I have tried different methods of printing photo’s on fabric. Lately a lot of people that I know mentioned Spoonflower where you can design and print your own fabric. http://www.spoonflower.com
I wanted to print something in a large scale. The only method that I new was to print a bunch of 8 x 11 sheets from my computer and stitch them together. I didn’t want any seams for this project. I went to my husbands photography files (he is a photographer) and found a beautiful abstract of a rock that I really loved. He works with PhotoshopCS5 program and he came up with over a couple of dozen steps that make his normal photography have a different look.
To see his work check out www.abeautifulsky.com
I choose this rock photo. Here is the original photo
In photoshop he applied dozens of steps to add an abstract feel to the rock and create different color schemes. You need to click on the photo’s to enlarge to see.
It was hard choosing which color I wanted to test and send to Spoonflower to print, but we both decided on the blue/aqua, although the purple was a close second. So I went a head and was able to order a large print on one yard of fabric with some white around the border.
Waiting was the hardest part to see how close it came to the colors in the original photo. The photo is saturated to its fullest before loading it on to the site. It came in the mail a couple of days ago. It looks really nice. The colors are not as saturated but by the time I do quilting and other things I want to do to it, I don’t think you will notice. It came out better than I expected!
I am amazed that I can have something printed this large with one sheet of fabric. I ordered the kona cotton fabric to have it printed on. I also tested to see if the color ran at all before quilting it. I wanted to keep some of the white border because I will be quilting into the border. Nothing ran or bled into the water. I had it in a sink so I could check to see. My thoughts are to add layers of batting here and there to make it three dimensional when I am basting the quilt. I also want to add fibers here and there. Can’t wait to start!!