies, such as oatmeal, yoghurt containers, and file folders.’
Bunkers, Traci – Print & Stamp Lab: 52 Ideas for Handmade, Upcycled Print Tools (Lab Series) – 2010
- Amazon – ‘Artist and popular workshop instructor Traci Bunkers can turn just about anything into an interesting stamp, printing block, or tool. In this book, she shows readers how to see overlooked, everyday objects in a new way, and how to “MacGyver” them into easy to use printing blocks and tools. Readers learn to create 52 print blocks and stamp tools, all from inexpensive, ordinary, and unexpected materials–string, spools, bandaids, flip flops, ear plugs, rubber bands, school erasers, and a slew of other repurposed and upcycled items. The book also shows how to use those simple tools to make gorgeous, multi-layered prints and patterns that can be used to enhance journal covers, stationery, fabrics, accessories, and more.’
Culhane, Diane – If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint: Transforming Simple Drawings into Works of Art – 2017
- Amazon – ‘Doodle your way into a big painting!Doodling is really just mark making . . . marks that happen when you are otherwise occupied. These intuitive marks that flow from you naturally while you are doodling are an expression of your true style, like your handwriting. This book looks at our doodles as resources; treasures from which we can create full-sized paintings. Even if you don’t consider yourself a doodler, the exercises and techniques in this book will give you a fun way to tap into your personal style, the voice that comes from deep inside. Through the exercises in this book, you will dig into your creative life to find a style that is authentically yours. The invitation starts with a pencil as you work through automatic and specific doodle assignments. Eventually, you will learn how to size up and combine these doodles into larger compositions. Then, you will begin mixing it up with watercolor paints and, finally, with acrylic paints. We will: …’
Fei-Fan Balzer, Julie – Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps – 2013
- Amazon – ‘Take an exciting journey into printing with custom-carved stamps! In this complete stamp-carving workshop, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer covers every aspect of creating and using rubber stamps, including carving linear and curved designs, alphabets, complex and repeating geometrical shapes, and image transfers. …’
Forman, Deborah – Paint Lab: 52 Exercises inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method (Lab Series) – 2013
- Amazon – ‘Paint Lab is packed with unique and experimental techniques and ideas in painting. This hands-on book is organized into 52 units, which may, but don’t need to be explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked on in any order, so that you can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular painting theme or application. The underlying message of this book is that, as an artist, you should learn and gain expertise through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result, rather you will find new forms of expression in your work and gain confidence in your skills.
Designed to inform …’
Fox, Jen; Case, Sarah – Transfer – Embellish – Stitch: 16 Textile Projects for the Modern Maker – 2016
- Amazon – ‘It’s time for some hands-on surface design with your favorite surface—fabric! Transferring a motif is easy with 4 unique image transfer methods: stencil, transfer paper, freezer paper, and fusible web. Express yourself through unique embellishments like paint, embroidery, and reverse appliqué. Then try your hand at 16 mix-and-match sewing projects from wearables to fun, useful gifts for the home. Use the pattern pullout to copy modern graphics in the perfect size for printing.’
Gillmann, Rayna – Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth: Stamp, Screen & Stencil with Everyday Objects – 2008
- Amazon – ‘Create one-of-a-kind fabric with objects from the junk drawer or hardware store. 8 fun, foolproof techniques.’
Hurwitt, Judi – Stamp Making for Textile Artists – 2010
- Amazon – ‘Have you ever wanted to use stamps in the creation of your paper, fabric or textile art, but refuse to use commercial stamps, as I do? Then it’s time to make your own! You don’t even need to know how to draw- if you can cut out simple shapes with a pair of scissors, you CAN make stamps that express your own unique artistic vision!
Creating your own stamps from readily available and inexpensive items is a snap and takes only minutes. This book will teach you simple techniques for making stamps that you design yourself without the need to invest in expensive vulcanizing equipment or materials. With acrylic paint, ink and dyes, you will learn how to use your stamps, how to modify them, and how to make them last for years. For beginners or experts, this e-book contains lots of clear instructions and photographs.’
