September 10, 2011
A few days ago I wrote about my “failure” when sun printing. My paint was too light for the hand-dyed base fabric. But there were three successes the same day. I thought I’d share those here. In each piece, I used a multi-color hand dye. I especially like the green piece with ginko leaves. Thanks to my friend Jan for sharing a branch from her tree!
I was hoping to capture the feel of the scrub oak in fall when they (sometimes) turn a beautiful red. Unfortunately, the wind came up and blew off some of my leaves. But enough remained to create a pretty fabric.
Red is my favorite color, so no red fabric is a loss for me.
I don’t think I really appreciated how beautiful ginko leaves are until I saw this piece in it’s final form. The base hand dye was one I considered ugly. I always view those as an opportunity to do more to it to find the prince in the frog. I think I succeeded with this piece.
This hand dye was nice enough, but I had too many medallions and wanted to try one in sun printing. Over painted with green, I used cottonwood leaves, again contributed by my friend Jan. I am really pleased with the resulting fabric.
Sun printing over hand dyes is a lot of labor in one yard of fabric. But it’s fascinating to me what beautiful fabrics can be made.
I haven’t tried this technique inside. As the weather gets cooler, I probably will (when I’m now snow dyeing). Anyone have any information about sun printing without the sun? I’m also wondering what objects I can use other than leaves and salt. I did see some beautiful pieces made with cheese cloth. All comments appreciated.