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I have used washable glue to create designs on a traditional printing screen and directly on fabric so I figured, hey this should work. And it does! Just a word of caution don't let the glue dry in the screen. It may not all wash out...I didn't test it. 

I still have some testing and experimenting to do on this process....like how long can you leave the glue in before it becomes permanent. I will let you know as soon as I have time to play mad mixed media scientist. 

The circles screen I used is one of my favorites! I created it from a photo I took of rusty old bed springs. 

 

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Welcome to another edition of Thermofax Thursday!

Sometimes you need something more glamorous than glitter, something that is more luscious, more seductive, more grand....you need FOIL!

Why, yes, you can use foil on fabric as well as paper

Foil comes in the usual gold, silver and copper but it also comes in fuschia and chartruse and orange and oil slick and so many variations....it will make you swoon.

Check out my video lesson on using foil with Thermofax screens. 

 

Here are two great places to purchase foil on-line:

Artistic Artifacts

Laura Murray Designs

Find your favorite Thermofax Screen and start foiling!

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blue glitter snowflake thermofax 1 of 1
Some things just call for glitter....even if you aren't a glitter girl normally. This week's video shows how to use gel medium through the thermofax screen so you can apply fine makeup grade glitter for super blingy imagery. While I used our Snowflake screen, you can use any screen you love. I think the feather screen in silver would be fabulous...gonna have to go do that today. 
 
Ignore the beginning of the video where I say it is September! LOL While I filmed it in September, chaos quickly ensued and I have just had time to post it now. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Thermofax Thursday: Discharge Paste

I love the subtle surface design effects you can get with discharge paste. There are lots of ways to use it and we have some tips in the FREE Fabric Embellishing book study Ruth Chandler and I have created. NOTE: Fabric Embellishing is being re-released this fall so if you don't have a copy yet you will be able to get one. 

You never know what result you will get with discharge paste. It depends on the base color of the fabric so it is often a surprise. I have a black that discharged to a beautiful blue. 

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Welcome to Thermofax Thursdays!

In this blog series I will be showing as many techniques, tips and experiments with Thermofax Screens as I can come up with. Not every Thursday will be a Thermofax Thursday however! I am not sure I can come up with that many techniques. Hope you enjoy the series and if you have a question you want answered just ask! 

I love comments too...helps me know I am not taking to myself all the time. :-)

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I am one to always have multiple projects going...I move between them as circumstances and whim dictate. I realized the other day when I put them all in one place at the same time that they all use fabric that I have made with gelatin plate mono-printing with a few other surface design techniques thrown in. I thought it would be fun to show you what I have been working on even if nothing is finished yet.


This quilt is all improvisational piecing. What is really funny to me is that with no planning it is almost square! It is 28" x 30". Now the question is do I square it up or leave it be? I haven't decided how to quilt it yet...it will let me know which of my ideas it likes best.

With these two smaller pieces I am experimenting with machine stitching and hand stitching. The top one is all machine stitching including the machine long stitch I have been playing with. You can see it in the detail shot of the purple rectangle section. The teal and yellow one is all hand stitching. Both pieces are very different and I like them equally however I do feel more involved with the hand stitched piece...probably because it is a slow cloth work.

My turtle piece here has been neglected for months because it got hidden under a pile of fabrics! I have combined gelatin printed fabrics and paper in this piece. I have just started machine quilting but probably won't do much more as it is telling me it would like much more hand stitching.

This is a piece of paper that has been mono-printed. I just love it and think it will end up as a journal cover. I can't decide on how much stitching it wants yet but I think I have the perfect size journal for it to wrap around.

gelatin printing with thermofax screen



gelatin printing with alcohol inks



These two pieces are from a recent class demo. The flowers are screened with a thermofax screen and super opaque white. The bottom piece was an experiment with alcohol inks which I wasn't so thrilled with and screen printed on top...love it now!

tote bag made from Multi-Purpose Cloth



Messenger bag made with Multi-Purpose cloth


Finally here are a couple of finished pieces! These bags are gelatin plate mono-prints on Multi-Purpose Cloth by Roclon. I love this cloth and it is an awesome material for mono-printing.

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