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Painting with sunlight

I’ve been playing with dyes and sunlight printing this week. I love it – so easy and so effective – for those of you who asked for instructions and more details here are just some quick guidelines.

You need:

white cotton or calico fabric

Dye na flow paints  – lots of different colours available see the photo in the side bar which will take you directly to this on Amazon

Flat surface (covered as it will mark)

leaves, flowers or any object that will lay flat

paint brush

water

sunlight!

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Rosa – aged six created this by herself

Instructions:

wash your fabric – (gets rid of chemicals and allows paint to absorb better)

cut fabric to size and wet

squeeze out excess water (but it still needs to be wet)

Place onto a flat (protected) surface

Paint with as may colours as you want – more than one is effective but you can get some colours from plants (dandelion heads leave a yellow mark)

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place your leaves onto the wet fabric and press them into the paint with your finger tips

leave in bright sunlight to dry

carefully peel off the leaves

iron to seal the colours

 

Notes:

some colours work better than others – pink on its own very pale but pink and blue mixture is stronger

Burnt umber is v effective

Fern type leaves are an excellent choice as they add detail

There are no ‘rules’ just play!

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It’s worth allowing children to play – Tommy threw a pile of grass onto his picture so I left it – it really worked!

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Let me know how you get on x

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A day for me

Following on from yesterday’s post about recharging batteries, I’ve had a day for me today. Tony is off  working as a  Ranger and walking the hills so I decided it was time to do lots of jobs that I have been thinking about. My printer has been playing up big style and had reached the point where it was wasting so much paper I knew I had to get a new one. I’ve always had HP printers and the last one was an A3 printer. I’ve decided it’s not cost effective to print A3 at home so now order these on line. I spent some time with the rep at PC world – he was an Epson rep and obviously had a job to do but what he explained made sense. I spend a fortune on printer ink – I think a huge chunk of my tax return last year said printer ink! My new printer was pricey but has an eco tank and the ink comes in bottles. The ink is cheaper and claims to last for more pages – I will let you know! The quality is impressive – I was concerned as I frame a lot of prints but so far it’s looking good. I can even print wireless from my phone – so that’s hundreds more photos of Tommy for the fridge then.

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I’ve also been playing with ‘Hapa Zome’ and printing flowers! This is addictive so be warned! I wanted to use these images with textiles and mixed media so bought a sewing machine yesterday – it’s ages since I had one and I’ve only had a quick play . I’m hoping to make cards and gift tags to begin with.

JMH_9993      Playing with different flowers and materials produces different effects

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I’ve set up pinterest boards for textiles art and Hapa zome – Inspiration from nature.

Pinterest textiles art

Pinterest – hapa zome – painting with flowers

I’m now off for a coffee and a look through my button and bead box to see what I can add to these (admittedly amateur) first attempts x