First off we need to find a photo to print in black and white!! Even if your photo is in color, you can change the settings on your printer or in a photo editing program to black/white. The end result is you need a photo with high contrast, in black and white, which you'll print out on transparency film.
At the time, all I saw in my image was black and white, and for the most part this image worked well enough for my 'first' time printing.
So let's get started on the process! And along the way I will add 'tips' in red but you can also go to the Jacquard web site for more tips and tricks.
The process is simple.....I used a piece of foam board to work on as it's easier to carry the board outside.. You do not want to paint your fabric outside!!! Remember this product reacts in the sun!! Work inside!
You want your fabric just wet enough to cover the area you want printed but not soaking wet. It's recommended you blot with a paper towel.
** TIP - If the fabric is TOO wet during exposure, condensation may form underneath the negative, which can interfere with development.
**Tip - I use a hard brayer to roll across my negative - just helps to adhere to the paint before laying glass on top. You want your film to be flush on the painted area of your fabric.
**Tip - Make sure your glass is not too thin! It will potentially crack with the heat of the sun!!
Once you are happy with peeking and seeing your print develop, bring your print inside with the negative and glass still on top! Keep your fabric out of the sun until you can wash out the undeveloped dye. You can purchase a SF Wash but I just used Dawn detergent (blue). Any undeveloped dye that remains on your fabric could continue to develop, thus you would lose your pattern/design if it's in the sun.
**Tip: Make sure you paint your fabric inside! Remember SF is activated by the sun!! And bring your printed piece inside before you remove the glass!!! Otherwise, you may lose your entire print!
I really liked the clock negative so for my last piece I masked off an area the 'negative' would fit into, then painted black SF within that area.
I kept the masking tape on through the entire sun printing process.
So I hope you found this type of sun printing interesting enough to come back tomorrow for some other ways of using SolarFast and the sun!