Monday, November 14, 2011

New Silk Screens

I've been working on some new screens; I really love making them and hard to know when to stop. I did a screen of this chair some time back but the finished product had too much "noise" in it (leaves, grass) which made it difficult to see the main image of the chair. Sometimes the background noise is hard to remove from the picture but I thought I would give it another try. I made a copy of the original and using some white-out, was able to clean it up a bit.
I like it better and think the chair is much more obvious....
This old tire might be my favorite image. I played with it in Photoshop to make it into a photocopy, printed it, cleaned it up to make the tire prominent and then made a lazer copy of my copy which I needed for my Thermofax.
I made a screen in 2 sizes. I store my screens in file folders and print the image on the outside like you see here. It's also a good test to see how the image turned out.
And the old tractor, finally got around to doing a screen. Doesn't "he" have the best face.
It made into a really nice screen.
And the side view of the same tractor. This was taken quite some time ago. I saw him again (think I've humanized him) while at my friend Dorts house and he's now covered with greenery.
It's done in 2 sizes also. I'm really happy with this screen.
All of the above images I'm hoping to use in my "Americana" quilt. I don't remember where I took the picture below. I think it was on one of our outings. I loved all the circles and wanted to see how it would work in a screen - so Photoshop to photocopy to printing it out, cleaning it up and then a lazer copy.
And the screen.
And of course some trees.
This next screen was from corn silk from some corn on the cob. I think it will provide some great texture.
My son who is an artist did this drawing of an eye. I love faces and eyes so this was a fun image to use. I also like to have a bit of his talent popping up in my pieces.
It was a fun, productive day and am anxious to try them out.


  1. For the circle screen...I think you took that photo when we toured the Warm and Natural Factory (arranged by Georgia Bonesteel).

  2. How do you make these screens?

  3. This process is fascinating and I really like your screen images!

  4. Hi Diane, I make my screens using a Thermofax machine. These machines were originally used in schools to make stencils for they have copier machines. I bought my Thermofax at Welsh products in California.

  5. Thank-you so very much for answering my question.