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printing with sunshine

Plenty of Summer sun calls for sun painting/printing. I need a bit of green and purple for an upcoming nature themed project, so utilized yesterday’s bright shining afternoon.

  Goatsbeard leaves, cotton string, and craft foam squaes

Goatsbeard leaves, cotton string, and craft foam squaes

  Sensitive fern and craft foam squares

Sensitive fern and craft foam squares

  Coreopsis blooms, Goatsbeard leaves, and cotton string

Coreopsis blooms, Goatsbeard leaves, and cotton string

  Leaves and blooms dried and drawn back in the hot sun, revealing the edges of the print

Leaves and blooms dried and drawn back in the hot sun, revealing the edges of the print

  Peeling away the fern leaf to reveal the print

Peeling away the fern leaf to reveal the print

  Green sun-printed fabric

Green sun-printed fabric

  Purple/magenta sun-printed fabric 

Purple/magenta sun-printed fabric 

  Favorite result: the bright center of the Coreopsis bloom print

Favorite result: the bright center of the Coreopsis bloom print

Work fast when it’s hot out. The prints will have sharpest edges when resist objects are placed while the fabric is still wet with paint. I’ve had the craft foam squares for years and save and reuse them. Same with the string.

I basically follow the sun painting instructions HERE, which include a link to the Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paints I use.

I’ll be posting more photos soon of what these fabrics become.

This is my first blog post entirely by mobile phone. Bear with me while I sort out how all this works, but so far so pleased with the ease of it all.