Sunday, June 10, 2012

Got Me Again!!! Hooked on a New technique!!

I had the opportunity to take a Thermofax screen printing class yesterday with two delightful gals, Susan Price and Elizabeth Gibson.  The class was held at one of my alternate homes, Artistic Artifacts Annex. For those who are not aware of what Thermofax Screen printing is, here is a quick description.  Someone made the discovery that old Thermofax machines (once used for creating transparencies in schools and such) could be used to burn screens to be used in artwork.  The production of the screens requires 1. a Thermofax  machine ( folks are busy refurbishing old machines for just this purpose) 2. the special coated screen material  3. a black and white toner copy image .  When placed against the screen, the toner image (that contains carbon)  will be burned into the screen material removing the coating in the carbon area- where ever the image is back.
These machines are EXPENSIVE and there is quite a steep learning curve for getting things all worked out and set up.  Elizabeth and Susan have invested in a machine and are working on their own Small business to create screens for other artists who want to print with their own images.  This is the point where my own photography and artwork comes on the scene!!  Their business is call PG Fiber to Art and I will be sure to let you all know when they are up and running for making screens for the public.
In the meantime they taught the class yesterday at Artistic Artifacts Annex ( one of my alternate homes) to teach us how to work with the screens .  We got to print with a wonderful stash of their own screens  and to learn how to best work with the paint on our own fabrics.
I did not do any printing on plain fabrics!  No, not me!! I took along pieces of fabric that had already been manipulated with color. Above is a gelatin mono printed piece of muslin that was done with large bubble wrap then i practiced with the small flower screen using a mixture of yellow and a strong orange paint to WAKE Up this background.
This is one of my favorite pieces. This is a piece of my hand dyed muslin that a printed with several different Queen Anne's Lace screens using several different colors of paint with several different opacity levels.  I love the depth in this piece.
This small bit is a used tea bag that i took apart after the tea had dried out a bit and then printed with another small flower screen!!  Love this!! Save your tea bags!!!
Here is another fabulous Queen Anne's Lace screen printed on one of my sun prints.  I used a mixture of white and purple paints to get the color shift effects.  ( I am not one to keep it simple with just one color of paint, once I got the printing technique down, playtime and experimentation definitely took over!!!)

This is another favorite piece!  This began as a vintage doily that i rust dyed.  the rust dying was less than exciting so it went into the low immersion dye pile and came out quite well.  Not done yet- more Queen Anne's Lace screens and now it is FABULOUS!!!( If I do say so myself!!)

This fabric was created using large bubble bubble wrap on a gelatin plate and then the butterfly screens were added yesterday!!  Much better!! LOVE THIS !!

This piece began life as a large piece of plain muslin.  I wet the fabric and sprinkled it with instant coffee granules and let it dry in the sun.  After heat setting the stains with an iron- REALLY hot- it got screen printed with my favorite Queen Anne's Lace Screens.  O LA LA!!!

Today I am going to be working on my own photographs and then going on a walk to collect some Queen Anne's lace to make my own screens!!
I am hooked again - like a junkie on crack!!! I rushed home and started going thru my photos to find special shots that would work best for this technique.  Now I have yet another layer of my personal images to add to my textile and paper projects. 
It does not get much better than this- let me tell you!!!


Jacky said...

This looks amazing wonder you are hooked!!!
I have seen and read a little about thermofax printing, so nice to see what you have done and know that these girls will be opening a business!
Now to see what you do with this new technique.

Happy Sunday to you.

Jacky xox

Carol Sloan said...

Nice work Elizabeth! Esp. the hand dyed fabrics! It is VERY addictive, isn't it? They also work great on tee shirts and onesies!

Annika said...

I love your fabrics! I haven't tried Thermofax printing yet, but I'd like to try it very much. I also like the lacy sun print: beautiful. And the instant coffee granules: ingenious. I'll have to try these things!

Sharon said...

Oh I love all of them. I have always wanted to try the thermofax process but never enough time. But what you created are gorgeous!!!!!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Liz
You have been so busy experimenting lately just now with thermofax screens and nuno felting.
You always excel with your results.
They look fantastic!
x Suzy


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