Lyric converted me! I can hardly believe it myself. Generally, I avoid art techniques that seem too complicated or take too much time or require me to plan ahead. Thermofax printing definitely fell into this category, so I never tried it.
My friend Lyric has a new dvd workshop out and she really wanted me to test it out from the point of view of a complete newbie. So, she sent me the dvd plus a screen and a frame for the screen.
Honestly, I would have no idea how to proceed, but I popped in the dvd and Lyric explained and demo'ed everything. Even putting the screen in the frame seemed complicated, but once I watched Lyric do it, I knew I could manage. Ta Da!
Actually, even before I received and watched the dvd, I read through the excellent tutorial on Lyric's website about designing images for your screen. And I was able to do that myself too! Who knew?! So, I sent her this pomegranate image and that's the screen she prepared for me.
Then I watched the printing techniques chapter of the dvd and was ready to print. Lyric's personality and professionalism is so likable and listenable. She's a great teacher and all of that comes through on the dvd.
Here I am ready to pull the paint through the screen!
Check it out! I am really pleased with these images. They are not all perfect and I can definitely imagine that more practice and experimenting with various paints and fabrics would yield different results... but I love these and I'm eager to use them in fabric collages.
The dvd is not just how-to technique stuff. There is also excellent info about design, layered imagery and using the screens with materials beyond paint!
65 minutes of thorough instruction
Getting Started: what is a thermofax screen
Finding Images: find and design your own
How to Print: printing techniques and tools
Designing: creating cloth with layered imagery
I'm giving away a copy of Lyric's dvd. So just comment here and I'll pick a winner on May 21. Plus, check out all the other artists who have made cool prints with the information on Lyric's dvd. They are all giving away copies of the dvd too. (But, you could just buy one today and start printing now. You won't regret it.)
May 1 Sue Price & Elizabeth Gibson http://pgfiber2art.blogspot.com/
May 2 Judy Coates Perez http://www.judycoatesperez.comMay 4 Linda Stokes www.lindastokes-textileartist.comMay 6 Jane Davila http://janedavila.blogspot.comMay 6 Melanie Testa http://melanietesta.com/blog/May 7 Liz Kettle http://www.textileevolution.com/index.php/our-journeyMay 8 Carol Sloan http://carolbsloan.blogspot.comMay 9 Kathy York http://aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.comMay 11 Susan Brubaker Knapp http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.comMay 12 Desiree Habicht http://myclothesline.blogspot.comMay 13 Jamie Fingal http://JamieFingalDesigns.blogspot.com/May 14 Deborah Boschert http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.comMay 15 Sarah Ann Smith sarahannsmith.com/weblog