Monday, June 9, 2014

Sun Printing By LuAnn Kessi Part 1


Sun Printing


Guest Post By LuAnn Kessi





Sunny Weather…

Time to get out the Setacolors and do Sun Printing



I am using 100% cotton fabric

Diluted Setacolor Paints 1 part paint 4 parts water


I cover the fabric with paint then place a resist on top:






This is a piece of rug gripper...







After it dries in the sun, I remove the gripper pad 

and the design is revealed on the fabric





Botanicals are always a favorite resist:



Fern grow everywhere here in Western Oregon








I love the first peek!








The salt sprinkled on the fabric also creates

great texture








This piece is covered with scrunched up plastic wrap









Again…..love that first peek!









The plastic wrap creates incredible texture.








This piece is covered with a curtain









Another grid pattern.







Queen Anne's Lace…

This grows wild along the road side.









Don't waste the sunshine!

Get out your paints and get to work!






18 comments:

  1. Fantastic. My friend and I tried this last week but we used the paint pretty undiluted and not much happened. Well try it again with diluted paint. Great post

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  2. Wow! Your results are fantastic! I don't know which one I like best. We're expected to have sun later this week, and I can't wait to give your techniques a try. Quick questions about the salt... What type of salt do you use? Do you then wash the piece or simply just brush the salt off? Does it simply dissolve on the piece?

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  3. LuAnn, these are great! I have to get going on this... June is the perfect month here in Flagstaff... sunny and warm. The only drawback is that the wind is still a little gusty. Can you talk about how long it usually takes to get the print?
    Thanks for your inspiration!

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  4. Hi. Do you think you could use Procion MX dyes for this? Has anyone tried this? I don't have any setacolor..

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  5. Wow that is just so cool. I am going to check into the paint you used and I am going to try this this summer.

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  6. Craft A Life, I had thought about trying fiber reactive dyes as a test, but for some reason I don't believe it would work. I'd love to hear if anyone has tried them.

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  7. Wow I'm amazed that you get such wonderful results with diluted paint! I'm definitely going to give this a try. I especially love the plastic wrap.

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  8. I was just thinking this weekend that it's time to get the sun printing going. I love the plastic wrap and will be giving that a try for sure!

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  9. fabulous! I especially like the Queen's Anne Lace effect!

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  10. love the plastic wrap - that is inspired!

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  11. MX fiber-reactive dyes can be used in conjunction with soy milk for sun printing.

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  12. Rock or Kosher salt works well. I have never tried mx dyes. On a hot day, the prints dry in a matter of minutes.

    Thanks for your inquiries,
    LuAnn in Oregon
    luannkessi.blogspot.com

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  13. Thank you so much, I use to do 5 parts of water, and that is too much water, or just a bit lighter. Great ideas!

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  14. Thank you so much, I use to do 5 parts of water, and that is too much water, or just a bit lighter. Great ideas!

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  15. Thank you so much, I use to do 5 parts of water, and that is too much water, or just a bit lighter. Great ideas!

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  16. Thank you so much, I use to do 5 parts of water, and that is too much water, or just a bit lighter. Great ideas!

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