Kitchen Surface Design

Julie B Booth
Surface Design News

A Newsletter dedicated to exploring the kitchen as a resource for surface design on fabric techniques.

Fabric Printing at Home (Quarry Books) is now available for purchase.

Click on the cover image below for more information and links to your favorite online bookseller.

Book Events
January 30, 2015
Book signing at Artistic Artifacts

10% discount on book copies if you sign up for the 2-day workshop (see below).

Special 2-Day Workshop at Artistic Artifacts
Fabric Printing at Home: A Kitchen Sampler

I'm excited to be offering this workshop featuring techniques from my new book. Create your own unique printed fabric on Day 1 and add stitched details to turn it into a wall hanging on Day 2. CLASS FULL. I will be teaching there again later in 2015.

February 1-14
The Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour!
14 Artists-14 Books to Give Away-14 Days of Tips and Projects!

February 19, 2015
Book signing at Stifel & Capra
Please be sure to RSVP for this event:


By Trudi Van Dyke for Fiber Art Now Magazine
By Mark Lipinski (4th review in post)
By Lynn Krawczyk
By Pokey Bolton
By Jane Davila
By Judy Gula (Artistic Artifacts)
By Gerrie Congdon
By Lynda Heines
By Carol R. Eaton
By Lisa Chin
By Susan Purney Mark

Interview with The Art League School

Julie's 2015
Teaching Schedule

February 8
Hearts & Lace

March 21 & 22
Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth

Starting April 15 (8 sessions)
Exploring Surface Design (Spring Session)

Starting April 22 (5 sessions)
Fabric Painting, Printing, and Stitching to Tell a Story with Cloth

June 13 & 14
Jumpstart in Surface Design

Don't live near Julie but would love to take one of her classes? Belong to a quilt or fiber guild or just an interested group of fiber fanatics? Why not consider having Julie come to you! Contact her at: To see additional class descriptions click here.


I Recommend This Book

I finally had time to sit down and read my fellow Printed Fabric Bee member, Lynn Krawczyk's book. What a treat! She gives you all the basics to create fabrics with intention! I love how she talks about surface design and her love of "paint flinging". She has great tips for layering with color and texture so that fabrics sing! Lots of fun projects too...and these are projects that are simple enough to do in an afternoon but sophisticated enough that you want to make them. This book is a must for surface design enthusiasts like me!


Issue #25

Join the Tour!

A Personal Note from Julie

January 25, 2015

This next month promises to be full of exciting events and I can't wait!

Next Friday (January 30), I'll be having my very first official book signing event at Artistic Artifacts (Alexandria, VA) It should be a great time...and I hope to see lots of you locals (and that the weather is kind!). Owner, Judy Gula, has purchased a stack of books and I have my Sharpie ready to go to personalize your copy of Fabric Printing at Home.

My two-day workshop, Fabric Printing at Home: A Kitchen Sampler, is now full. But Judy promises to invite me back for another round a bit later in the year. Please give her a call and let her know that you're interested...We'll get a list going!

On Thursday, February 19th, my Sharpie and I will head on over to Stifel & Capra (Falls Church, VA) for a second book signing event. Theresa Stifel is uncorking the wine and setting out some yummy goodies. This is a reservation-only event so be sure to email her to let her know you're coming ( In addition to inscribing your book, I'll be demonstrating a number of kitchen potential surface design techniques...think fun stuff like fruit and veggie printing and plastic wrap monoprints...maybe you'll even have the chance to roll an ear of paint-covered corn across some fabric!

And last...but surely not least... February 1 marks the beginning of the Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour!!! I've asked 13 stupendous fiber artists to join me. The Tour runs through February 14th and each day will be hosted by a different artist. Fourteen copies of Fabric Printing at Home will be given away during this event. I'll start off the Tour at my blog, Julie B Booth Surface Design, and plan to post everyday to introduce each artist along with surface design tips and tricks and PROJECTS! And since we're approaching Valentine's Day, you can bet that those projects will include some hearts (and perhaps some additional giveaways). Please join in the fun and leave comments on my or the other artists' blog posts to be eligible to win.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, this month's project focuses on creating some heart-felt scarves using one of my all-time favorite types of print glue on recycled cardboard!

Enjoy and hope to see lots of you real soon!


Hot (Glue) Hearts!

Create these hot silk scarf designs using hot glue on recycled cardboard and craft foam blocks.

Designing the Print Blocks
You will need the following materials to create your print blocks:

  • Corrugated cardboard. I recycled cardboard boxes. Measure the width of the scarf and cut a square the same width. I cut three 8" squares to make three different designs.
  • Craft foam (approximately 3/16" thick) enough to make two to three 2" squares.
  • (2) Adhesive-backed craft foam hearts. Use commercially cut ones or create your own by cutting heart shapes from a sheet of adhesive-backed craft foam.
  • Pencil.
  • Craft knife with #11 blades. To cut the cardboard and craft foam.
  • Self-healing cutting mat.
  • Clear gridded ruler.
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks.
1. Measure and cut the squares of cardboard. Draw designs. Because I wanted to design scarves with a Valentine's Day theme, I focused on heart shapes and playing with the XOXO symbol for "hugs and kisses".