Jansdotter, Lotta – Stencils. Decorate your walls, furniture, fabric and more – 2010
- Amazon – ‘There’s something so satisfying about stenciling: It’s easy, affordable, and it yields such impressive results. Especially when all the design work is done for you by the talented textile artist Lotta Jansdotter. Lotta’s hand-drawn stencil motifs are cut out of durable plastic so they can be used again and again on all sorts of surfaces, from walls to fabric to furniture. Simply wipe the stencils clean with soap and water and stow in the handy storage pocket provided. Project instructions and photographs demonstrate how to repeat a design on a structured grid to achieve the look of wallpaper (for a whole lot less money), or apply designs randomly for a unique, playful effect. At just $24.95, this package is a DIY decorator’s delighta real bargain, and beautiful to boot!’
Jolliffe, Joy – Print it!: 25 projects using hand-printing techniques for fabric, paper and upcycling – 2010
- Amazon – ‘Prints are in! Take a walk down the high street and you won’t be able to escape beautiful prints on everything from dresses and bags to gorgeous printed sheets. All these prints help us express our unique style and make vivid personal statements.
Joy Jolliffe demonstrates that printing is a simple, effective way to make your mark on a multitude of surfaces from clothes to bedding.
The book features chapters on block printing, stencils, transfer and open screen printing, and tips to guarantee perfect results every time! Projects include a Daisy Border Tea Towel, Photo Montage Wall Art and Sepia Tint Primrose Skirt. Packed with stunning ideas and techniques you’ll never be short of inspiration.’
Joyce, Anna – Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand – 2015
- Amazon – ‘Textile artist Anna Joyce’s design process is intuitive, relaxed, and rooted in the belief that we should live with color and pattern every day. Inspired by vintage fabric, folk art, shapes in nature, and exciting new color combinations, Joyce’s distinctive projects showcase the beauty of the unexpected and the mark of the artist’s hand. In Stamp Stencil Paint, Joyce shares her signature hand-printing techniques and infectious enthusiasm for adding patterns to ready-made surfaces such as fabric, ceramics, paper, leather, furniture, walls, and more. Following beautiful step-by-step photography, crafters learn new, easy skills to stamp, stencil, and hand-paint wonderful projects for their homes, wardrobes, families, and friends.’
Kight, Kim – A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel – 2011
- Amazon – ‘If you have ever dreamed of showing your designs on fabric, textile aficionado Kim Kight, of popular blog True Up, is here to teach you how. Comprehensive and refreshingly straightforward, this impressive volume features two main parts. First, the Design and Color section explains the basics with step-by-step tutorials on creating repeating patterns both by hand and on the computer. Next, the Printing section guides you through transferring those designs on fabric-whether it’s block printing, screen printing, digital printing or licensing to a fabric company-and how to determine the best method for you.’
Norton, Kristal – Stamp Carving 101: A Complete Guide on How to Make Your Own Custom Rubber Stamps – 2013
- Amazon – ‘Stamp Carving 101 will guide you every step of the way on your new stamp making adventure. With up close photos and detailed directions, the book covers everything from choosing an image, to carving it from a rubber block, to ideas on how to creatively use them, and everything in between.
This inspiring book takes the mystery out of rubber stamp making, and turns it into a fun activity that anyone can master.
BONUS: You’ll also receive 18 original image templates to get you started on your stamp making adventure!’
Lawler, Mickey – Mickey Lawler’s SkyQuilts: 12 Painting Techniques, Create Dynamic Landscape Quilts – 2011
- Amazon – ‘With Mickey Lawler, the best selling author of Skydyes, even beginning artists can learn to paint stunning landscapes on quilting fabric. She demonstrates how to paint every nuanced texture found in nature, from cloudy skies to rosy sunsets, from blue water to green fields, and from stone walls to wood grains. New and experienced painters alike will be inspired by Mickey’s photographic gallery of projects made with lush landscape fabrics.’
