One of my favorite surface design tools is thermofax screens. These screens are sort of like silk screens, but a lot easier to use. You need fabric paint or ink, fabric or paper, some kind of squeegee (an old credit card will do,) and a container of water large enough to hold your screen once you use it. If you clean the screen promptly it should last a while. If you don’t, it gets clogged and you can’t push ink through.
You can buy such screens online from several venders. You can also make them yourself IF you have a thermofax machine, an obsolete piece of technology used in schools a long time ago. The ones I used this month came from Susan Purney Mark. I like them because they are asemic writing, something I have struggled with doing. I printed on top of painted and dyed scraps (I think some were mop up cloths, aka rags) and old linen napkins. I also printed on tissue and paper, and found that works well.
I branched out to use stencils for printing as well.
And while the paint was out, I did gelli printing on Pellon 830 easy pattern with hand made stencils.
What happens to these experiments? Most wait patiently in the closet to be chosen for the right piece. Many are subjected to more surface design, which often improves them though some end up in the trash. One experiment with toilet paper roll printing has become a throw pillow after free motion quilting.
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6 responses to “Rags To Riches”
Toilet paper roll printing?? Who knew?I never would have guessed. I did see it on Pinterest awhile back but never tried it. After seeing your fabulous results, I think I should. Did you use fabric paint?
I think I got a tutorial for the technique off YouTube. I used fabric paint, either Folk Art or Jacquard brand, and added additional lines with a brush..
Oh, fabric printing is so fun! I love your pillow!
Thanks. Messing around with color is a great way to make the world go away.
Oh, these are wonderful and look like a fun. Great stash for future art quilts and/or collage making. Love the pillow; but you probably know me and my fondness for flowers and leaves, by now.
It was great to make the pillow, something actually useful from my play. Good idea to use some of the fabric in collage.