The seasons are a changing, and no matter the weather where you live,
it's time to take advantage of sun printing!
Ideally the weather is hot, dry and windless for sun printing.
Pull out a table, or a large piece of board. . .
. . . grab some paint, fabric and masks (i.e. leaves, cut outs, stencils, hardware, etc) and get busy.
The basic instructions for Sun Printing are:
1) Wet your fabric with either a spray bottle or soak the fabric in water and squeeze out the excess water. Lay the fabric on a table or board which can be placed in the sun.
2) Mix your paint of choice (see photo above) at about a two to one ratio - two parts water to one part paint - and, using a large foam or bristled paint brush, spread the paints across the fabric. Use one or multiple colors. It's all up to your creativity.
3) Place leaves, masks, keys, nuts and bolts, or whatever you like over the top of the painted fabric.
4) Leave fabric in the sun until the fabric has dried. The sun heat sets the paint and so it is now wash fast, however, I am a creature of habit and always iron my fabrics before I wash them.
This process is much shorter, and more dramatic, in dry climates rather than in humid climates as the process is really working by evaporation. As the water travels from under the masks, it draws the paint with it out from under the masks and creates an outline of the image.
But with the season's changing, maybe the sun isn't shining right now. . .
. . . or it's the middle of the night and you want to create. . .
What's an artist to do???!!!
Well don't panic because. . .
There ARE ways to Sun Print WITHOUT the sun!
AND, I will tell you all about them in the next blog post. . .
In the meantime, leave a comment here about your experiences (if any) with sun printing for your opportunity to win FOUR Sun Printed Fat Quarters, TWO yards of Mistyfuse, and A Mini GODDESS SHEET! The winner will be selected and announced on September 30th!
Don't forget to enter your email address over there on the right hand side so you will not miss the next post about how to Sun Print without the sun! There will also be a post about layering Sun Prints, as well as a post with a fun project to make once you have created your sun prints (clue: the project uses Mistyfuse!)
See you Next Week!
- Lisa Chin
- Lisa Chin