Sun Printing over “bad” prints

Sometimes printing projects just don’t work out the way you want them to. If you have some fabric around that you don’t like, try adding more layers. Today I’m talking about sun printing over “bad” prints.

For information on the actual sun printing procedure, my tips, and lots of sun printing posts, check out this link. I am using Pebeo Setacolor Transparent/Light Fabric Paint.

For my first over printing I chose one of the wet cyan prints. It was one of the first ones I did, and it just didn’t turn out. Here is the before.

First I wet the fabric completely. Then I painted using Fuchsia. I added ferns to the top of the piece, and placed it out in the sun.

Here is my finished piece.

You can still see the original ferns, but you really have to look. If I do this over again, I won’t use a red. I’ll try green, or even a blue or yellow.

Next, I took a yard of the fabric I printed at QSDS last month.

I decided that I didn’t want to do the whole yard at one time, so I cut it in half.

The first half I painted with Cobalt Blue, and added cardstock letters as masks.

The other piece I covered with Violet and arranged plexiglass circle and triangles on top. I ran out of them so I added ferns. I decided I’d probably cut up the piece anyway.

I placed the wet fabric on a plastic sheet on top of a  piece of cardboard. This made it easy for me to take the fabric from the garage to the sun. Again, I wet the fabric, put it on the plastic, painted with the Setacolor, added the masks, and put it out in the sun. The wind was blowing a bit so I anchored the fabric and plastic with bricks, and anything I could find outside!

I allowed the fabric to dry before taking off the masks and bringing in and ironing. Once ironed, I washed and dried the pieces. Now they are ready to play with.

I like them both better. I also didn’t realize how much I really like these two colors with green! As I mentioned, I’m thinking about cutting up this piece. Here is a closeup area I thought would make a nice small piece.

So just a reminder. If you don’t like a piece, you can always add another layer by over sun printing.  I have several other pieces that need to be over printed. Hope you’re having a great week.