2, Insert a glue stick into the hot glue gun and turn on the gun to melt it. Be very careful not to touch the tip of the gun or the melted plastic "glue".

3. Follow your drawn designs on the cardboard. I usually hold the tip of the gun approximately 1/16" off the cardboard. Squeeze the trigger of the hot glue gun and release it at regular intervals to keep the heated plastic "glue" flowing.

4. Design a craft foam heart block: Cut a 2" square from the 3/16" foam. Pull the paper backing off one of the pre-cut heart shapes and center it on the foam square. Peel the paper off a second pre-cut heart and adhere it to the first one.

Here are the finished blocks:

Printing Your Valentine's Scarves
You will need the following materials to print:

  • Hot glue on cardboard print blocks
  • Craft foam print blocks
  • Silk scarves. I used 8mm habotai silk scarves (8" x 54") and 8mm silk satin scarves (8" x 54"). You may need to iron the scarves before printing.
  • Flat work surface that can accommodate the scarf's length. Cover the work surface with a blanket or felt for padding and then with plastic to protect the work surface. The scarves I used were very thin. To prevent the paint from "migrating" on the plastic, I covered the plastic with muslin. You could also use an old sheet or cotton fabric. If you don't have a large enough work surface, use your Padded Portable Work Surface (See Issue #2 under Get Ready, Get Set...) and work on the scarf in sections.
  • Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paints. I used the following colors: Fuchsia, Cardinal Red, Cobalt Blue, Black Lake.
  • Small plastic containers with lids to hold paint. I like to use Ziploc xs/bowl 8 fl. oz. containers, but you could use recycled yogurt, margarine or other small containers.
  • Plastic spoons for mixing paint.
  • 1" Foam brushes. You will need these to apply paint to the foam blocks.
  • Glass or Plexi-glass palette. I purchase glass from the framing department at my local craft store. Buy the least expensive glass available and tape the edges with duct tape. 
  • 4" Dense foam brayers. I like to use the Rollrite brand. One for each color you apply to the hot glue on cardboard blocks.
  • Container with water.
  • Paper towels.
1. Lay the scarf on the covered work surface.

2. Printing with the Hot Glue on Cardboard Blocks: Use undiluted transparent fabric paints to print the hot glue on cardboard blocks. Transparent paints do not affect the hand (or "feel" of) the thin silk fabric as much as opaque paints do. Spoon approximately 1/4 teaspoon of paint onto the glass palette and roll the brayer over the paint until it is evenly coated. When you need more paint, add a small amount at a time to the glass. Always remember that a little goes a long way!

3. Roll the paint across the hot glue on cardboard block until the designs are evenly coated with paint. It's more than likely that not all parts of the design will be covered...this is the wonderful organic nature of the hot glue block!

4. Turn the paint-covered block onto the scarf and press to release the paint.

5. Printing with the Craft Foam Blocks: After printing the first layer with the hot glue on cardboard block, it's time to print with craft foam blocks. To print the heart design, I mixed a 1:1 ratio of Fuchsia and Cardinal Red in a small plastic container and applied the paint to the block with a foam brush. Be sure to wipe the edge of the brush across the side of the container to release excess paint before applying it. Turn the block over onto the scarf and press to release the paint.

6. After the heart designs dry, overprint with a square craft foam block. Undiluted transparent fabric paint colors are very saturated. To lighten up the color, gradually add small amounts of water. Be careful though, the more water you add, the more likely that the edges of the printed shape will blur and the colors will migrate (unless you want this effect). Using transparent paints also means that overprinted colors will mix with and change the first color layer (very similar to watercolor paints). Apply the paint to the block with a foam brush.

Other Ideas
Layer hot glue on cardboard block designs: Print more than one layer using either the same or a different block. If using the same block, offset the second print or turn the block a quarter or half turn and print.

The black designs on this scarf were made by printing 2 layers with a hot glue on cardboard block. The block was rotated 180 degrees to print the second layer.

Make a brayer rubbing by placing the hot glue on cardboard block under the scarf and rolling paint over the covered area to pick up the designs.

Here are the finished scarves:

Setting the Paint
After the scarves are completely dry, the fabric paint needs to be set before washing. The paint can be set in one of the following ways:

1. Let the fabrics passively set by letting them sit for a week.

2. Iron to set. Place a piece of muslin or a pressing cloth over the printed scarf and iron for 5-6 minutes using the cotton setting.

Once the fabric paint is set, the scarves can be machine washed in a cold delicate setting (or hand-washed) with a small amount of detergent.


Copyright © 2015 Julie B Booth Surface Design, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp