Last week I was able to do some sun printing. My results were so-so but I did enjoy the process and look forward to learning more and doing better. I also read an article about over-printing so I'm going to touch up some of my fabrics eventually.
|My first attempt at sun printing this year|
|Some interesting plants from my yard|
|Mixing up the colours|
Results of sun printing
- A couple of the dandelion leaves on the left came out.
- The fern in the middle was not touching the fabric enough to get a good print. I think that I needed more paint.
- Next to it was a bunch of clover. It didn't adhere enough, but the two clover leaves at the top are great.
- The individual leaves didn't do too badly.
|I love the clover at the top edge of the first piece|
The second piece was not very successful. There are faint images of ferns but not much else. I suspect that there wasn't enough paint and the plants were not touching the fabric enough. This piece will probably be much better with some over printing.
|Not very successful sun printing|
|Faint outline of ferns|
|Green and red with some leaves outlined|
|Lovely violet leaves|
This orange and yellow piece is my most successful as far as the sun print goes. Most of them are quite clear. Next time, I'll have to work on my composition 😊
|Much better outlines of the leaves|
|Finally a pretty good image of a fern leaf.|
What I learned
- Sun printing is done with diluted transparent paint. I used Pébéo Setacolor light or transparent fabric paint but I think that I should have applied more paint to the fabric.
- Also, since the paint dries fairly quickly outside in the sun, I should have done one piece at a time. I did spritz some water onto the fabric to keep it wet so that the image could transfer.
- Plants that you can lie flat against the fabric work best. Some of the fern leaves I used were too rigid and didn't lie flat.
- It's also important to work on the composition part so that if the sun prints work, that they will look nice together.
- I've just found a tutorial on YouTube using the plant as a stencil to make plant prints. I've listed it below because I think that it would be great to use that technique also.
- Finally, I found some articles by Lynda Heines. I've included the link below.
- This is my 500th post! Youppi!!! I've been blogging for over 10 years, since March 2012. Wow, what a learning journey. I hope that it goes on for a long, long time 😎
- Sun Printing How-to instructions - Anne Warburton, Fibre Artist
- Advanced Sun Printing - article by Lisa Chin in Quilting Arts Magazine, Feb-March 2016
- Sun Printing Indoors with Lisa Chin – Quilting Daily
- Tutorial on how to make plant prints with paint on fabric on YouTube, Charlotte Scott
- Lynda Heines articles on Sun Printing
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