Still in the drawing stage, I plan to do a lot more to this. Hand-dyed fabric, Thermofax Screen Printing and lots of sketching.
“Thermofax Screen Printing is easy!” I have told this to many people over the last few years and more times than not their eyes will glaze over with doubt and I know that I’ve lost them. So I’ve been working on ideas to make this idea a bit more clear, easy and most of all fun!
This first idea started in early autumn while walking my kids to school. The leaves were just beginning to drop and I found myself admiring their lovely shapes and lines. So I gathered up a small variety and scanned them into my computer. I wasn’t sure what I would make at first but I eventually landed on the idea of a Thermofax screen printed tablecloth. I journeyed over one of our local discount home décor stores and picked up a lovely tablecloth and matching napkins for all of $16.
Next, I ran the scanned leaf images through a few filters in Photoshop to make them black and white images for the Thermofax machine (Morty). Then I figured out the right size for the images, made my screens and got to printing.
I did test out each screen to see how it printed. Then I picked out my paint and colors. Some paint is thinner and may not show the details, some didn’t have the colors I wanted. So I settled with Jaquard Textile Paint. They had all the lovely fall colors I was looking for. Usually I would just use what paint I had on hand but sadly many of my colors were running low, so I did need to restock a little bit for this project.
Here’s the tablecloth all plain and ready to go.
Here’s the printing in progress. I experimented with various colors. If I didn’t like how a print came out, I just didn’t print it again. If I liked it, I did a lot more of it.
Matching napkins on the drying rack.
And Voilà! Doesn’t it look awesome?! My sister is a master at table setting and helped me set this up to show how cool it turned out. It was super easy and did not cost that much money to make. Can you squirt paint and squish it with a foam brush? Then you can do this.
The theme was orange circles set by Lynn Krawczyk. The fabric is from the stash. I hand-dyed this a few years ago when I did the MSU Project. It has a lovely rust tone to it that knew I wanted (I know Lynn likes a good rust color). First I Thermofax Screen Printed the larger round circles in browns and black. Once that was dry I printed a mini version of Circles Sprites in gold for a little contrast and texture.Then I dug out every container of orange paint I could find, along with every orange, brown and black marker I could unearth in the studio. Then I just started experimenting with the different shades and types of paint. If something looked cool, I did some more, if it didn’t, I put it away. I layered up the colors for a bit, then broke out the pens and markers and started drawing on the painted and unpainted areas. Pebeo makes a fabric marker that worked really well for this. But beware, the odor is pretty strong with these. Also, metallic Sharpies are absolute favorites. So print, paint, draw was my method of creative mayhem. I love how it turned out and can’t wait to tackle the next theme.
Not long ago, during a trip to Michael’s Crafts I discovered a canvas covered journal. Unable to resist, I snatched it up and made plans to test it out. So here you go:
I went simple on this one. I asked a few folks around me if I should add some color and the consensus was no. But it does have a hardcover and could easily withstand a few rounds of printing or whatever else you had in mind. So I would say its worth checking out.
The Printed Fabric Bee is a printed fabric exchange between ten professional textile artists. Each month a member of the chooses a theme, making her the Queen, and the members of the Hive create a piece of fabric based on her choices. In the end, each member will have a collection of custom made fabric made by all the members of the Hive.
Please visit our members at their websites:
Lynn Krawczyk: http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/
Julie B. Booth: http://www.threadbornblog.com/
Gerrie Congdon: http://www.gericondesigns.com/
Leslie Riley: http://www.lesleyriley.com/
Carol R. Eaton: http://carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com/
Jackie Lams: http://www.studiolams.com/
Lisa Chin: http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com/
Susan Purney Mark: http://susanpm.com/
Lynda Heines: http://www.bloombakecreate.com/
Pokey Bolton: http://pokeysponderings.com/
I am darn excited to share a new project in the latest edition of Quilting Arts Gifts. What makes this even more fun is that one of the featured bookmarks has Thermofax screens designed by our oldest son. That orange tie on the right with the happy little robot was created by him.
Okay, technically I printed and made the bookmark but the screen design is all his. ‘I’m published!’ was his happy response.
Quilting Arts Gifts 2013-2014 hits the newsstands August 27th. But you can get an inside view here at the interweave store.
We’ve had a few really hot days of summer lately. So that means its time to break out the sun paint. I would break out the MX dyes as well, but time has been a bit of an issue. Here’s a piece that has been evolving in stages over the last few months. It is second hand fabric that was hand-dyed, then screen printed and now sun painted with a construction fence. I’m really happy with how it is turning out.
Wow, what amazing feedback I’ve gotten on the last post! You asked about the pens and here you go, Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric. I bought a whole box off of Amazon because I seem to burn through them. I use a variety of other waterproof pens but these have been my favorite lately. Don’t expect a wide variety of colors. There are three the last time I checked. The hoop is an old embroidery hoop with a disk cut to fit snuggly inside the hoop. Thanks to Jeannie for her comment! I did a search on ‘embroidery paint tubes’ and found old kits available on ebay with this exact hoop. I’ve tried drawing with other embroidery hoops and I could not get the tight hold I needed. The surface the disk provides is awesome. So give it go and let me know what you come up with. I would love to see it!