Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Lotta Prints by Lotta Jansdotter

Are you looking for a quick way to personalize or decorate some plain clothing or home décor? Try your hand at printing. You may have almost everything you need at home. In Lotta Prints: How to Print With Anything, From Potatoes to Linoleum by Scandinavian designer Lotta Jansdotter, you will find inspiration and techniques to get you started.

Jansdotter walks you through the process of several different printing techniques, including rubber-stamp, iron-on, leaf, stencil, potato, lino-block, and screen printing. My favorite is the potato printing technique because it takes me back to middle school art class when we carved pictures in potatoes to make stamps. While the lino-block and screen printing techniques may take some time to learn and prepare for, the other techniques lend themselves to quick weekend or evening projects.

In addition to instructions for the various printing techniques, Jansdotter includes stencil patterns and project ideas to help you use the techniques on your own. Lotta Prints is perfect for crafters of all levels because the projects can be printed on ready-made items or on clothing or accessories that you have made on your own. Many of the simple projects would be perfect for entertaining children on a rainy day when they are stuck inside.

Search the VBPL catalog for Lotta Prints: How to Print With Anything, From Potatoes to Linoleum by Lotta Jansdotter. You might also want to check out Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects by Christine Schmidt.

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