It’s finally spring and the sun is out, so I wanted to do some sun printing. I pulled out my stack of StencilGirl stencils and got started. I wanted to work with small bits of fabric, so I tore some pieces of yellow, light green and white. These small sizes mean that the entire stencil will cover the fabric, so the design will go all the way from edge to edge.
Next I chose a mono-chromatic color palette: teal, light green and blue. I squirted some paint into a plastic container and mixed with water. About half paint and half water.
I spread two plastic garbage bags out on the driveway and set the fabric on top, then sprayed it throughly with water. See the spray bottle there? Then I just dabbed paint onto the fabric. Wet fabric, watered down paint. It’s swirly and wet!
Then I placed the Spinners stencil on top of the wet fabric. I tapped it down so I could see the stencil really making contact with the fabric. This is my friend Terri’s stencil design. Isn’t it cool?!
I ended up with seven pieces of fabric and I used almost all my stencils. Now it’s time for the sun to do her magic.
But, then I got a little worried about the wind. So I added several more rocks to weight the edges of the stencils and the plastic.. You can see my dog, Lincoln, “standing guard.”
I couldn’t resist taking a peek to see if some change was already happening. It sure was! Here the paint and fabric are still very wet, but the pattern is emerging!
A couple of hours later I had these amazing pieces!
It doesn’t seem logical, but the areas that are open on the stencil end up darker. I really love the effect. I think this one using the Trees Stencil is especially cool.
This one with the Vines stencil turned out quite nicely too.
My newest stencil is Garden Flowers and Leaves. I think because it’s such a delicate stencil, there are bits that didn’t make full contact with the fabric creating a less precise effect. But, it’s interesting and unexpected to see the pattern fade in and out with the colors.
Now I’ve got a great collection of sun printed fabrics to add to my stash. But, I wanted to create something right away! I cut a tiny bit of the flower sun print and stitched up this sweet little collage. It’s mounted on a 3x3 inch canvas.
I added it to our collage art wall in the living room. See it in the corner?
If you’ve got stencils, acrylic paint, fabric and sunshine you’re ready to do some sun printing too! (Actually, I understand it’s not really the sun that does the work. The process would happen naturally as the fabric dries. A sunny day just means the fabric dries faster.)