on 27 October 2010
I thought this book would be special because the designs by these authors are fabulous. However it was incredibly basic with no technical help whatsoever. It wouldn't even be good for a beginner because it doesn't give enough help about products. For example, it says just go to the shops and choose from the paints available in the market. If only it was that easy! The instructions were also vague and not detailed enough. If you are starting out printing, get Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin which I bought a year ago and it explains paints, fabrics, silk screen meshes etc etc which this book certainly doesn't. If you have a fair amount of experience printing on fabric go elsewhere!
on 5 November 2010
This is a really nicely presented book that is full of gorgeous designs and is beautifully illustrated throughout. It has been well written and gives you all the information you need to start printing and is very easy to understand. All the techniques (ranging from potato printing, rubberstamp, lino, block and screen printing...) are thoroughly explained throughout therefore making the book suitable for both beginners and more experienced people. The book also includes some very handy stencils to use and a wallet to keep them in at the back of the book. There is also a comprehensive list of stockists at the back that is very useful. I have definitely advanced throughout this book, and I cant wait to explore the next chapter! Don't want to put it down! It has filled me with inspiration and given me so many ideas and has really allowed me to put me personal touch on things. This book will be used again and again by both adults and children.
on 5 November 2010
I got this as a present and I think its great, its not over crammed with boring information and its straight to the point (unlike other stuff which you have to study for ages). Being an amateur at printing, I found this a good book for anyone who would like to 'see' how it's done and get on with it right away. It's got step by step pictures so you know you're doing it right and tips to help you further your own ideas, it also gives you your own prints at the end! Really recommend this as the designs are great and it's packed with loads of inspirational pictures.