Print It Yourself – My favorite DIY printing books

I meet so many creative people, both in person at craft fairs, and online on Etsy and Pinterest. Lots of people ask me about how I learned to print on fabric, and the truth is, I’m almost entirely self-taught! While I learned traditional printmaking techniques (relief printing, intaglio, lithography, etc.) in college, I didn’t print onto fabric until after graduation. I learned fabric printing, both silkscreen printing and relief printing with hand carved blocks, by reading lots of books and by experimenting.

These six books are invaluable parts of my library, and I return to them often. The first four focus more completely on printing on fabric, but the final two are great introductions to printmaking in general, and definitely cover the basics of printing on fabric as well.

1. Printing By Hand by Lena Corwin 2. Lotta Prints by Lotta Jansdotter 3. Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design by Laurie Wisbrun 4. A Field Guide to Fabric Printing by Kimberly Knight 5. The Printmaking Bible by Ann d’Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris 6. Print Liberation by Jamie Dillon, Nick Paparone, and Luren Jenison

About Erin Dollar

Owner, maker, and designer behind Cotton & Flax. Since 2010, she has been creating modern screenprinted home goods, as well as fine art prints on paper, from her home studio in Los Angeles, California.
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