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Digital Surface Design With Diane Rusin Doran, Giveaway!

The drawing is now closed.  Drum roll please for Daphne Greig!

And the winner of the DVD is Daphne Greig, comment number 3!

And the winner of the DVD is Daphne Greig, comment number 3!

And I’ve selected one more person to be eligible to win some of Diane’s fabric.  Each member of the bloghop is selecting a second comment, sending that name to Diane, and at the end of the week she will select a winner for the fabric.  That was comment 26:

The second drawing to be eligible to win some of Diane's fabric.

The second drawing to be eligible to win some of Diane’s fabric.

NOTE:   The DRAWING is OVER and comments on this post are closed.  You can comment on other posts though!

Oh what FUN!  There is a reason why Diane Rusin Doran’s blog is called Ooh! Pretty Colors!  In her new Quilting Arts Video Workshop,  Digital Surface Design, Diane shows you how to make your own cloth digitally:  just think of it: all the beauty of hand-dyed fabrics, of hand-printed fabrics, in just the colors and designs you want, endlessly re-printable, and as she said in the conclusion, if you can click a mouse and move a slider on your computer, you can follow her clear instructions and create your own digital art cloth.  The download is available now at the Interweave Store, here, and the DVD will be available for order in a matter of days.  I’m thrilled she asked me to be part of her bloghop and giveaway.  Keep reading to find out how to win a free DVD!

Diane Rusin Doran's new Quilting Arts Workshop:  Digital Surface Designs

Diane Rusin Doran’s new Quilting Arts Workshop: Digital Surface Designs

This workshop is all about creating your own digital art cloth.  Diane teaches you how to emulate traditional surface design, which she defines as the application or removal of color and pattern on cloth, with your computer.  You’ll need Photoshop Elements (software available for under $100), and can print your designs at home or by sending your files away to a fabric printing service. I will be downloading my copy onto my iPad (I have a download, not the DVD) so that I can watch on my iPad, pausing when necessary, and work alongside Diane on my laptop at the same time; you could do the same by watching the DVD on a TV and working on your computer.

I can’t recall when I first met Diane in person, but we’ve “known” each other online for years.  Several years ago I saw her Return of the Grackle quilt in person and was absolutely riveted:  it is quite large, 40×51 inches–I just wish you could see how stunning it is in person:

Return of the Grackle by Diane Rusin Doran

Return of the Grackle by Diane Rusin Doran

The video has five sections:

1.  Introduction (7 minutes)

Diane talks about what she will teach us, what supplies you need, and why you might want to do digital rather than traditional surface design.   Diane’s lessons build on each previous segment so that by the end you can create a layered composition, breaking what at first seems daunting into an easy step-by-step process.

2.  Digital Backgrounds for Hand-dyed Effects (20 minutes)

Diane teaches us how to make a softly mottled cloth using a photo of clouds in the sky, and how to simulate drip-dyed fabric by carefully showing step by step how (and where to find the correct thing to click) to navigate Photoshop Elements.  Diane used a PC with a newer version of Elements than I have, but it was easy to follow.  I plan to re-play the entire video and copy down the sequences step by step for various lessons in this video so I have them for handy reference when I go to play.  Familiarity with Photoshop Elements is helpful, but by no means necessary.

3.  Digital Patterning using Brushes (19 minutes)

I’ve played around with Elements a lot and learned quite a bit, but this DVD is way better than just stumbling across something:  it is  guided play.  I’d already discovered many of the things Diane teaches in the previous section, but this chapter was uncharted territory for me.  My brain started into high gear as soon as she mentioned re-sizing motifs at will and creating your own brushes to supplement the default ones in the software.  For example, I can carve a block traditionally, but then scan in a print and use Diane’s methods to re-size and print at various scales without laboriously re-carving the block (only to decide that wasn’t quite the right size).  So I can still get the hands-on that I crave, but with infinitely more possibilities.

4.  Designing with Layers  (15 minutes)

In the last major section, Diane then shows you  how to combine what you did in simulating hand dyeing and stamping stenciling to create layers of imagery and color on cloth.

