Tuesday, May 20, 2014

sun print tote

Sun prints are typically created with special paper or fabric treated with cyanotype (a solution of potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate that can be exposed to a UV light source to create a print).  Kinda sounds complicated right? While you can buy paper or fabric treated with cyanotype, or even light sensitive paints and dyes, there is a much easier and cheaper way to create the same effect on fabric.

If you have spent time playing around with surface design techniques, resists or using leaves on fabric, it is likely that you may have discovered that you can place objects onto a wet painted surface. Once they dry they will leave an imprint of the object. I discovered this years ago when I was painting outside on a sunny day and leaves and grass got stuck to my wet canvas. Recently (when we had a heat spell) I thought it would be a fun technique to share with Lucy. It is a really easy way to create a simple sun print and a perfect project for warm sunny day!

Using acrylic paint, cover the surface of your fabric. I prefer to use watered down paint (or even dye). Thick layers of paint will not work for this technique.

TIP- Use fabric paint or dye if you are creating washable fabric

Next, press flowers, leaves or just about anything onto the surface of the wet fabric.
Let everything sit in the sun for 1-2 hours or until dry. While it is drying the leaves will be absorbing the wet pigment.

Pull leaves from the fabric and you are left with a beautiful print.
And of course I couldn't resist using my fabric to create a simple tote!


Looking for more ideas for creating your own unique fabric? Check out more of my posts- glue resist fabric, fern fabric, scratch foam prints, stenciled fabric, stamped fabric

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