Last night, I was working on some videos for my upcoming Creating Personal Imagery 101 workshop (that won't be ready by the end of my vacation, sorry to say) and I wanted to share a cool way of creating designs and images for Thermofax screens that I used to create the cool new designs below!
Swirls and Leaves-1 and Swirls and Leaves-2
A part of this fun was working LARGE! The original image was created on a piece of watercolor paper size 18" x 24". If you haven't played this large before, it can be very freeing so give it a try. You will need: a variety of brushes, India ink and black acrylic paint. I did not prepare the surface of this paper before painting. This is a great way to design your very own custom screen! (hint, hint) LOL
- Using a small foam brush, use the India ink like it is watercolor and create some large sweeping strokes until you have filled the entire paper with swirly-like vines.
- Now use the same brush or another of your choice and create your leaves. I created my design with open leaves. You can fill them if you would like for a different affect. Try creating 2 layouts each with different leaves or flowers, filled or open.
- Now, select a brush that would be somewhat smaller than the swirly vines you created and with your black acrylic paint (I use Liquitex heavy-body paint from the tube or jar) go over the lines you painted in ink with the black paint.
The idea is not to cover the ink marks, but to create another layer of depth or shade for added dimension. In looking at the image above, you can see where the black paint was applied and not on every ink brushstroke.
In Photoshop Elements, I experimented with the Levels adjustment to somewhat deteriorate the image and then applied the Stamp filter.
To create the reverse image, I simply used the Invert adjustment and then applied one of my solid shape brushes to mask the black area I did not want to burn out on the final screen design that created those nice distressed edges.
Since autumn colors are beginning to reveal themselves here in the northeast, I was inspired to play with some Raw Sienna, Red Oxide, Yellow Oxide and Deep Violet by Liquitex. The actual print is much darker than it is shown above and feels more like the darker muted tones the leaves take on when they have been on the ground for some time.
Of course, I had to play with some pastels as well! Mixing Color Hue dyes with Barbasol shaving cream (original), I screen-printed away with what was left of my dyes. I can't say enough about Color Hue dyes and shaving cream screen-printing! It is an extremely forgiving screen-printing application and the shaving cream just floats right along the top of the screen and doesn't over saturate the design with multiple passes.
You can purchase Color Hue dyes at Joggles.com seen here.
If you do create a design that you would like to make into a screen, I can take care of all the digital horseplay so that you don't have to!
Ok, now for the FREE GIVEAWAY! So my new giveaway includes one of each of these new screens, Swirls and Leaves-1 and Swirls and Leaves-2. How can you win these screens???? Simply add a comment to this blog post by the cutoff date, Saturday, October 6th by midnight, and I will get my trusty random number generator going and reveal the WINNER on Sunday, October 7th!!!!
Make sure you take some time today to be creative!!! See you Sunday!