Lawler, Mickey – Skydyves: A visual Guide to Fabric Painting – 1999
- Amazon – ‘For Mickey Lawler, the sky is never the limit! Mickey’s SKYDYES fabric is well known among quilters and fiber artists as the finest individually hand-painted cotton available.
Perfect for beginning fabric painters, as well as those who have dabbled with fabric paints. Straightforward instructions explain Mickey’s painting techniques. Easy-to-follow exercises show how to create skies, earth, seas, and gardens. Learn how to choose appropriate fabrics, paints, and applicators. Handy “Paint Color and Mixing Chart”. Includes an easy quilt project that uses fabrics you create in the exercises.’
Lewis, Karen – Screen Printing At Home: Print Your Own Fabric to Make Simple Sewn Projects – 2014
- Amazon – ‘Do you love the idea of printing your own fabrics at home but don’t know where to start? This comprehensive guide to screen printing shows you just how easy it is to create beautiful, hand printed fabrics at your kitchen table.Screen printing expert, Karen Lewis, demonstrates two screen printing techniques – stencilling and screen filler – and how they can be used to create stunning, professional results with basic, inexpensive equipment. Both techniques are explained using step-by-step text and photography. Karen also explains how to create simple sewn projects from your hand printed fabrics. The sewing patterns include an apron, tote bag and tea cosy, as well as ideas for how to print on ready made items such as tea towels to make fantastic gifts for friends and family.’
Olmstedt, Betsy – Hand-Printing Studio: 15 Projects to Color Your Life – A Visual Guide to Printing on Almost Anything – 2016
- Amazon – ‘Fabric, glass, wood, metal, humans . . . print on almost anything! Try your hand at DIY printing with 15 colorful projects, from a galvanized planter and curtains to a coffee table. Make over nearly any surface with block printing, silk screen, and disperse dye transfer with this complete visual guide. Start with 12 charming patterns, and branch out to sketch your own designs. Getting your hands messy is all part of the fun!’
Peot, Margaret – Stencil Craft: Techniques for Fashion, Art and Home – 2015
- Amazon – ‘The art and craft world is in love with the versatility, creativity and endless possibilities stencils provide. And right here is your all-access pass to learn how to create and use all types of stencils–from carefully cut Mylar to lace, leaves and other found objects. Using original, and even pre-made designs, you can create unique pillowcases, tote bags, business cards, portraits and more. Create your own stencils from scratch: 14 stunning step-by-step demonstrations―from Day of the Dead messenger bags, to faux stone tile floor cloths, to full landscape paintings; Exciting new products, techniques and special effects; Expert tips–from which fabric paints to use for best results, to how to achieve crisp impressions with even the most delicate stencils. …’
Rezendes, Cheryl – Fabric Surface Design – Painting, Stamping, Rubbing, Stenciling, Silk Screening, Resists, Image Transfer, Marbling, Crayons & Colored Pencils, Batik, Nature Prints, Monotype Printing – 2013
- Amazon – ‘Sensational sewing projects demand fabulous fabrics! Fiber artist Cheryl Rezendes shows you how to create an astonishing array of surface designs, simply and safely, using textile paints and printing ink. She covers a wide variety of techniques: stamping, ancient Japanese Shibori, silkscreen, soy wax and flour resist, image transfer, marbling, nature printing, foils and metal leaf, and more. Step-by-step photographs illustrate every technique, and Rezendes includes innovative suggestions on how to combine and layer techniques for stunningly original results.’
Roth, Ed – Stencil 201: 25 New Reusable Stencils with Step-by-Step Project Instructions – 2011
- Amazon – ‘In this entirely original collection, stencil maverick Ed Roth presents 25 brand-new stencil designs from retro-cool typewriters, microphones, and roller skates to elegant leaves, birds, and abstract shapes. Ed also offers step-by-step directions for more than 20 wildly creative projects that take stenciling to a whole new level. With the help of creative friends such as Erica Domesek of P.S. – I made this and embroidery queen Jenny Hart, Ed shows how to stencil on just about anything T-shirts, leather, mirrors, food, and even hair using a variety of techniques like stitching, etching, and more. Best of all, the stencils can be used again and again: just clean, dry, and store in the handy reclosable pocket at back!’
