Thermofax 101: Lyric Kinard’s new DVD Workshop

Don't know that I've ever seen #1 come up before! Well done!

Don’t know that I’ve ever seen #1 come up before! Well done!

Update:  comments are now closed.  I used a random number generator and astonishingly, No. 1 came up!  So I will be contacting Susan to let her know.  Lyric will send the DVD out directly, as will I.

Well, you aren’t going to want to watch this once–you’ll want to watch it several times, at least!   I can’t believe how much Lyric has managed to pack into about 65 minutes of instruction on her new video workshop Thermofax 101:  screen printing made easy, from Lyric Art Publishing.  You can order it here, http://lyrickinard.com/2015/02/thermofax-101-instructional-dvd/ .  OR you can enter the giveaway–for both this DVD and my own Art Quilt Design: From Photo to Threadwork (here).  Read to the end to find out how.

Thermofax 101, Lyric Kinard's new DVD workshop, is totally worth getting.  I can't believe how much she packed in.  Plus, how can anyone not want to spend time with someone with enthusiam and a cute smile?

Thermofax 101, Lyric Kinard’s new DVD workshop, is totally worth getting. I can’t believe how much she packed in. Plus, how can anyone not want to spend time with someone with enthusiam and a cute smile?

I was thrilled when Lyric asked if I would like to be part of her bloghop.  Not only do I have fun running into her at various fun places like teaching at quilt shows around the country, in Houston, at Quilting Arts TV taping in Ohio, and admire her art (made while being an uber-busy mom) and teaching, I’m also getting more and more into my own surface design.  I tend to use surface design differently than many—-for most who are really “in” to it, the cloth is the end product.  For me, it is something that goes into my artwork as a supporting player, not the star of the show.  So I was curious to see the “hows” and how what she teaches would fit in with my somewhat different approach.   The answer is it’s a fabulous DVD!

I watched the video as soon as I got home from about 3 weeks of being on the road, and learned a lot on the first run-through.  But I was pretty obliterated by all that travel, so I figured I’d better watch it again:  my goodness gracious but there are more and more gems salted in throughout.

There are four segments:

1.  What’s a Thermofax, which tells you just that, explains how the machine works and how you prepare the screen for use, including advantages and disadvantages of both ways.

2.  Creating Imagery:  the key here is to play.  Only YOU can figure out what makes you happy, what makes you itch to get to the studio and create.  The best way to do that is to mess around.   And then Lyric gives you about a bazillion ideas.  For those really itching to get deep into how to create your imagery, this section may be frustratingly brief.  Honestly, that’s because you could have 100 hours of video, from 33 different instructors, and you’d barely scratch the surface (ahem….pun intended).

3.  Printing Techniques.  For the FIRST TIME I’ve seen someone explain WHY you want canvas/cloth on the top of a print surface, not plastic.  Makes total sense—-why has no one in all the books I have on printing EVER explained that simple, logical (once you’ve heard the explanation) fact?  It’s at about 21:20 in the video.  And I recommend chocolate pudding, re-purpose the dishwasher detergent.  You’ll get it if you see the video LOL!  Lyric also shows how to hold your squeegee (as well as explaining what kind of squeegee or stand-in object) to get the best print, including demo-ing to you can see from various angles.  Helpful!

Lyric talks about the kind of paint you want, and mentions her favorites, but wasn’t fond of Speedball or Versatex.  I agree on the Speedball, but quite like the Versatex.  To Lyric, she doesn’t care for the hand of the cloth.  However, I have liked it on the small pieces I have done.  It’s one of those “try it all (before buying a bunch of any one product) and see what you prefer” things!

 

For the nest piece, I took some pale beige batik, my Queen Anne's Lace stencil and paint to create this cloth, which I love so much I can see making yardage of this to use!

For the nest piece, I took some pale beige batik, my Queen Anne’s Lace thermofax screen and paint to create this cloth, which I love so much I can see making yardage of this to use!  You can buy  Sarah’s Thermofax Screens at Fiber on a Whim at Fiber on a Whim.  To read more about my “nest” please see this blogpost.

4.  Designing Cloth.  Throughout the DVD Lyric salts in bits of wisdom about various elements and principles (E&P) of design.  I was SO clueless when I began art quilting.  I then got lucky and took a class at a local community college/extension service while living in Friday Harbor.  Since then I’ve looked hard at things, studied them, to internalize the “E&P” of design.  As you work with them, you get better so you don’t need to look so hard, but Lyric brings them up in an integrated manner that will help you have better results, sooner.  And she shares a tip I discovered the long way around:  if you have a yucky piece of cloth, or don’t like what you did, just add more layers.  After all, is it going to get worse?  No.  And it might well get better.

You also get a PDF on the disc with

  • a list of supplies,
  • where to get screens made in the US, Canada, Australia, England and Germany
  • info on suppliers of machines, screens, frames, textile paints and surface design supplies
  • footnotes for each chapter with internet links
  • plus Lyric has some helpful free tutorials on her website that will supplement the information on the DVD

I wish I had had this video when I started out.  Some videos about printing are Graduate Student level, and overwhelm you.  Some are so basic you could have gleaned all the good stuff from a four-page (with lots of large photos) article.   Lyric’s is correctly titled Thermofax 101 (so Lyric, will you do a 301 or 401 for us too?); it’s aimed at the newbie.  But those of us who have been doing this a bit can still learn plenty.  So I’m going to go play, then in a month or two view my copy again.

