Dawn DeVries Sokol


Screen Printing Made EZ!

A few years ago, I bought a Thermofax machine locally on e-Bay. I brought it home and tried it, without much success. It sat in my studio and when we moved, I decided to sell it, along with a lot of other equipment and supplies I wasn’t using. I sold it for the same price I bought it for. I wish I had had Lynn Krawczyk’s DVD workshop, Thermofax Screen Printing Essentials, before I sold it. Otherwise, I believe I would have held on to that machine!

I was honored when Lynn asked me to participate in her blog hop to spotlight her new DVD:

Let me just say, I taped a DVD workshop for Interweave a few years ago, Art Journaling Pages in Stages, so I understand what goes into prepping for the shoot. I am so impressed with Lynn’s casual demeanor and her ability to explain techniques and such so clearly. It’s a difficult thing to do! And Interweave shoots the DVDs in about four hours, so you have to come in with a ton of stuff set up and ready to go.

I asked Lynn to make a screen for me, which she did and sent so quickly (thank you, Lynn!). I played with it yesterday after watching the DVD. First, let me say that I didn’t have any Golden Silkscreen Medium on hand, which you need, because acrylic paints will clog the screen. BUT, I made do with some Martha Stewart Glass Paint, which is made for silk screening, among other things, so I decided to use that! And it worked! But I definitely want to get some of the Golden medium because then I can mix it with any of my acrylic paints and screen print to my hearts’ content!

I used one of Lynn’s project ideas in the DVD as a guide for what I painted. I used corrugated cardboard as my surface, first painting with different acrylic paints, then screen printing, and then doodling over it.


I was having a difficult time this morning getting a photo in the studio without some kind of shadow working it's way in!

I like the flexibility of the Thermofax screens and how easy they will store. I definitely want to get a few more made because I want to bring this medium into my work!

Lynn’s giving my blog readers the chance for a free screen! Leave a comment in this post and I will pick a winner next Monday and get you in contact with her. You can get the DVD and all of the screens she uses in it here.

Also, make sure to check out all the other participants in the blog hop. They’re all doing FAB posts!

Monday August 17 – Maddie Kertay
Tuesday August 18 – Lisa Chin
Wednesday August 19 – Briana Goetzen
Thursday August 20 – Dawn DeVries Sokol
Friday August 21 – Pokey Bolton
Saturday August 22 – Pam Carriker
Sunday August 23 – Lynn