Studio Sunday Mini Canvas Play

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  I am slow getting started this morning as my husband and I were out at a very funny one-man comedy act last night and didn't get home until late.  There was lots of music from the 70's and 80's that Jim and I grew up with, some dancing, some wine, and a later-than-usual night for me :(  But we had a great time!

Now for the good stuff!  Well, I can't say that I have yet made anything with my mini painted canvas screens but I've been doing a whole lot of painting on them.  I expect to have a few art cards to share with you this week.  Yesterday I spent most of my time working on journal pages using my Thermofax screens.  The thing that I find when creating is that no matter what media I may be working in, I will always find something that inspires me to bring it to another media.  The whole process of screen printing these little canvases and then painting is very relaxing and really good practice for someone who wants to add their own personal touch.  You could print these a million times on different fabric and paint on them using different acrylic, watercolor, pencils, crayons and markers and you would have a different image every time.

One thing I did experiment with was screen-printing with Discharge Paste.  This is really fun when you never know for sure what the bleached-out colors will end up being.  I started with black cotton quilting fabric and this is what I got using Garden Party-1.  I have some earth-tone batiks that I'm thinking on mounting these on and it would tie the colors together well.  These images look a little on the white side here but they look warmer in real life.

 Here are a few shots from my journal pages that will eventually be tied together in a journal book with a fabric cover.  They are not finished yet but I love using the screens because I don't have to draw a thing!  My photos were traced or created from my photos and that is enough for me!  I wish I could draw like Jane LaFazio or Carol Sloan, but since I am much more of an instant-gratification kinda gal, the screens work out just fine!

I also wanted to share with you a couple of images that LuAnn Kessi sent me!  Remember I asked images that show how people have applied my Thermofax screens to their projects?  Well LuAnn very kindly sent me pictures of her "work shirts" that she added my screen designs to.  Check them out!!!  Fabulous!!

Thank you for sharing, LuAnn!!  I would love to share more pictures so send them to me at so I can post them!!


Sandy said…
Draw an image once and get many prints from it-a good use of your time. Nice work.
HollyM said…
I love all of these, especially the balloon flowers! Drawing just takes time. you would find though there are a lot of artists who trace things often.
I have a few screens and i never thought to add paint after I've screened the image. It is so unique.
elle said…
I really like the effect of combining these techniques. Lovely.