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Color by Design: Paint and Print with Dye Spiral-bound – October 15, 2001

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" Ann's writing is friendly and inspiring. I wanted to rush out to the sutdio and get started." -- Jane Dunnewold, author Complex Cloth, TX

"Anyone who is interested in dyeing processes should use this direct, no-nonsense, user-friendly book as a text." -- Ed Lambert, art professor, University of Georgia

"It is a wonderful book for surface designers--all over the world--no matter what level of skill and experience." -- Heide Stoll-Weber, farbSTOFF, Frankfurt, Germany
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  • Spiral-bound: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Ann Johnston (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965677613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965677615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the quintessential book for showing many, many techniques that can be employed in dye painting cotton or silk fabric using cold water dyes. Ann's methodical and orderly approach to showing all the different techniques makes the book a great reference for the more experienced dyer and also a great book for beginners. With this book and Ann's other book (Color by Accident) in your libary, you will have unlimited resources to dye your own beautiful fabric. This is the authoritative book for dye painting.
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I've been a fabric artist for 20 years. Ann Johnston's books are the books that I keep right behind my cutting table - I refer to them over and over. If you are interested in dyeing fabrics to use in artwork of any kind BUY THESE BOOKS!!!
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For the unitiated dyer this book is an invaluable tool. I can't speak for anyone else, but using the author's tried and true recipes is not just for the beginner but for anyone who dyes fabric occasionally and needs a 'bible' to refresh themselves. But it is not just the "how to" but the 'why', as well. I've already started to experiment with wonderful results. Additionally, some of the internet sites that sell paint and dyes have starter kits at reasonable prices to make the process of getting your feet wet a less intimidating and more enjoyable experience. I am sooooo happy I have this book.
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This is an absolute must-have book for dyers. It's a companion to Johnston's other book Color by Accident.

For all beginning dyers, Ann Johnston's books are imperative.
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After reading Color by Accident, I didn't exactly know what to expect from this book. Color by Design (CBD)and Color by Accident are worlds apart. Aside from helpful dye recipes and processes, the book is full of techniques and helpful photos.

CBD has three sections: Learn the Basics; Practice the Applications; Extend your Understanding.

Chapters in Practice the Applications include Moisture Variations; Paint Techniques; Water-Soluble Resists; Layers of Colors; Large-Scale Applications. These are the heart of the content.

Chapters in Extend your Understanding include About Black; Alternative Methods; Q & A.

I have a dream of using this book as I create a self-guided week-long workshop. The reality is probably more like weekend experimentation focusing on one of Johnson's techniques.
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Lots of inspiration and motivation to dive into some new projects. There are so many ways to torture fabric and make it come alive in your art - Ann gives you plenty of information to succeed.
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Wonderful techniques to inspire anyone! Very easy to understand and well laid out instructions. I would recommend this book to both beginners and those more experienced.
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