The other half of this piece was to be Thistles. I found a wonderful bunch on a morning walk. I scanned them and made them into a silk screen. The only problem when using a thermofax screen, it's a larger mesh and the image can be blurry when using a discharge paste. A textile paint works well; it's thicker and doesn't migrate but discharge paste is loose and will migrate after being screened. This is the original image - I'm not happy with it, the wonderful detail of the thistle is gone.
My friend Barbara suggested I thicken the paste with sodium alginate - no set recipe, just sprinkled a little, stirred and so on and so on. It worked and I'm so glad to find a solution to screening with discharge paste and Thermofax screens as I love the process and the way it looks. The image on the right was done using a paste thickend with alginate; the left is the original blurry one - a big difference!