5.  Gallery and Conclusion (7 minutes)

Finally, Diane shows us fabrics, and variations on the themes, printed from what she has taught us in the 3 teaching segments of the video.  Here are some of her printed fabrics (and part of her portion of the giveaway):

Win these fabrics made by Diane by commenting on  blogs in this bloghop--see the link below.

Win these fabrics made by Diane by commenting on blogs in this bloghop–see the link below.

Her favorite fabric is the one used on the cover of the DVD, which I first saw in a shirt she was wearing in November at International Quilt Festival:  yes, she printed it on a knit fabric and made a shirt out of it, and I love it!

Diane had her design printed onto fabric, then made this beautiful top!

Diane had her design printed onto fabric, then made this beautiful top!

Diane’s first QA Workshop, Digital Collage for Quilt Design, is now on its way to me.  I can’t wait to combine the two and work on a quilt…I have this photo of a rose……

I've already ordered Diane's first video workshop...this new one has whet my desire to play!

I’ve already ordered Diane’s first video workshop…this new one has whet my desire to play!

So I invite you to join me in thinking how to combine traditional manual arts with the computer!

Here’s the schedule for the bloghop and giveaway.  Like Candy, on January 28th I will be drawing one name from those who comment on this post on my blog to win the DVD.  That means for the next nearly two weeks, you can visit ALL of these blogs and get FIVE chances to win a copy of this DVD.  I’ll also pick a SECOND   lucky person to be eligible to win a packet of Diane’s custom digitally designed cloth (see her blog to read about it); that drawing will take place on Diane’s blog!

And I’ll close with another fabulous quilt by Diane, California Dreaming:

Diane Rusin Doran, California Dreaming

Diane Rusin Doran, California Dreaming.  Printed on silk and just LOOK at that quilting!

93 Responses to “Digital Surface Design With Diane Rusin Doran, Giveaway!”

  1. Michelle L. Johnson Says:

    Thank you for the description of the dvd-how exciting to find a new way to design fabric.I look forward to getting this, whether by winning or later buying myself.
    working digitally on creating fabric solves my problem of not having a good space to dye.

  2. Rachel Parris Says:

    I’m working through her first DVD now. Really want this one too!

  3. Shel Hein Says:

    I love Photoshop Elements! This DVD sounds like a must-have! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  4. Holly McLean Says:

    I don’t have Photoshop but it has been on my list for a while. I have been entrance with Diane’s work as well. I’d sure love to win the DVD!

  5. Angie Says:

    I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for years now for scrapbooking…how cool to find out how to use it for quilting! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Winnie Says:

    OMG!!! I am so inspired by your work, I want to cry!

  7. Rafael's mum Says:

    Beautiful work! I’d love to learn how to do this. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  8. SouixBee Says:

    I really wanted this DVD, but I was having trouble justifying the cost (a little broke after Christmas); but, your write up pushed me over the edge. I will own that DVD. I only hope I can wait until after the drawing.

  9. Hanneke Says:

    wonder if there’s a digital download for those of us a distance away? What I really need is to know how to make more hours in my day!

  10. Sue Says:

    I have been wanting to delve into the world of digital art quilts. I’m all set with the software but need some professional guidance. What better help than from someone who produces beautiful digital cloth!

  11. morningdove Says:

    gorgeous quilts, love California Dreaming. wonderful giveaway.

  12. Rhonda Says:

    This looks like SEW much fun. Maybe I can get my husband to buy Photoshop for me for my birthday. Thanks for the chance to win the DVD.

  13. Wendy Says:

    I’ve done some quilts based on my own photos, but haven’t ventured into printing on fabric–yet. Think of all the possibilities!

  14. Linda elder Says:

    Wow. Look at all these people who love Diane’s work. Count me in! I have her first DVD and would love to have this one as well. I saw the quilting arts segment with her and was amazed at the beauty.

