I have been thinking for a while now how I could promote my business, and one idea I had was to screen print cards with the rendering of my art barn. I have written a lot of blog posts over the years about Thermofax screen printing on fabric, but I have historically had minimal success on paper; I often end up with blurred imagery. However, I was really glad I was able to watch Lynn Krawczyk’s brand new DVD, Thermofax Screen Printing Essentials because she had some fantastic tips for screening on all types of substrates:
It’s easy to see why Lynn was asked to create a DVD on Thermofax screen printing. Just check out all of these luscious fabrics of hers (currently in my possession…I am hesitant to send any of them back because I can’t stop petting them)!
After watching her DVD, I thought about giving it a go to create greeting cards. I first created a photocopy of the image in Photoshop that I then burned onto a screen.
And for the first time, per the DVD, I used Jacquard’s Puff Additive, and mixed with Golden Fluid acrylics. The Puff Additive has just enough tooth to it to yield a very sharp image on paper, whether you later want to apply a heat gun to emboss it, or not.
I experimented with different colors, different amounts of pressure when pulling the paint down the screen to get a more organic result.
And now I have my first set of cards to send out to the greater world.
Lynn has a lot of wonderful tips in her DVD and she masterfully and easily explains the processes from start to finish. In celebration of her DVD launch, she is giving away two screens of choice to a randomly selected reader of this blog entry. A question I have is, if you could create a screen of an image, what subject matter or image would you choose? Just leave a comment below and you’ll be in the running!
To check out other ideas for screen printing and surface design, have a look at these bloggers also participating in this blog hop:
Pam Carriker (goes up tomorrow)
Lynn Krawczyk (Sunday)
My mother’s handwriting
The quantum physics double slit experiment drawing.
I’d love a screen of my 3 dogs together (now deceased).
Thanks for the chance to win.
Plan view of trees – like landscape architects use. I’ve been cutting them out. Thermofax would be soooo much easier.
nest images taken from photographs
photos of bird nests and other natural findings
With Halloween on the horizon, I’ d like to play with skull and /or skeleton images. I think they’d be fun on fabric, and paper is a great idea! Thanks Pokey and Lynn
I would use the printing to help promote the non profit fiber program I have been the volunteer coordinator of in Mariemont Ohio. We are a community outreach program to adults and kids getting them interested in the fiber arts. Check out the Facebook page for FAB! You
Will see we need some
Congrats on your great screen print though!
I’d make some cards of my sweet poodle. Nothing like sharing his smiling face with friends. Good luck with your project. It looks wonderful ?
Dragonfly. I have been experimenting with thread painting them.
A galloping zebra would be cool!
Our cozy little cottage.
So excited for you and your dream. I would create a screen of the name of my future business name. Love the idea of hand printed note cards and even labels for art pieces.
Flamingos seem to be predominant in my life right now, so a flamingo. FYI: a group of flamingos is a “flamboyance” !
I would like to have a side profile of my dog.
Ripples on the surface of water after a stone is dropped into it.
Cats. However mundane that answer may seem, they are woven throughout my life and I have two recent additions. That DVD is going on my “must” list. I’ve been wanting to learn about Thermofax printing. Thanks to both of you for the opportunity.
Oooh, I can envision a great screen of flower blossoms!
Hi Pokey! I love dragonflies, and I’d love to create a screen with a very detailed dragonfly. Thanks for the great post and the chance to win!
One screen is hard to choose. How about a whimsical house with a kitty.
love your artwork!
Text every time, personal and possibly in Latin
I would try fish or seascape
Love your barn! I think one of my front door would be great! Or perhaps my studio or fav sewing machine!
I love your barn! I’ve been wanting to try a dala horse for Christmas.
Love using text in screen
I might do a drawing of my pug, Chloe. Or, maybe a texture of some sort. You can never have too many of those…
I love the idea that Lynn had about screen printing her dogs. Plus I have a quilt design I used on an India styled quilt and would like to have that made into also
We have a beautiful cathedral in Helena, Montana. It’s twin towers are iconic images of our city. That’s what I would do. Since this is the capital of Montana I’d also like to do the rotunda of the capitol.
One of my favorite photographs, taken in Lincoln, CA on a “photo drive” with my sister. A country scene with trees & a couple big, old spools in the grass.
I would love one of my barn and maybe my pets!
I had a camera go bad – we called it the Instant Art Machine and there are a couple of images that would be cool screens –
My cute Bichon dog that I still call a puppy, but she’s getting old. It would be great to have an image of her! Good luck with your art barn!
I would do a castle. Thanks for a chance to win!
Our picturesque beach, dock and pond in the mountains of VA!
I love trees. A weeping willow would be lovely
One of my collage images, probably one I have done of an Irish Robin as I would love to incorporate the design in more of my artwork.
One of my collage images, probably one I have done of an Irish Robin. I would love to be able to incorporate it in more of my artwork.
I would start with an image of my beloved greyhound and move from there.
I love the screens that are collage type images with lots of typography.
Botanticals – leaves. Thank you for the chance to win!
My dear dog, Ms Sadie Mae, she makes the best subject. And she makes me smile. Can never have enough images of her.
Either flowers/leaves or abstract shapes…
My grandfather’s airplane – he was a very early aviator. If I had a 2nd choice it parallels yours and that would be the logo I created for my studio where I teach.
My grandparent’s home, which was next door, where I have loving memories of being rocked by my grandmother whenever I needed that extra love, where my brother and I played, became best friends, which we are to this day, and learned the best practical jokes from our grandfather who had the greatest sense of humor. As I became a teenager, my grandfather’s only advise was to read Ann Landers, there, he said, I would learn lessons of life! I am almost 70 years old. I have read Ann Landers’ column religiously as well as Dear Abby! I am still learning lessons of life.
Pottery would be nice