Thursday, 29 January 2009

scrap bags and sun prints

At our state guild meeting in December, one of the members was selling grocery bags full of scrap pieces. I got in early LOL, and bought this bag of batik scraps.



What a treasure trove it turned out to be! Many of the pieces were smallish but most were between 10" and 12" square-ish plus quite a few bigger than that. A lot looked as if they were originally shirts or pieces left over from making clothing. They were all cotton though. I'm very happy I bought it.



I tried sun printing for the first time just before Christmas. In the first photo I used Pebeo paints and love the way it turned out. Of course I poured too much out of the bottles so I watered it down a bit and used it to paint some small bits of white homespun. I chopped the ends of some fern fronds to use.



I used cheap acrylic paint for the fabric in the next photo. I thinned it down a bit and the colours are not so bright, but I still like it. I'll definitely be trying some more of this.




If you want to find out a bit about the process, here's some links:

http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/sun_paint.html

http://andrusgardensquilts.vox.com/library/post/indoor-sunprinting-mini-tutorial.html

http://www.andrusgardensquilts.com/view.php?cat=Sunprint%20Mini

2 comments:

Delia said...

Hi CAt I just love sun dying and want to get into it again this year. You never know what you are going to get out of it.
Such fun to do.
Your work is lovely.
Delia

catsmum said...

isn't sun printing just the BEST fun ?