We’re now in the third week of #Printinktober. I decided it was time to play with some of my thermofax screens. Here are all of my prints from this week.
All of the thermofax designs are mine except for the two pieces with the handwriting on them.
I’m using Speedball screen printing ink.
For the blue pieces, I started with previously ice dyed fabric.
Then I put some screen printing ink on the screen and pulled it through.
And the finished piece.
And here are a couple more using the dyed fabric.
The last three are printed on white fabric.
It’s been awhile since I’ve used my thermofax screens. What I love about them is that you can get a clear crisp print. I like that I can make a design and have a screen made of it. However, if you print over designs that aren’t dry, you get smears unless you clean off the screen edges. Unlike stamps, you really need to wait if you are over printing. The printing in the second piece would be easier with a stamp. But I do love them. It’s good to see these images again after so many years!
Here is another look at all seven pieces together.
Well, this week will be my last in this #printinktober challenge. I’ve not yet decided what I’ll do for the finale. I hope you’ll come back and see. Have a great week!
Thank you so much for showing this again. I had forgotten the tons of Thermofax screens I have stored away. Have to drag them out and reunite with them.I love using them for exactly the same reasons you have talked about. Also have to remember not to overlay to quickly. Not one of my strong points. Again thank you so much for the blogs with your October projects.
Hi Nancy, I must tell you I had to hunt for my screens since it had been so long! I hope you do drag them out. I hated I couldn’t quickly overlay without cleaning each time or using a piece of paper towel and was glad when it was done. But now I look at them and absolutely love the look so I’ll be playing with them again. Thank you for stopping by.
Loved the process. great results.
Where do you have your thermofax screens done? I have a special project coming up for the December meeting of my guild and I’d like to really make my hand dyed (with your method for ice dyeing) pieces pop. Some one of a kind gifts for some very special people.
Luann, The person I used for several of them no longer does it. I’ve never had her do them, but Lyric Kenard does and I’m sure she’d do a good job. Lynn Krawczyk used to make them but not sure she does anymore. Looks like there are several other sources on etsy too.
This looks like fun. I’ve only used thermofax screens a few times, but I’d like to explore them some more.
Lynda: Do you heat-set your pieces so they are washable?
Wendy, Yes. Once they are dry – I usually wait until the next day – I heat set them by ironing. Thanks for dropping by.