The artists of Digital Atelier co-authored a book on digital mixed media processes they developed over a 10 year period. It is was published in 2004 by Watson-Guptill and can be ordered at a discount from by selecting the link on the above icon.

Digital Art Studio:
Techniques for combining inkjet printing with traditional art materials
Karin Schminke
Dorothy Simpson Krause
Bonny Pierce Lhotka

A manual of innovative techniques developed to integrate inkjet printing with traditional artists tools and processes. Ten years of experimentation previously available only within limited workshops is presented for artists interested in exploring this new genre of digital/ mixed media. Topics include:
•  creating unique surfaces on which to print
•  underprinting and overprinting
•  wet transfers
•  dry emulsion transfers
•  gelatin (fresco) transfers
•  layered printing
•  dimensional images
•  fabric printing

The book has 160 pages, includes 300 full-color illustrations with step-by-step instructions. It is priced at $29.95. One of the demonstrations from page 38 - 389, Base Method; Preparing Nonwoven Fabric has been posted to give a sense of the way the content is presented. Responses to frequently asked questions and updates are also posted.

If you would like more information on Digital Art Studio, Lorna Gentry wrote about it for PEI, Wayne Cosshall reviewed it on The Digital ImageMaker site and Aisling D'Art has a review on the How to Make Art website. There is also a review of Digital Art Studio in the Winter 2005 edition of Printmaking Today - check out their website and consider subscribing - and there are more than 50 five star reviews of the book on the website. Below is the review from the Library Journal:

Schminke, Dorothy Simpson Krause, and Bonny Pierce Lhotka, from Seattle,
Boston, and Boulder, respectively, are three outstanding digital and print
artists. In 1997 they collaborated on a three-week workshop at the
Smithsonian American Art Museum. In their hands, the computer becomes a
mixed-media machine to weave together traditional and contemporary art
materials with digital scanners, cameras, and image software. The first half
of this book explores ways to prepare surfaces for digital printing. The
second covers advanced methods for printing images to absorbent,
non-absorbent, and three-dimensional surfaces, and how to layer digital
prints with collage and paint. Also useful: a glossary of terms and a
resource guide for hardware, software, and art materials. The result of ten
years of experimentation, this should remain a useful and inspiring work for
many years to come despite the rapidity with which the digital world
changes. Highly recommended for all collections.

Alan Singer, professor at RIT’s School of Art, where Digital Art Studio was exhibited in the fall of 2008 says: “Digital Atelier’s collective work is a bridge between technology and traditional art. Their artwork is an eclectic mix of images with vibrant originality—representing a kind of cutting edge in printmaking by building lush textures of color and content.”




Digital Atelier is a registered trademark of Dorothy Simpson Krause, Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke. All images copyright of the artists.