I was sorting through my studio and found a cut paper stencil. It is a sort of flower inspired image.
I colored the flower stencil a dark color so I could make a good photocopy. Then I evened out some of the lines with a sharpie. Made another photo copy and used that to burn the thermofax screen on the left in the image above.
I was not sure where I was going to use this screen so I printed it on some sampler cloth that I have to test out images.
A few weeks ago I used a similar cut paper stencil to inspire a block print design. The red image below is a soft carved block print and the green image it the thermofax screen print.
I am not sure if you can tell but the block print creates a less solid impression. The green flower has a more consistent coverage. Though the 2 flowers in this picture were not so perfect.
I was comparing printing with a sponge and a squeegee. The sponge pushes more ink through and the squeegee seems to push a thinner layer through the screen. This image is more open than the leaf image I did last week, when using a cosmetic sponge was perfect.
I am realizing how much I choose to make art and marks with ways other than drawing. But I also have quite a few sketches and doodles going that might be turned into screens, block or stencils.
If you are like me and need some coaxing to embrace your drawing habit, then try out the Drawing with Matisse Tutorial.