Sun Printing


13 replies to Sun Printing
  1. I was wondering how you wash these fabric afterward & does it affect the colors/patterns on the fabric?

  2. Beatrice, If you use Seta colors or Dye Na Flow I’d just wash it in cold water. It should be alright.

  3. Goodmorning. I was wondering where you buy Dye Na Flow? I’ve tried a couple of stores with no luck.

  4. Dale, You can buy it at Blicks if you have one locally. Or if you have another art store. Otherwise online. I really prefer setacolor light though but they also can only be found in art stores or online.

  5. hi in your “march sunprinting ” tutorial you mentioned using a ‘fabric stencil”
    the results looked fantastic, what is a “fabric stencil” and where could i purchase something similar/
    thanks ! love your blog and for sharing your creativity !

  6. Greetings!
    I appreciate your willingness to share your great ideas. I am intrigued by the sun printing you have done with dye-na-flow and stencils. Do you think it would work to use this technique with a cotton-t-shirt? Would it require a plastic resist inside the t-shirt? Thanks for your thoughts.

  7. Stacy, I think it would work using one of those shirt inserts covered in plastic. I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I’d love to see your results if you do try it. Thanks for dropping by.

  8. Beautiful! But I don’t understand why this works? If you use Dye-na-flow, and put color on the fabric first, why does it go away from the areas shielded from the sun?

  9. Hope Ann, It’s magic! Or at least that what I say! Here is how I explained the process in a post back in 2014. “So how does sun printing work without that special paper or fabric? It’s real easy. Wet fabric is painted and then covered with objects (botanicals, stencils, lace, etc). Once out in the sun, the water evaporates from the exposed surfaces of the fabric. The covered areas are protected and stay moist. While the sun works it’s magic, the water from the covered fabric moves to the drier exposed fabric, pulling the paint pigments with it. So once the fabric is dry and you pull off the objects, the fabric is the original color. It’s truly magical and I am amazed every time I sun print.” Check out this blog post on Sun Printing Tips – It’s all about heat – not the sun. Hope that helps. Have fun!

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