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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ecoprint with cotton: bonus - let's sunprint first

This is the last of my ecoprint posts. Zo let's share a bonus find.

I made a sunprint with my fabric with a mixture of a cup of soymilk, and a teaspoon of procion mx and soda-ash.

That turned out rather pretty, but different as thought.

Now that it was mordanted with soy-milk, I might try ecoprinting on it as well:

That makes a nice combination as the sunprint is strong enough to stand the heat. This gives a whole new range of possibilities!! Let's save that for another year.

Thank you for joining me this month full of ecoprinting with cotton and please share your blogposts and results in the comments as we might all learn from you as well!


  1. Wow Nienke another great result. Thank you for a great blog this month.

  2. Thanks for a fantastic and inspiring eco print month. Haven't tried it yet but will have to before fall.

  3. cool...I have never tried sunprinting with procion dyes...just acrylic paint! Another thing to try!!!

  4. Great print! So the leaves left there mark because of the mordant. What color dye did you use? This is fabulous!

  5. Hi. Can you explain the purpose of the soy milk? With the procion dye, you just need the soda ash. Is the soy milk for the later eco printing? Do you know what it does chemically? Thanks!

  6. I have really enjoyed reading your posts on ecoprinting--in fact, every post in this blog.
    I am writing to confess that I used your blog title as inspiration for my recent blog POST title, "...And Then I Ran Over the Quilt With my Car." I gave credit to you--and included a link to your blog--in the first line of my post.

  7. Thanks Nienke. That was a great month and I will have our ecoprints on my blog soon.

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  9. @Lisa Chin - it is 50% red and 50% turquoise, unexpected result!!
    @CraftALife - to my personal opinion the soy milk is slowing down the dry process in the sun, which allows the dye to travel to the outer parts outside of the leaf. So not particular a chemical thing, but a sort of slow-resist.
    Thanks to all for your enthusiastic comments, I had a good time sharing with the world this rewarding process!


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