What I learned is that sun-printing does not even require the sun. An old fashioned lamp (which not only emits light, but also heat) can do the trick as well. That's because you need heat instead of light. The heat lets the area around the mask dry faster than underneath the mask, soaking away the paint from under the mask. And this trick works really well, as I'll show today!
So let's do a little tutorial.
What do you need:
- cotton or knit fabric
- regular fabric paint
- a paint brush
- leaves or other objects that can function as masks
- a work area (I used a cutting board from the kitchen, but a plastic-covered cardboard will also work)
- the sun, or an old-fashioned light-bulb type lamp (if there is no sun, or if it is very windy outside)
- Put your masks on top of the fabric. I found that young cow parsley (fluitekruid) leaves give a beautiful wispy effect.
Waiting for the sun to appear
- Now, the hardest part ;-). Put your mask-covered fabric in the sun and wait. Just wait.
I told you, the perfect one-nap project
Let's have another one!
Wow! Better than freezer paper stenciling
- Is your fabric dry? Now, the best part. Take away the masks and reveal your patterns. Pretty, isn't it?