Friday, March 5, 2010

DIY Printed Dress

one of the many things on my list of "post-college self-educating" includes learning all sorts of printmaking techniques. this simple potato stamp print dress looks awesome! it seems easy enough to make and really only takes a few materials that aren't common around the house...i just need to get to the art store and buy some ink & a roller! check out the tutorial by designer caitlin mociun on refinery29 here! have you ever done any printing of your own? i'd love to see!


isadora gometti said...

did you paint this?
so cool

Laughter-Loving Stacy said...

I've never done my own printing but that looks really fun! :D

avalonne said...

This is the coolest thing ever. I'm thinking of taking a printmaking class. Don't know yet... hmm!!!

avalonne said...

I bought the Canon XS (1000D)! I love it, but it really can't take photos inside without flash. I was taking photos in the museum. I changed the settings to match my friend's 7D and it looked different. I mean I didn't have the same ISO though, my camera doesn't offer 1250 ISO (or whatever it was), I didn't want to turn it up to 1600, it would look too grainy. But yeah, the camera takes great photos outdoors, so that's awesome! :)

Lulu said...

this is so awesome! love love it!!!

Teresa @ good-grace said...

omg... I've had this on my "please-find-time-to-do" wishlist for about 2 or 3 years!! LOVing this tutorial - thanks for the tip on where to find it. I purchased the Lena Corwin "Printing by Hand" book about 1 1/2 ago.... I *devoured* it!! (ok, not literally...) Fantastic tips all around.

Audrey Allure said...

Gorgeous dress!

Just stumbled by & I love your blog! :)
- Audrey Allure <3

Mamushka Marie said...

SO awesome.

DalenaVintage said...

Oooooh...I'll see if I can dig out a tank I made last year! Same idea but with bleach and potatoes, naturally.

Sellyrbeautiful said...

Hey Rachel,
In Scotland I took a printed textile design class and I was so ready to nit pick this tutorial, seeing as many of them aren't nearly as detailed as they should be, but this one is really legit!!! The only suggestions I have are to:
1. tape your garment down (this is so important for hand printing with screens) after you have placed your barrier inbetween the fabric-especially if you aren't using cardboard because you're worried you might stretch it too far. Start by taping one corner at the top, the opposite at the bottom and vice versa whilst streching your fabric so that the ink can sink deep into the knit. This is obviously easier for smaller prints; doing this for an all over print may seem too tedious.
2. You can also place some cotton over your print after it has air dried and use an iron on high heat to "set" your image. This works for the water based inks with textile medium, I'm not sure if it works on regular old silkscreen ink, but I imagine it would- nothing a little sample wouldn't hurt.
3. Washing and ironing your garment prior to printing is also very important, some new fabrics have this weird treatment on them that can cause your image to print irregularly.