To win a copy of this DVD AND a copy of MY DVD,

my video workshop that takes you from your photo to a finished art quilt

my video workshop that takes you from your photo to a finished art quilt

leave a comment by 7 a.m. May 21st East Coast Time.  I’ll use a random number generator and whoever left that comment (please keep it to one comment per person, please) will win both copies.  Lyric will mail hers out directly, as will I.  International entries are OK!

Check out the other reviews on this bloghop:

 

May 14   Deborah Boschert    http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com
May 13   Jamie Fingal http://JamieFingalDesigns.blogspot.com/  
May 12   Desiree Habicht  http://myclothesline.blogspot.com

May 11   Susan Brubaker Knapp  http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com
May 9    kathy york  http://aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com
May 8    Carol Sloan  http://carolbsloan.blogspot.com

May 7    Liz Kettle  http://www.textileevolution.com/index.php/our-journey
May 6    Jane Davila  http://janedavila.blogspot.com
May 4    Linda Stokes  www.lindastokes-textileartist.com

May 2    Judy Coates Perez  http://www.judycoatesperez.com
May 1    Susan Price & Elizabeth Gibson  http://pgfiber2art.blogspot.com/
April 30  Judy Gula http://www.artisticartifacts.com/blog/

April 28   Sue Bleiweiss  http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blog/
April 27   Melanie Testa  http://melanietesta.com/blog/
April 25   Leslie Tucker Jennison  http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com
April 24   Cheryl Rezendez  http://www.cherylrezendes.com

 

 

 

21 Responses to “Thermofax 101: Lyric Kinard’s new DVD Workshop”

  1. Susan Armstrong Says:

    Lyric’s DVD sounds wonderful! I would be very excited to win a copy and finally get to work on some fabric myself. Thanks for the great review!

    Congratulations, Susan! You have won Lyric’s DVD and mine as well! Please contact me so we can get your snail mail info!

  2. Laura in NH Says:

    I would love to expand my FMQ skills to new ventures in thread work. Your book on art quilt design is just the help I need.

  3. patty Says:

    I did a bit a screen printing in a workshop this past spring, but I need to learn more. This DVD sounds like it would be perfect!

  4. pam w Says:

    thanks for the chance to win both dvds. both look awesome and informative

  5. Jody Says:

    I would love to win Lyric’s dvd and yours as well. What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for giving me the chance to enter. I love your work and Lyric’s as well, this would be a fantastic asset to my educational supplies.

  6. Jody Says:

    I would love to win Lyric’s dvd and yours as well. What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for giving me the chance to enter. I love your work and Lyric’s as well, this would be a fantastic asset to my educational supplies.

  7. Dee Says:

    I already have your fabulous DVD but can always give one to friend….haven’t done much with surface design but Lyric’s DVD sounds like a good introduction.

  8. Whiskers Says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to use a Thermofax and print my own fabric! And I already have your DVD. Sounds like summer could be “fruitful”.

  9. Vicki Says:

    What a wonderfully thorough review. I enjoyed reading your ‘teasers’ about some of Lyric’s printing techniques. Love your threadwork. I’ve read your book several times. Thanks for the chance to win the two DVDs.

  10. Nancy A Says:

    Oh, what a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Diane Miller Says:

    I would love to learn how to use a Thermofax. It would be wonderful if I got lucky and won this, and a copy of yours too.

  12. Jim Says:

    Loved playing with Lyric’s thermofaxes in her surface design class.

  13. Deborah M Says:

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway, Sarah Ann! I love queen ann’s lace!

  14. Jennifer Says:

    I always appreciate and value your reviews and critiques. My Panasonic iron was bought after reading your blog post and I still love it. So, I am betting Lyric’s DVD would be a solid choice as well. Thanks!

  15. Wendy Says:

    Technology is wonderful, we get to see fabulous classes no matter where in the world we are.

  16. judi Says:

    Nice review! Hope I win! Thank you for the chance, if I don’t win, guess what’s on my wish list!!!

  17. Carolyn Morgan Says:

    Glad to find your blog! This is a great give-away. Screen printing is new for me.

  18. grace Says:

    Thank you for the great review. I would love to win this and your DVD so I can learn more. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Therese Says:

    Sarah, you sold me on Lyric’s DVD. I am more intrigued than ever about thermofax printing! And you sweeten the offering with your own DVD, which would be a great complement to your Threadwork book that I like. Now I really hope to win! 🙂

  20. Vickie Says:

    I am a thermofax newbie for sure and 101 is definitely the place for me. I recently bought series 1500 Quilting Arts TV and boy am I see the possibilities ! Your “chocolate pudding” comment certainly has me curious !

  21. Debby Harwell Says:

    Our guild had both you and Lyric this year and I learned so much from both of you! You are both a wealth of information so of course I’d love to win both DVD’s! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!