A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Concluding our sun printing month

Our sun printing month has come to an end. I hope you have enjoyed all of the great information on this fun and easy technique.

I don't know about you, but I've learned a lot this month. As I mentioned earlier, I'm really partial to Dye-Na-Flow and Setacolor, but Robbie's experiments with SolarFast have me interested in trying it. I've not had much luck with lace, but after seeing LuAnn's pieces, I think I really need to experiment again and loved her cheesecloth and plastic wrap fabrics. Lastly, Sue's preservation of botanicals is a technique I will definitely try with my ferns, and my hubby's winter plants might have to move over so I can put some of my pieces under those grow lights.

I'll leave you with a few more of my sun printed pieces.

Sun printed apron using Setacolor

Vintage handkerchiefs sun printed with Setacolor

One of my blog readers emailed me a couple years ago asking if I ever used Dye-na-Flow for sun printing. I told her I'd try it and if I liked it I'd write a short tutorial for her to hand out to her group for their next play time. Anyway, here is the link to my blog post about Dye-na-Flow with the link to that pdf at the very bottom. I couldn't post it on this blog for some reason.

Sun printing with ferns and plastic needlepoint canvas with Dye-na-Flow  

Thank you LuAnn, Robbie, and Sue for helping me with this month's topic.  I hope our posts this month have inspired you to get out and sun print.

And now I can't wait to see what Judy has in store for us in July.


  1. I learned a lot too!! Thank you all for the ideas and inspiration, much appreciated!

  2. The sun printing tutorials this month have been WONDERFUL and I've already started experimenting. Thank you so much for all the ideas!

  3. Many thanks for the great series on sun printing. A friend and I tried out SolarFast last week and your advice was extremely helpful. In fact, all the posts have been great in showing how stuff works in the real world.

  4. You and your helpers have done an amazing job covering this technique in wonderful detail. Thank you so much.

  5. Thanks! Although I've used Dy-Na-Flow and love Solar Fast too, I've become a fan of silk screen ink for sun printing because of you! I'll be spending most of the summer out in my art gazebo continuing my experiments.

  6. Janis, So glad you tried the screen printing ink. Would love to see your experiments.

  7. This was an awesome conversation! I've got some ideas in mind to try just as soon as the rain clouds rumble by!

  8. Carol, Thanks. I look forward to seeing what you create once the rain moves out!


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