I spent a good chunk of today (after a leisurely breakfast, a nap, and a nice walk) playing with the Thermofax. After a couple hours, I got something fairly passable:
Along the way, of course, there was plenty of this:
and even some of this:
I discovered that yes, kiddo, it is possible (and actually quite easy) to overexpose a Thermofax screen, and wasted probably at least $30 worth of screens figuring out what the right exposure was. I’m still not convinced that I have the exposure exactly correct, but it’s passable now, and I’m tired of fiddling, so I think I’m going to move ahead and burn some more screens so I can try four-color printing using registration marks.
(No, I’m not crazy: I’ve done this with screen printing in the past, so it’s just a matter of transferring the technique to Thermofax printing. It shouldn’t be too hard – if I can get the screens burned correctly!)
Anyway, I’ve created this Photoshop simulation of what I’m after:
There are four colors here: the copper clouds, the red dragon, the gold tail/crest of the dragon, and the green eyes and pearl. I’ve separated the colors into different screens, added registration marks (the little + symbols in the corners), so I can line up the screens, and am prepared to try printing tomorrow morning. I have no real expectation of success, and actually not much interest in the finished product – it’s just an exercise in Thermofax printing! But I figure it involves most of the technical skills required for Thermofax printing, so it’s a good thing to start with.
But first, it’s off to dinner! Tonight is date night, and we’re going out for sushi. Yum!
Are you going to weave the dragon? How? Are you making a draft for it? It would be beautiful in silk, but I don’t have the skill level or the loom (I only have 12 shafts) to do it – tell me more – it is exciting! we’re in the middle of a snow storm and I love the inspiration you provide! What software do you use to draft? Thanks and keep inspiring!!!! ME