OK, I’ll admit it: I have Thermofax envy. I keep seeing all these wonderful results of using images produced on a thermofax: Sonja has one, or at least has access to one. So do Liz, Denise, Lynda, Rayna (TWO!), Maggie, Cathy, Casey, Cynthia, Linda, Susie, Amy, and Patricia Bolton (she has another great link on her blog). Claire has actually made a business out of selling the many wonderful screens she makes. Jane Dunnewold has a thermofax service, as does Marcy Tilton. I’m sure I have only scratched the surface of the number of these once defunct, now gloriously resuscitated machines. Apparently Welsh Products is the place to purchase all things thermal in North America. They include instructions as well.
As an avid doodler, sketcher, and photographer, I, too, would like to translate my images into screens in such an elegant and easy manner. So . . . I am giving notice to the universe that I want, need, and would use & cherish such a machine. Perhaps I should also start saving my loonies (I’m Canadian), which will mean fewer chai lattes. Sometimes an artist has to make sacrifices.
In the meantime, perhaps I’ll try PhotoEZ. Gwen Gibson has used it, and sells her screens (she also does intriguing things with PhotoEZ and shaving cream); Ginny Eckley sells it in the US. Desiree has some very helpful info about it, and 3 YOUTube presentations (1, 2, 3) show how slick and effective this stuff actually is. You can buy it direct from the manufacturer, Circuit Bridge.
Right now, I simply use stamps and stencils, or attach a printed, tissue paper image to my quilt or collage painting with liquid medium.
And I’ve made this page so I can access all these lucky people with a click, and dream about my future acquisition.