It was so much fun to get out and sun print this past weekend. I’ve done a lot of sun printing with botanicals, but this time I wanted to try a shibori technique. My friend, Lisa Chin, demonstrated this on her webinar, Creating Prayer Flags with Sun Shibori and Stencils. It’s on sale right now!
I knew about using shibori techniques in sun printing, but never tried it. If you aren’t familiar with shibori, it is a Japanese technique for ways of shaping cloth and securing it before it’s dyed.
I took two pieces of fabric and added glass pebbles under the fabric and secured them with rubber bands. Here they are after being painted and put in the sun. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of them before, although you can find a picture here. The red spots on the fabric are the rubber bands.
I was testing side-by-side these two paints for sun printing. I really like both and wanted to do a real test so I could make up my mind which I wanted to use in a sun printing class I’ll be teaching this month at Studio 4905 in Henderson, Kentucky. More about that later.
I used the same color, Violet, on both pieces and here are the results.
I really liked both of them, but the Dye-na-Flow piece went almost all the way back to white where it was tied. But the other piece I also like! I thought the test would convince me to quit using one or the other for sun printing, but it didn’t.
Besides sun shibori I compared the paints using a regular dyeing technique called scrunching. I absolutely love all of the texture in these pieces.
Some of the texture comes from sprinkling salt on the fabric before the paint was dry.
Then I went back to just playing with botanicals using Dye-na-Flow.
On this piece I put fives blades of maiden grass, asparagus ferns, Becky daisies, and Hydrangea flowers. I also sprinkled salt in different places on the fabric.
I let it set in the sun until it was dry.
I love seeing how the masks block out the sun resulting in a great pattern. On this one, I have a nice image of the daisy.
The finished piece
I can see this piece quilted. Now about the class, if you are in this area, I’ll be teaching a class on sun printing on Thursday, July 31 from 10 am to 2 pm at Studio 4905 in Henderson, Kentucky. Rain date is Thursday August 7. For more information, call Sherry Wilkerson at 270-869-4469 or contact her via her Facebook page. It’s going to be fun!!