If you’ve been interested in Thermofax printing, surface design, or just applying your own designs, drawings or photos onto fabric, but perhaps not sure how to go about it, then Thermofax 101 is the DVD for you! I think more experienced people will learn from it too.
You can win your own copy – details later in this post.
I’m very happy to do a review on Lyric Kinard’s new DVD because I love thermofax printing and surface design. I’ve had a thermofax machine for several years now – I also make screens for other people and I know many would benefit from the information and know how in this DVD. As Lyric points out, you do not need to own a machine to do your own prints, She includes a list of suppliers in a file included on the DVD.
Lyric is a great presenter, she is clear, easy to listen to and gives a really comprehensive overview covering everything from how a thermofax screen is made, taping or framing the screen, what type of images you can use and how you can find copyright free designs or create your own designs, to the different types of paint and other media you can use, how to print and look after your screens, and also some very useful information on design, layering related imagery and changing scale to create your own wonderful fabrics.
The DVD is divided into chapters so you can find the relevant information easily.
To purchase Thermofax 101 direct from Lyric, go here: http://lyrickinard.com/2015/02/thermofax-101-instructional-dvd/
I particularly enjoyed the more unusual print techniques Lyric has included, such as foiling, masking and over-printing, using the transparent and opaque properties of paint and discharging (removing colour from dyed fabric) I also loved seeing some of Lyric’s finished pieces which incorporated thermofax printing.
I have a few little tips that I’ve found useful:
1. I mark the front of the screen by writing on the frame or tape with permanent marker: this side UP. In the DVD, Lyric shows that the smooth side of the screen goes against the fabric and the rough or scratchy side is the side you print from, but I find it’s really easy to forget which side is the correct side when you’re printing so I mark it.(pic above left)
2. Lyric shows how you can use a foam brush instead of a squeegee – I’ve found that works best if you cut off the tip of the brush so it’s firmer to swipe across the screen.
3. If you have a screen with an all-over textured image, you can make a mask by cutting or tearing a shape or window in a sheet of paper, place the mask on the fabric, then the screen over the mask, and print through it. You’ll then have a print of the shape you’ve made filled with texture. (pics below)
4. I use re-positionable double sided tape to attach the screen mesh to the frame – I sometimes tape as well because it makes the screen easier to clean but it’s not really necessary.
5. I wouldn’t use hot water to wash screens, cold is fine. Heat is not good for thermofax mesh – keep them out of direct sun too.
6. I use a soft sponge to wash the paint from the screen & sometimes a paintbrush to remove any paint that goes under the edges of the frame.
If you look after your screens correctly they should last for hundreds of prints – as Lyric emphasises, the most critical thing is not to let the paint dry on the screen!
To win your own DVD, leave a comment on this post and tell me what type of image you would like to print – could be your own drawing, a photographic image, a block print or rubbing, a vintage image, etc. I’ll draw the winner on May 16th & announce it here.
For more chances to win a DVD and see what other bloggers and textile artist say about the DVD, see the list of links below:
April 25: Leslie Tucker Jenison
April 28: Sue Bleiweiss
April 30: Judy Gula
May 1: Susan Price & Elizabeth Gibson
May 2: Judy Coates Perez
May 4: Me
May 6: Jane Davila
May 6: Melanie Testa
May 7: Liz Kettle
May 8: Carol Sloan
May 9: Kathy York
May 11: Susan Brubaker Knapp
May 12: Desiree Habicht
May 13: Jamie Fingal
May 14: Deborah Boschert
May 15: Sarah Ann Smith