DIY Surface Design: Printmaking Made Easy with Everyday Objects (Download in HD)

Nothing fancy required! Textile artist Leslie Tucker Jenison demonstrates how to create unique patterns and marks on cloth and paper using a variety of post-consumer objects.
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Nothing fancy required! On this video, textile artist Leslie Tucker Jenison demonstrates how to create unique patterns and marks on cloth and paper using a variety of post-consumer objects. Demonstrations include the preparation of thickened dyes, screen printing (using everyday items to create resists); batching; and the lamination of paper to cloth (as a method for image transfer).

And there’s much more! Leslie also shows how to use three unique surface design techniques—soy wax printing, gelatin monoprinting, and stamping—to make marks on fabric. To clearly illustrate the variety of results one can achieve, Leslie demonstrates each technique using the same group of household objects throughout. For an in-depth lesson on surface-design techniques for fabric and paper, check out this jam-packed video!


General supplies for screen printing with thickened dyes

  • Apron
  • Used facial cloths, washed with Synthrapol (I use Oil of Olay® facial cloths.)
  • Soda-soaked cloth (or add soda ash to the thickened dye)
  • Watercolor paper (as an alternate surface for printing)
  • Synthrapol
  • Soda ash
  • Mask (for use during dye preparation)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Print paste
  • Procion® MX Dyes
  • Containers for dye (disposable)
  • Spoons (disposable)
  • Empty container for excess dye after printing
  • Fabric softener
  • Silk screens
  • Squeegee
  • Curved syringe
  • Padded surface for printing (covered with an old sheet or other protective covering)
  • Separate, plastic-covered work surface for placing the printed cloth
  • Pins
  • Urea
  • Plastic (to wrap printed cloth for batching)
  • Bucket of cold (or ice) water

Additional items for lamination (image transfer)

  • Matte medium
  • Corrugated plastic (for use as base)
  • Synthetic and silk sheer fabrics
  • Laser print color copies
  • Scraper and foam brush
  • Bucket
  • Water gloves
  • Waste container for paper remnants
  • Towels
  • Scraper (old credit card or hotel key card)
  • Iron
  • Teflon® sheet or parchment paper

Additional items for soy wax and gelatin printing, and stamping

  • Skillet dedicated to non-food use (for melting soy wax)
  • Thick plastic (to cover work surface and catch wax drips)
  • Scraper to remove excess wax from surface
  • Soy wax (from a surface design source)
  • Mark making tools (everyday objects such as a pill packet, bottle lids, box insert, box edge, tomato container, etc.)
  • Gelatin, unflavored
  • Baking pan
  • Textile paint and foam brushes
  • Waste container


Author/Speaker/Editor: Leslie Tucker Jenison

Format: High Definition Video Download

Customer Reviews

DIY Surface Design Review by Carolyn Ford

Excellent DVD, the information is given clearly and in a manner that is easy to follow. My only complaint would be that Lesley makes reference a number of times to additional information available on the DVD for resources etc however on my downloaded copy I don't seem to have this information. **** Interweave Comment: Thank you for your comment. The workshop downloads and DVD contain the same content. There is an extensive materials list on this product store page which includes general supplies for screen printing with thickened dyes, additional items you can include for lamination(image transfer), and additional items for soy wax gelatin printing and stamping. We hope you enjoy Leslie Tucker

(Posted on 8/7/11)