Last year I bought some sunprint paper to print in the sun. I thought it was neat, but the paper is really expensive! I also wanted more colors than blue.
I found this tutorial on 3 Creative Studio where I don’t need anything special just fabric, some fabric paint, and things to mask out the sun. So today was my day to play with the sun.
First, we need a work base. I covered a piece of cardboard with a trash bag, duck taping the bottom so I had a smooth surface on the top. I put my piece of muslin I had purchased for another project on the top of my new work base. The next step was to mist the fabric with water so that was completely saturated. Once the fabric was wet, I made sure it was flat with no air bubbles. Now it was time to paint. I chose three colors of my fabric paints and watered them down. Their tutorial said to mix them 50/50.
Since the fabric is wet and the paint is watered down, they tend to flow into each other creating a pretty neat effect. Then it’s off to find some stuff to use as masks.
I’ve been saving soda and cat food pop tops for some future craft and thought they might work as masks. I also wanted to see how the can lid and that grill screen would work. Then I carried it out to the deck and waited for it to dry.
As you can see the screen was a very good mask. I think next time I’ll cover the whole piece of fabric with this screen. Loved it!
Here’s a close up of the top right flower made with the cat can pop tops.
I liked it too even though it’s real soft.
Here’s another one with different masks.
And here is how it turned out.
Even thought the butterflies are very subtle, I’d like to try another piece completely covered with butterflies. I might cut them out of metal for a better mask.
And closeup of the circles.
The last thing to do was to heat set the material.
What an easy and fun project. I will definitely be making more. I love that it’s a craft with supplies most of us have around the house. But I will warn you – it’s addicting. I see more sun prints in my future.