Friday, August 10, 2012
Sunday sun printing with Setacolors
Last Sunday I pulled out my transparent Setacolor paints and took them out to a table I have set up in my back yard (under a canopy tent we set up for a big BBQ a few weeks ago, and I convinced my husband to leave it up for a while for craft purposes).
I used these paints to do sun printing on fabric, and I have some pictures of my process to share.
You can use any type of fabric, the paints will show up better on white, but I had this gold fabric I wanted to try.
After spraying the fabric so it is damp all over, but not soaking, I take a large brush and brushed on many colors of paint. I am sticking with analogous colors on the first piece, blue/green/yellow, and later on another piece, reds and yellows and a some purple.
While they are still damp (very important, please note I did one, then the other, I did not work on them simultaneously), set them in the sun and put items on for creating a sun print. I used grape ivy on one, and card stock circles on the other, but you could use stencils or just about anything. See how I smushed the ivy leaves tight to the fabric? This will have a much more distinctive sun print than the stems that are not tight to the surface.
Let them dry in the sun, then remove the items and you have you're sun printed fabric. I always heat set the paint with a hot iron just to make sure it is permanently set.
The red one did not turn out very well. I think it would have been better on white fabric. But what can I do, but do something else to it and see if it improves. That will be my next post.
Please note that is is important to use setacolor transparent paints, not the opaque ones.
You can do this indoors with decent results, but they sure dry faster in the summer sun.
I really like this technique and I am going to try it again later in the summer with stencils and putting the paint in spray bottles so the colors blend more.
I had an art friend that said you could do sun printing with watered down regular acrylics, has anyone tried this?