Art Every Day: Thermofax Screen Print a Mixed-Media Card

17 Feb 2014

Last month, I revealed my art goal for the year: to make art every day. Easier said than done, but I'm trying.

teacup thermfax screen print card
With a Thermofax screen by Lynn Krawczyk, I made
this mixed-media card in just a few minutes.

Some days, that means finishing a quilt top. Other days, I just have a few minutes for creative time.

Recently--on one of those days when I had less time--I made a thank-you card for a friend using my printmaking supplies. Instead of printing on fabric, I used paper as my substrate, adding rubber stamping and a Thermofax screen print for the focal image.

I love this Thermofax screen of a teacup designed by Lynn Krawczyk. With an old credit card and some wine-colored printing ink, I printed the teacup onto the paper. (As long as I had the supplies out, I printed several more papers-a perfect way to prep for another day of art making).

Then I just glued the paper to folded cardstock and stamped on the letters and numbers.

As a special dimensional touch, I sliced an opening into the top of the teacup and inserted a teabag tag.

This card took less than 30 minutes to make, including drying time! And now I have a handmade card to give a friend, inviting her for a cup of tea and a chat.

Lynn is one of my go-to artists for all things Thermofax screen printing and other fabric printing techniques. For a limited time, you can get The Thermofax Screen Printing Kit that includes the teacup screen, Lynn's coffee cup screen, plus three instruction videos and her new book. Screen printing is an easy way to create art in a short period of time, so I highly recommend it.



P.S. Do you use paper in your artwork? Do you combine it with fabric or keep it separate? Leave your comments below.


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elycen wrote
on 23 Feb 2014 11:05 AM

I love the dimensional aspect of adding the tea bag string! I like to sew lace or stings or scraps onto card stock with a zigzag stitch to make cards. People love getting them!

elycen wrote
on 23 Feb 2014 11:06 AM

I love the dimensional aspect of adding the tea bag string! I like to sew lace or stings or scraps onto card stock with a zigzag stitch to make cards. People love getting them!