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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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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 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 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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screen printing with blue glue resist

I finally had a chance to try out my new homemade silk screens and am happy to report that they work great! I followed the directions given by Jane Dunnewold in her new book Art Cloth…which is fabulous! It was easy to make my own screens and in a non-scientific head to head test they worked just as well as the purchased screens I have. Here are just a couple of my screen printing treasures.

screen printing with water soluble wax pastels

I have read about this method of coloring on the screen with water soluble wax pastels and using soft gel medium or matte medium to dissolve the pastels in a deconstructive method of printing. I played a bit but don't know that I am in love with this process although I really like this piece. It takes quite a bit of medium to dissolve the pastels and this affects the hand of the fabric quite a bit. It is still stitchable but hand stitching would be tiring.
screen printing with paper resists

Paper resists are some of the easiest silk screen resists and so much end up with great painted scraps of paper as a bonus! These grids were screened on top of a less then attractive mono-print. I love the colors!

Thermofax screen printing

Thermofax screen printing
I have still not had a lot of time to play with my Thermofax very much. I love the details you get with these screens and they are so easy to make too!At Tuesday Tarts (one of my creative fiber arts groups) this week we played with Shiva Paintstiksand had a lot of usual. I used some of my fabric and paper towels from my dye day...aren't these great? I love using my clean up cloths in my fiber work and my journaling.

peach silk shirt dyed with shiva paintstiks embellishment

Paper towels with Shiva paintstik embellishment

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