Visual Guide to Fabric Painting by
ISBN 1-57120-072-X, Softbound, 112 pages, 1999, C&T Publishing, P.O.Box 1456, Lafayette, California 94549
Boy, was I ever excited when I heard about this book. Now that Ive read it Im even more excited!
I saw some of Mickey Lawlers fabrics at the Houston Quilt show three or four years ago and fell in love with them. Since then a friend of mine purchased some of the fabric and we collaborated on a garment made from the fabric. I still think its to dye for and now I can do it too!
Wonderful easy to follow instructions have even a novice fabric painter turning out spectacular fabrics to use in their artwork. The fabrics themselves become works of art following Mickeys instructions. The premise is to paint a piece of fabric to be either cut up for piecing or use it as a whole cloth in a base for your project.
The "Getting Started" section of the book gives you clear and deliberate information about the different paints, fabrics and the things that you use to manipulate the paint. Then you get to the fun part of the book and start to play with the paints. The directions are easy to follow. She even tells you how to hold the brush and fold the fabric for the specific effects that are pictured. After youve mastered all the techniques Mickey even has all the instructions for a project for you to whip up using your newly painted fabrics.
The gallery section of the book showing finished projects using the Skydyes techniques will really get you motivated and inspired. The Epilog is especially inspirational. Mickey Lawler is definitely my kind of Gal!
Im not sure if this book will ever make it to the shelf in my studio. Its the sort of book that I like to look at all the time! The pictures of projects are wonderful and the colors in the fabrics that Mickey has painted are to DYE for!