I have just bought a book called 'Make it Personal' by Hilary Beattie and I can recommend it for creating your own backgrounds and fabrics. Lots of information on printing and suggestions for taking it further. She is planning a series of books on how to get from your initial inspiration to a finished piece so I am looking forward to the next one.
Yesterday I went on a workshop with Lindsey Tyson doing Devore and Transfer Printing. We had a very busy day but we managed to get several pieces of fabric devored and then we printed over the top of some of them as well as printing on other fabrics. It was a very good day and the cake was delicious. Here is some of my work.
This was a crumpled transfer print over devored satin
This was a transfer print over polyester/cotton
This was a transfer print on to some Evelon that I took with me
I didn't print onto the velvet we devored, I am saving that for something else.