  15. DianneT Says:

    keeping my fingers crossed for this one, I need the help

  16. Debbie Says:

    I would really enjoy this book – I love working with Photoshop with my photography and to be able to print fabric from my own designs/photos would be simply awesome!

  17. Stacey Says:

    This is very cool! I would love to try something like this!

  18. Cathy C. Says:

    Thank you for the summary and for sponsoring the giveaway.

  19. suzie hammond Says:

    I have done much fabric/computer/photo printing over the years and would love to add these techniques to what I have had to invent down here in the wilds of Chile where I have bolts of white cotton and little else.

  20. Susan Grancio Says:

    Diane’s work is amazing – her dvd would surely take a lot of frustrating trial and error from transforming photos in PE for original cloth

  21. Shirley Wiltshire Says:

    Enjoying the blog hop. This is new ways to see and experience new techniques.

  22. Pauline gacal Says:

    Would love to be able to experiment with Elements to produce quilts

  23. judith talley Says:

    I would love to learn Diane’s creative process on the computer. I can see how you could create fantastic original fabrics to use in your most personal projects.

  24. Jackie Berry Says:

    I love photography as much as I love quilting. I take photos and use them as inspirations for my nature related quilts. I have been an educator for 44 years, and now am beginning to find time to quilt as I’d like and am BEGINNING to get my website together. I use photoshop a lot, manipulate my photos and would LOVE to learn how to incorporate all my loves into one package. SO GLAD she’s come out with the DVD. Loved your photos from the shows. It’s fun to now have time to read blogs.

  25. Mary Ann Says:

    I already have Elements 9 with Diane’s cd I could learn how to use it more effectively.

  26. Nancy Says:

    Diane’s work is just gorgeous! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  27. textilerecycler Says:

    Diane’s work is FAB! Would love to win the DVD and kick my own work up a notch or two.
    textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot) com

  28. Chris Appleby Says:


  29. Janice Says:

    Diane’s work is very impressive. I would love to win the DVD!

  30. April Works Says:

    Very inspirational work. I have printed on fabric and have heard of Spoonflower but never used it. Sounds like something I would like to try

  31. Julie Hallquist Says:

    I would love this DVD to learn more about how to use Photoshop Elements to get surface design effects without the mess required from more traditional methods.

  32. Amy Vetter Says:

    I love the dog quilts you showed, lots of fun, especially Artie! Thank you for this opportunity to win Diane’s DVD!!

  33. Ann Hudson Says:

    Diane’s quilts are too fabulous, would love to learn some of her methods via this DVD! Thank you for the opportunity!

  34. Journi M Says:

    I’m so inspired by your work! I really admire your Naiads creation! I’m new to quilting and I can’t believe how many new techniques there are in quilting these day! Thank you for the opportunity to win Diane’s DVD! I’m a photographer and would love to learn how to incorporate the into creating my own fabrics! Thank you for your great information about this DVD – GREAT job! With fingers crossed 😉 Journi

  35. Ann Craig Says:

    I love your quilts and techniques and would love this DVD as well. I could push myself into some new techniques! What fun! Hope I win this DVD!

  36. Donalee Kennedy Says:

    Please count me in on the I want this! …. wow.. what beautiful work. I don’t have elements, I have CS5… but there are so many overlaps I think it might work.

    Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  37. Sharon L. Schlotzhauer Says:

    What absolutely beautiful fabric – I’d love to know how to make it!

  38. Cyndee Carson Says:

    Looks like awesome stimulation for my artwork !

  39. Joyce Potter Says:

    Beautiful images! Inspiring!

    Would love to learn her tricks…

  40. Debby Harwell Says:

    Wow, this DVD looks amazing and it’s one I don’t have yet, so you can count me in on this one!
    Thanks for the review!

  41. Donalee kenndy Says:

    You know I adore your style, and I’m going to own this one way or another ! Your marketing (transfer if information) is VERY good.

  42. Jerri Mitchell Says:

    Love, love, love the use of color and pattern to create awesome designs. Great work!

  43. saleck Says:

    superbe travail!