Finally today, 2 years later, I got to make my first thermofax. I spent the day in Sandy's amazing studio working on the next step in Sign, Signs. It was one big day of surface design techniques. First of all, I had to apply another air brush paint layer of pewter to the background brick wall I made over a month ago. It had originally turned out wayyyyy tooo light for my tastes and needed to be gruffed up a bit! I mean this is suppose to be a city wall after all!!
magically "burnt" into the plastic. WOW! The plastic is then mounted to a plastic frame using double sided tape.
Once we had all the thermofax stencils made, we had to figure out the placement of them. The brick wall background was first pinned to a padded coreboard for easy screen printing. We tried several arrangements - the diagonal line looked the best with the horizontal lines of the bricks.
|Almost Right but not quite!|
Then came the paint. Isn't paint fun?? Its pretty easy to silk screen - you basically take the paint - put a line of it on one side of the frame and squeegee it across the silk - now remember in this case the "frame" is the thermofax and the "silk" is the blue thermofax stencil. We used screen printing paint, but you can use any fabric paint. As I did each letter, I wasn't too particular about getting each one just perfect since more urban signs aren't perfect. A couple of letters bled a bit - either from my inept use of the squeegee or the thinness of the paint. I have used thermofaxes in the past with regular fabric paint and didn't have any bleeding.
It took about 4 hrs from start to finish but all and all - I was pretty happy with the results. Since the piece is smaller than I originally planned - I don't think I'll need as many stitched signs as I first thought so maybe the 6 I have done will be enough. Then again maybe I'll just keep stitching them and pick the ones I like best at the end!!.
The next step??? Quilting and thread painting the brick wall. Now if I could only get my new studio done so I could stitch in there!!
So what have you been up to creatively??