I am so happy to be the first stop on Diane Rusin Doran’s blog hop for her new DVD called Digital Surface Design: Simple Techniques for Hand-dyed Fabric Effects and More!
I met Diane in the summer of 2011 in the green room of the studio where QATV is taped. I had taped 2 episodes of QATV and my first Quilting Arts Workshop Dyeing to Stitch the day before and returned to pack up, she was getting ready to tape a couple episodes of her first Quilting Arts Workshop as well:
We became friends on Facebook and have kept in touch ever since. So when I was getting ready for another round of QATV and Workshop taping, she and I were able to plan an actual dinner together. I was done done DONE and she had to tape the next day, but we were able to have a lovely dinner with Vivika DeNegre and a neat little Asian restaurant right across the street from our hotels.
So, I was more than happy to be part of her blog hop where I get to give away a copy of her Workshop AND enter on lucky person into a draw for some beautiful fabrics she designed that are printed with Spoonflower.
As the title or her Worshop describes, she shows you how you can create fabric that looks like it’s been dyed and had various surface design elements like stamping, silk screening, etc, applied; but it’s all done with Photoshop Elements. She shows you how to use pictures of clouds to mimic the mottled texture of low-water immersion dyeing. Then a little photo manipulation creates digital drip-dyed fabrics. She then shows you how to use digital brushes for fabric stamping and bleach discharge effects. After she does all this manipulating on the computer screen, she then prints it out onto fabric using either a home printer, or a fabric printing service like Spoonflower.
She’s used all these techniques to design fabric like this:
She walks you through each step on the computer, here’s a 2 minute preview clip:
I need to watch this Workshop again with Photoshop open and try things along with her – although I’ve got CS6 rather than Elements and all the bits and pieces won’t be in the same places, I learned lots of cool tips from her!
Enter the giveaways!
Ok, so as promised, I get to give away a copy of the this workshop: leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever printed on fabric or used a service like Spoonflower before. I’ll leave this giveaway open until the end of the blog hop., January 28. Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away, I’ve got to approve them first. At that point I’ll use random.org to choose 2 commenters:
- The first chosen will receive a copy of Diane’s DVD Digital Surface Design: Simple Techniques for Hand-dyed Fabric Effects and More!
- The second chosen will be entered in a second giveaway: Diane will give away 4 fat quarters of her own fabrics printed by Spoonflower:
Make sure to visit the other stops on the hop for more chances to win!
- January 16 – Sarah Ann Smith – http://www.sarahannsmith.com/weblog/
- January 21 – Deborah Boschert – http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
- January 24 – Susan Brubaker Knapp – http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
- January 28 – Diane Rusin Doran – http://oohprettycolors.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget to comment (answering the question if you’ve ever printed on fabric or used a service like Spoonflower before) here before January 28 for your chances!
Congrats Jody and Ann!