Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Creating Journal Pages with Thermofax Screens

I've been using my screens on paper to create some journal pages or just art on paper.  I have a number of screens to use that I don't have up for sale including a few other experimental mini canvas screens.  Just as I have done in screenprinting on fabric, I have brought watercolor paints into the mix and used them to paint the images.  This is a great way to practice before taking the screen prints to fabric to get a good idea of how your final fabric image might work in your project. 


Also, you can tell that I am not a watercolorist!  LOL  I'm probably not even using the correct brushes but it is really fun and meditative and I highly recommend it.  On the Tulip Trio print above, I also used the Stabilo black pencils that blend with water to outline the images by drawing it into the channel separating the petal pieces. 


I think the one below is blending too much with the background.  I will probably go back in with yellow or something else.  The other thing that I really like about these images is the size.  The small 4" x 3.5" blocks are perfect for so many things.  The experimental ones that I have are twice the size of the small blocks and even those are a great size.  If you go too large and you are using paint, it would be too much paint on your fabric. 


I'm thinking extra hard to create a couple of cute holiday fiber art gift ideas for you to use your screens on.  Check back to see what I come up with (nothing like putting the pressure on myself LOL).

2 comments:

Terri Stegmiller said...

These are all very lovely.

Adrian said...

Margaret, these are lovely! And, you know, putting these screen images on batik fabrics that are already dyed in a similar fashion would be a good way to get the same effect.
Looking forward to your inspirations!