Shah, Zeena – How to Print Fabric: Kitchen-table Techniques for Over 20 Hand-printed Home Accessories – 2015
- Amazon – ‘Learn how simple hand printing techniques can transform your fabric into personalized designs with this easy fabric printing guide from talented textile designer Zeena Shah.In this beautiful yet practical project book, Zeena shows you how to create contemporary textiles though 20 easy-to-master techniques, each accompanied by a simple sewing project to put your prints on display straight away. – Using easily accessible materials as diverse as vegetables, sponges, cardboard, rubber stamps, wood blocks, lino and simple silk screens, Zeena shows you how to create striking printed designs and then how to sew covetable items such as bags, table linen, cushions and pillows and more, to personalize your home interior with DIY style. – Debut book from rising star Zeena Shah, whose striking designer textiles have earned her numerous TV, event and press appearances and over 300,000 Pinterest followers.’
Shaw, Mary Beth – Stencil Girl: Mixed-Media Techniques for Making and Using Stencils – 2013
- Amazon – ‘It’s time to see what the stencil can do! The simple stencil can be the most versatile tool in your creative studio. Stencils create background effects, foreground details and a complex beauty that’s surprisingly easy to achieve. In Stencil Girl, Mary Beth Shaw will lead you step-by-step through 18 projects that will have you thinking about stencils in a whole new light as you discover how to use them with paint, wood burning, encaustic, hand stitching, metalwork and much more. Prepare to be inspired by what’s inside! ,,,’
Stein, Susan – Complete Photo Guide to Textile Art – 2010
- Amazon – ‘Individuality is key in today’s DIY trends. Whether creating fabric art, sewing clothes, making home décor items, or quilting, people are looking for ways to make their projects unique and self-expressive. Fabric choices have narrowed and it certainly is not cheaper to sew than buy ready to use items, so when someone wants to use fabric to make something, their reasons are very often for the pure creative enjoyment of the craft. This is their comprehensive, how-to reference book illustrating all aspects of fabric art and manipulation. Artist galleries are included for inspiration.’
Stein, Susan – First Time Fabric Art, Step-by-Step Basics for Painting and Printing on Fabric – 2016
- Amazon – ‘This booklet explores a variety of techniques for painting and printing on fabric, using products that are easy to get. A few can be made with materials and tools you can find around the house! Techniques include stenciling, screen printing, stamping, sun printing, and tie dyeing. Begin with plain muslin or other cotton fabric, and transform it into an exciting and versatile fabric for quilting, crafting, garment sewing, or home décor. Step-by-step instructions with large photos make it easy to learn these basic techniques.’
Walter, Cindy – Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter, A Beginner’s Guide, 11 Techniques, From Colorwashes to Painted Quilts – 2011
- Amazon – ‘Explore a variety of fabric painting techniques and add a distinctive touch to your quilts. You’ll learn how to create sun prints and use resist techniques, as well as how to paint a Hawaiian quilt and a traditional block quilt. Try colorwashing, scrunching, and salting methods to create uniquely personal fabrics. Cindy will encourage you to experiment, be playful, and get creative!’
Walton, Lisa – Creative Journeys – Book 1- Fund & Easy Textile Surface Design Techniques – 2014
- Amazon – ‘Do you run your hands over surfaces, walk around looking at the tiled floors in churches, take close-up shots of leaves and flowers or sculptural details in buildings? Do you watch how the light changes in a sunrise or the randomness of nature?
This book guides you through the ways in which you can turn these beautiful patterns and textures into stunning textiles.
The first in a series of books titled ‘Creative Journeys’, Lisa Walton imparts expert guidance, tips and techniques coupled with over 140 illustrations to help inspire and encourage you to turn your ideas into creative textiles.
With a focus on fabric painting, stamping, decorative rubbings, metallic foils, simple screen printing, stencilling, creative stitchwork, textural quilting, Lisa shows how these can be used to create stunning textile art.’