Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I am a fiber artist and designer. My currant emphasis is on eco printing and other wildcraft with a touch of up-cycling thrown in. You can also catch up with my wanderings on my Facebook page Drye Goods Studio.

Sun Printing

This is how sun printing on fabric works:
1. After the fabric has had all the sizing etc. washed out of it I lay it out flat in the sun.

2. Then I mix up the dye, in this picture it looks like I am using Setacolor, but I also use Jacquard "Dye-na-flo" either are good. Jacquard has a lot more colors to choose from and the colors remain more true when mixed with water. Ooo-look at the farmer tan!
 3. The dye goes on FIRST. I use sponges on something this big, but paint brushes and droppers can be fun to use on smaller pieces. You can use a paint brush in the style of Jackson Pollock-just be prepared to be covered in dye.
 4. NOW the stencils go on. I am using fake leaves in the picture, but you can use the real stuff too. It pays to think ahead and press them in a book overnight as they need to be really flat to get a crisp image. Sometimes it is fun to take advantage of the fact that something isn't flat and take advantage of the angle of the sun, you can get some really cool effects with marbles and beans. If you want to combine it with salt technique now would be the time to add the salt.

5. When it is dry (patience-fiddling with it can ruin it) the stencils are removed and viola! Everywhere it was masked off from the sun it has turned white. Now it just needs to sit for 24 hours and then be heat set with an iron or clothes dryer.
6. Finishing-in this case attempting to sew on beads.