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Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home (Simple Makes) Paperback – Illustrated, 24 Apr 2014
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'Keep an eye out for this book which has 20 easy and enticing projects to try at home.' --Good Homes, Tuesday 1 April 2014
'Create new things for your home with items you may have lying around. Learn to print on to tea towels using kitchen utensils, or use buttons and dollies to adorn anything from T-shirts to cushion covers.' --Prima, April 2014
'If you'd like to try out a new technique but don't want to invest in a whole load of expensive materials first, take a look at Christine Leech's fantastic new book, Fresh Prints, which shows you how to use readily available items to print cards, lampshades, shoes and more.' --Craftseller, July 2014
About the Author
Christine Leech has been an avid crafter since childhood and has over 15 years' experience designing and art directing a host of women's magazines, most recently working as creative director of the acclaimed Marie Claire Runway. When not writing craft books, Christine divides her time between magazine work and blogging about all things craft at sewyeah.co.uk. Christine co-created the bestselling books Everything Alice and Everything Oz, as well as three previous titles in the Simple Makes series, Felt Sew Good, Little Sew and Sew and Scissors, Paper, Craft.
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The projects are very sweet, ranging from the simple but effective (feather-printed greetings cards) to the more complex (shoes, bags etc). If you like very sleek, professional looking results then the projects are probably not for you; the style is more rustic and hand made, but still looks good.
The book has clear instructions, lovely illustrations, and even a set of stencils in the back - though it's a shame they didn't use a few more pages for the stencils and print more of them at 100% so that you don't need to mess around enlarging them.
Overall, a very nice book filled with cute projects, providing you're prepared to splash out a little on inks.
A lot of these things are projects that we did in junior school. The difference is that these are considered and explained with a view to producing a professional result, rather than a child's 'I can see what you were trying to do' effort.
A rewardiing book for those new to crafting, though anyone who has been making their own things for a while will already have tried most of these.
The book starts with the Printmaker's kit, the tools needed to achieve results and there isn't that long a list to get started. There is also a fantastic section on mixing colours to give beautiful colours, not only your basic green, purple, orange etc but beautiful colours which can be used in interior design - lilac, wedgewood blue, olive green etc. There is also a section, a reminder of school day techniques, on how to make and use a lino template.
The ideas section is split into three sections: Printing with found objects, Lazy Lino Prints and Other Printing Techniques and also ten pages of fantastic templates to use in your own projects. I loved the circus letter wooden postcards - I love the circus theme font and the whole alphabet is included in the template section. There are ideas for notebooks, cushions and umbrellas to name but a few. Each project also has suggestions for alternative uses making this book a compendium for ideas to use for gifts, household improvements and maybe even ideas for a small cottage business.
This is a great introduction into printing - full of ideas, hints, tips and templates to take readers to a new level in interior design, upcycling and crafty techniques.
Many of the methods Leech uses appear to be potato printing for adults; at one point using a sweet potato instead, but also overs rubber and household items. This leads to a picturesque, but naïve style. Silk screen printing allows for more leeway with precision, with many of the ideas in ‘Fresh Prints’ you will be punished quickly should you go wrong with one daub. With this in mind you will need to be a somewhat steady handed creative person to get the most out of it – a tentative touch could lead to disaster.
For my household, ‘Fresh Prints’ was just too naïve. By bypassing the more ‘industrial’ style of printing many different looks and feel are harder to achieve. However, this is part of a series called ‘Simple Makes’ and when aimed at this market Leech does a good job. Perhaps a few different looks and feels could have suggested better to a hobbyist that there are as many ways for a print to look, as there are ideas in your head.
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