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!