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Book Review: Design Magic

Design Magic
Shelly Stokes
Cedar Canyon Textiles; $22.95

In this follow-up to her first book, Paintstiks on Fabric, Shelly Stokes continues exploring the possibilities of Shiva® Artist’s Paintstiks®. In this book, Shelly’s Design Magic method is based on a Japanese design principle known as Notan, which is defined as the interaction between positive and negative, light and dark space. The process includes creating a design, making a pair of equal and opposite stencils and then stenciling the images on fabric with Paintstiks. Shelly’s step-by-step instructions are very complete, down to cleaning your brushes. She includes instructions for stenciling whole cloth and patchwork images as well as instructions for five projects ranging in difficulty. If you prefer not to cut your own freezer-paper templates, Shelly includes one set of DesignMagic™ Stencils. You’ll find lots of inspiration from the gallery in the book, and if you want more, you’ll find it in the learning center on Shelly’s website.

Look for the book at your favorite quilt retailer. Here’s a link to Amazon if you would like to learn more about the book.

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