Digital Fabric Art


ScriptCutout_mod2I create digital designs that I often use in my art quilts.  I use Photoshop Elements to manipulate a variety of images and then print those creations on my home printer.  Generally, I cut the fabrics up so it really doesn’t matter to me about the quality or yardage.  I can print them any size up to 13″ x 19″ on my Epson Artisan 1430, which is considered a wide format printer.  Serves my needs quite well.

Here is an example of one of the images I created recently using a variety of images from my image files on my computer.  I am calling them mashup prints because I frequently use unrelated images.

I am currently using Photoshop Elements 14 to create my images.  The reason I like that particular software is that there are a lot of art-enabling features that make creating the images I produce much easier.  I think the results might surprise even the most novice of users.

It’s not a foolproof method by any means, but with a bit of practice and desire to be adventurous with images, the results may surprise even a beginning digital artist.

Not long ago I presented my ideas to a small group of quilters at the   Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon.  The workshop I presented was called “Digital Surface Design.”

Here are a couple of examples of changing up the same image but with different overlays.  The original sunflower was an image taken from a print from a linocut print block.

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