Thanks Cathy and Congratulations!!! 🙂
and thank you to all the others who left a comment about what they are most interested in learning. Glad to see lots of interest in painting, surface design and mixed media techniques.
Well, my friend Lyric Kinard, just produced a brand new DVD that will answer any questions you may have about using Thermofax screens.
I’ve known Lyric, as a friend and fellow teacher, ordered Thermaofax screens to sell in my Tea & Ephemera classes from her, for years, but have never been in one of her classes. Now, I know why all her students think she’s a great teacher. She is so personable and clear with her instruction, hands down this is a great DVD!
One of the things I found really interesting, is when Lyric explained how a thermofax is made, I didn’t know that it’s a different process than a traditional light exposed silkscreen.
Lyric discusses how she makes designs for her screens; showing her sketches and ideas, working with photo imagery that she finds or takes herself, and how to manipulate it in editing software. This will surely trigger new ideas for creating screens of your own.
Lyric also covers the ins and outs of successful printing techniques with different tools for screening, as well as inks and cleaning and caring for your screens.
The last section has great information on designing cloth; covering scale, color, transparency and opacity, unity, repetition, and placement. All good design essentials.
65 minutes of thorough instruction, Chapters include:
Order a DVD of Thermofax 101 directly from Lyric.
You can find an article I wrote about using Decolourant, a type of discharge paste, in Quilting Arts magazine February/March 2012 issue.
The consistency of Decolourant is very gelatinous and works fantastic with screening, since it doesn’t bleed the way paint can if it’s too thin. The other benefit of using Decolourant, is that it’s not bleach! which has terrible fumes and can continue to eat away at the fibers of your fabric, if you don’t neutralize it enough.
These are some examples of Thermofax screened DeCourant on various hand dyes. The first sample is using clear DeColourant and the other two are with yellow DeColourant.
Decolorant comes in a variety of colors, that removes the dyed fabric color and at the same time puts a new color in when heat is applied. This makes it great for printing light colored imagery on dark fabric. Also the different colors of Decolorant are also mixable.
To use DeCoulrant; apply it to fabric (brush, screen or stamp), let it dry and then use a hot iron with steam to activate the discharging process. Note: dark blue fabrics are notorious for not discharging, it’s something to do with the particular dye formula for blue.
Leave a comment, between now and May 5th, telling me
What kind of art or quilting techniques/skills are you most interested in learning?
On May 6th, I’ll choose one comment using a random number generator to receive Lyrics DVD. FYI this is open to overseas comments as well 🙂
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