Let's see if I can keep this post brief for a change . . .
Here are the results of my marbling experiments from last week, when I used a methocel base. (In my previous post, I showed photos of the drops of paint spreading on the surface of the methocel base.)1st print
2nd print (red "cells")
3rd print: I got my daughter, Lauren, interested, and she moved the blue and yellow dyes around to get this print. Nice! I did more marbling later in the week, but to keep things interesting last weekend, I put aside the methocel base for a few days and pulled out my screenprinting supplies.
I have one Thermofax screen (featuring maple leaves) that I got from Marcy Tilton (www.marcytilton.com); the others are from a different technology -- Photo EZ screens. I purchased those from Ginny Eckley at Quilt Market http://www.photoezsilkscreen.com
Screens for . . . screenprinting!
Screenprinting on watercolor paper
Screenprinting on canvas, muslin, painted fabrics, and used Color Catchers
(disposable dye-trapping cloths -- used
when washing new, bright clothing items
or any fabrics that might bleed)
My Great Thermofax Deal
I bought a Thermofax machine from craigslist last fall, but I can't use it. The price was incredible; now I know why. The lightbulb it requires (which "burns" the image onto the screen) would cost me over $300! That's because they're so rare. It seems that my Thermofax is not the same "common" model that most screenprinters and tattoo artists use. My other option is to ship it to a dealer in the midwest (and it's HEAVY); he can reconfigure it so that it takes the more common lightbulb (still around $100). Whichever route I take, we're still talking at least $300.