Sun prints in wintery July

August 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm 1 comment

The technique chosen for our fabric swap for July was sun printing. As it is winter here it was a matter of waiting for a sunny day. I have a great north facing verandah which is ideal for this technique, if the sun is shining. However the afternoon was so sunny I set up the fabric on a plastic sheet on the large outside table.

I used dampened cotton sheeting and painted with dye na flow. I had a lovely bronze miscanthus whose seedheads were looking amazing so I chopped those off the bush and pressed down onto the wet fabric. then the wind started blowing! A quick run into the garage yielded large metal washers which were placed over the grasses to hold them down. An hour later the sky darkened and rain threatened so the son was coerced into helping lift the whole kit and kaboodle onto the porch. Another couple of hours later the washers had made definite impressions, the grasses were more subtle! On checking the weather report a storm was heading our way so once again son was enlisted to help move into the shed.

The result using the dye na flow is quite subtle. From other fabrics I have received I believe the best ‘impressions’ result from using those dyes/paints specifically formulated for sun dyeing.

sun print

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  • 1. maggi21  |  August 12, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Sounds like you had a hectic time with this but the result is good.

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