I first met Lyric Kinard at a QATV taping in Ohio. I was immediately taken by her presence and we have remained friends through the years. I own a copy of Lyric’s book, Art+Quilt, which is very detailed with artistic concepts and approaches, and illustrates how these can be applied to work in the quilt medium. When Lyric asked if I might consider reviewing her most recent, self published DVD Workshop called Thermofax 101, Screen Printing made easy, I jumped at the chance.
I do not own a Thermofax machine, though I wish I did. I am grateful that Lyric maintains a service where you can purchase Thermofax screens and supplies using your own original artwork, or you can purchase a selection of hand picked, royalty free designs. Knowing I would be reviewing Lyric’s newest offering, I went to town creating a few designs to print with, and I bought several screens using my own original designs.
The DVDs and supplies came promptly to my door, I ordered 6 screens, 6 frames, and I chose to mount my own designs after watching the DVD. Everything was packed tidily, no dents, folds or problems.
Now, I am not a total Thermofax newbie. I have bought screens from various friends and services, I have used these screens (to death), and I know the general framework of the process. I have not specialized in the use of Thermofax screens, because I do not own one. Also, and this is an odd one, I have found using Thermofax screens to be a bit of a challenge in terms of how to manage all of the items needed on my small work surface. More on this later.
So, I popped the DVD in my player, sat and watched the 65 minute, 4 chapter video. Lyric did a fantastic job covering each aspect of the technique. Her delivery is well presented, energetic, informed, and engaged. Lyric unpacks the essentials of what you need to know, but she also delivers additional information to help you envision, for example, how to make motifs that speak to one another in a unified manner, she talks about media you might screen-other than paint, and she touches upon using Thermofax screens in mixed media too.
One of the things I really like is that Lyric shows a foible that she experienced when working with the wrong type of paint for the job. she corrected her mistake and discussed that too. We all make mistakes, it is great to learn how to recover from making artistic mistakes and Lyric is not afraid to discuss this. This is one of the things that makes a great teacher.
The thing that impressed me the most is, Lyric even offered a suggestion as to how to manage the screen, squeegee and paint while working! She discussed an issue that I have, in using screens! I thought I was just being persnickety! But no, this is a concern and Lyric addressed it.
So, yes. I highly recommend Lyric’s newest offering, Thermofax 101. I confidently suggest you purchase your own copy and support my good friend, and, do not hesitate to use her screen making service. Printing with Thermofax is a great way to easily print repeatable imagery on cloth.
(Here you see, I have used a freezer paper resist over a previously printed floral dot. I am using thickened dye, which is not a focus of Lyric’s DVD. Dye is a love of mine and I have more of it available than I do paint, so I went for it. One of the nice things about dye is that it does not dry into the mesh of the screen, making it easier to clean. )
I am also quite happy to say, Lyric will be giving away one copy of her DVD to my readers. For a chance to win, please comment on this post for your chance to win. I will email the winner on May 13. Lyric will ship overseas too! Please comment.
Check out what my fellow bloggers did to support Lyric’s new endeavor:
April 24 Cheryl Rezendez http://www.cherylrezendes.com
April 25 Leslie Tucker Jenison http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com
April 28 Sue Bleiweiss http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blog/
April 30 Judy Gula http://www.artisticartifacts.com/about_us/contactus.htm
May 1 Susan Price & Elizabeth Gibson http://pgfiber2art.blogspot.com/
May 2 Judy Coates Perez http://www.judycoatesperez.com
May 4 Linda Stokes www.lindastokes-textileartist.com
May 6 Jane Davila http://janedavila.blogspot.com
May 6 Melanie Testa http://melanietesta.com/blog/
May 7 Liz Kettle http://www.textileevolution.com/index.php/our-journey
May 8 Carol Sloan http://carolbsloan.blogspot.com
May 9 Kathy York http://aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com
May 11 Susan Brubaker Knapp http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com
May 12 Desiree Habicht http://myclothesline.blogspot.com
May 13 Jamie Fingal http://JamieFingalDesigns.blogspot.com/
May 14 Deborah Boschert http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com
May 15 Sarah Ann Smith sarahannsmith.com/weblog