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Thermofax Thursday: Blue Glue as a resist

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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Thermofax Thursday: Water Soluble Wax Pastels

Today's pairing with thermofax screens is Water Soluble Wax Pastels. I use the Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Water soluble ones but other brands should work very similarly. I am sorry I don't have a link for these but you can purchase them from most art supply stores. The larger ones are harder to find and I am not sure they are even made currently as I haven't seen them in years.  They are not inexpensive but they do last a long time. 

 
With these crayons you use textile or matte medium to dissolve the crayon as you pull it through the screen. I can't remember exactly where I first learned this process but it might have been in a magazine article by Susie Monday. Have fun and send me photos of what you create so I can share the love. 
 
I have some new screen designs waiting to be finalized and hope to have them up soon in the Thermofax store. 
 
 
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Thermofax Thursday: Foil

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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Thermofax Thursday: Glitter fun

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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

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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Thermofax Screen Printing: Three Paints

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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