I have had two thermofax screens and a set of lovely inks for about 18 months now, and have always been a bit too terrified to use them. With the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show in 2 weeks time, I didn’t want to walk past the thermofax screen stand again and feel guilty for not having tried my screens.
I started by printing onto some brown paper, to test it out:
I love the crispness of the image, so I printed a single feather on calico, seen here with my single fern from my other screen:
I added a couple of feathers to a bird themed spread in my sketchbook:
After that I moved onto an all over print on another piece of calico, starting with blue, then adding some yellow to make green part way through:
A change of screen, and I moved on to an all over print with the fern, repeating the same colour change:
For the prints which went over the edge, I sometimes put a spare piece of watercolour paper instead, one of which had some marks and swirls already on it, which led to these two pieces of paper:
My sketchbook also gained a fern or two, seen here with the lovely off prints on the drop cloth:
I also tried a print on scrim, which has left this lovely faint fern:
My last experiments were to see if I could lift the remaining ink off the screen before washing it. This left a beautiful negative image on some tissue paper:
All in all, a successful and enjoyable session, and I’ve added more thermofax screens to my show shopping list.