I just can’t get enough of taking classes from Barbara Schneider. She’s a fabulous teacher and I always learn something that I’ll actually use in my work. This class was no exception. The focus of Barbara’s class was on expanding uses for thermofax screens and silk screens.
We started out by making oversized thermofax screens. You’re only limited by the width of the machine, but can make them as long as you care to. We created frames by cutting one side out of two frames and gluing them together for a larger total opening. I made some great screens but forgot to take pictures of them.
Barbara also showed us some of her experiments with screens past their prime. Below, she has created a sewing line to add visual interest. Good for backgrounds.
Revamping spent screensHere are some of her results using this screen:She also showed us some different effects to create with regular screens:Thermofax screens using a sponge application
Above, Barbara has created a much softer effect by using a a sponge with her screen rather than the traditional application.
Below, she has combined sponge and regular paint applications:
Combination of sponge and regular applications
We then made silk screens by stapling cheap synthetic organza over stretcher bars:
Cheap silk screens
Barbara showed us a few uses. first was creating a wax rubbing resist on the screen. Barbara is using a doily. She creates the resist by placing the doily underneath the screen and rubbing wax over the screen. Now, whatever is run through the screen won’t permeate the wax rubbing:
wax resist on silk screen
We also made drippy screens with this blue liquid I’ve forgotten the name of. You can apply it any way you like. We dripped it all over. When dry, the screen will be covered with a red liquid that acts as a resist. You let the red stuff dry and then rinse the screen. The places where the blue liquid are will rinse away and the red will remain creating a screen of the blue design. Here are some examples before the red is applied. I do realize that this is the lamest explanation ever:
She also showed us another method using leaves or other objects (they will get ruined) as a resist and spray painting the screen. You then remove the objects befor the paint adheres them to the screen.
Leaf resist screens
I had to leave the workshop early, so didn’t actually make any work. That’s also why there’s no pictures of actual work.
I haven’t had any time to play with this stuff. I have been hunkered down working on a that huge heron piece I started a few months ago. It’s basically done, but I’m not quite pleased with the head of one of them. Once I fix it, I’ll post pictures.
We had a really bizarre frost a few weeks ago. My friend told me it’s called a hoarfrost. I got some cool pictures I’ll post tomorrow.
I am taking a class with Mary Hettsmansperger
on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hopefully, I’ll get pictures up soon!