Remedial Thermofax 101A

Yes, well, it takes a while to get the hang of using a “new” technology in your art, even if that new things is from circa 1956 (I’m talking about my thermofax machine).

Today I make a quick drawing/shape of the local mountains–the Catalina Mountains–and I used pencil, because the more carbon in the drawing, the better the image transfer…and there’s nothing more carbon than graphite!

Then I put the drawing with the blue, sheer thermofax screen film on top into the double-sided transparency film carrier and fed the sandwich into the thermal copier. Unlike my previous attempts using photocopied images with toner, a drawing transfers really well to the mesh fabric.

Here’s a quick sample of how the screen printed fabric looks (really, this took me just minutes). Please bear in mind I was using runny print paste, and I used only a slim amount of dye and dye fixer….so the results are faint, but sufficient for me: at least I know with thicker print paste and few other precautions, I could probably use this screen to make the kind of fabric I want for my upcoming art quilt project.

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