20 July 2009

Walking on sunshine!

Today was a good day to do some sunprinting in the backyard. I set myself up on a corner of the deck and went to town with acrylic paint and pfd cotton.

The sky was clear, the sun was warm and bright, and the leaf prints were crisp.

Delicious colors and patterns. I chose to make more intense colors this go round, usually I make very washed pale backgrounds. Sun printing is fast, fun, easy and looks spectacular.

I don't like to wear gloves and for this reason especially try extremely hard to avoid any toxic or harmful chemicals - which is why I love to work with acrylics. And almost all of this washed off with a little soap when I was done.

A lovely way to spend the afternoon!


Doreen K. said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun. I have been wanting to try sun printing for a long time. Do you have to have pfd fabric?

Kate said...

Cool! I didn't even know you could do sun-prints with acrylic paint. Thanks for the inspiring look at your work process.
On a side note, your first picture is a really lovely photo all by itself. Nice composition!

LuAnn Kessi said...

Hi Jane,
What kind of acrylic paint did you use?
Do most paints lend themselves to the sun dyeing technique.
I purchased Colourise paints for sun dyeing, which are very expensive.
Just wondering if there is a less costly way to sun dye fabrics.
Your colors are fun and happy!
LuAnn in Oregon

j.dávila said...

Doreen: You don't have to use pfd, but you do want to pre-wash your fabric to remove any finishes from it that might repel the paint.

Kate & LuAnn: Acrylic paint is perfect as long as it's marked Transparent or Translucent. I used Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics. Some of the colors are Opaque, but I avoid those for this purpose. They work great, the color range is gorgeous and they're very reasonably priced.

sharon said...

didn't know you could use acrylic paints for this!!!! thanks for sharing !!

Julaine Lofquist-Birch said...

Yummy! Even the fingers - looks like mine (I hate gloves)...

If interested, take a peek at my blog. I've been away from fiberspace for a few months, so I decided to gift one of my small art quilts to the right guesser! It's my return to blogland!

Plain Jane said...

woo hoo, totally fun and beautiful!