|Two prints on linen with "Black" SolarFast paint. The fabric was light rosy pink to start.|
One of the topics on my list was sun printing. I've done some of that with Setacolor paints, with good success and I am going to experiment with that again. But Robbie, of the blog "Robbie's Paw Prints", and I had a short online chat about her experience with SolarFast paints as one way to solar print on fabric with plants (and other materials). (Thanks, Robbie!)
|Fern photo edited and converted to a negative on my computer (l) and the negative printing on Solarfast transparency film (r).|
|SolarFast paint and cotton fabric laid out on a foamcore sheet.|
|Spreading SolarFast paint on the fabric in a dim corner of my studio. This is supposed be the "Avocado" color.|
|Transparency negative immediately laid over the painted fabric, covered with plexiglass to keep it flat. I placed it in a sunny window.|
|Finished fabric, with transparency removed after 40 minutes. Still doesn't look like "Avocado" to me, but I like it.|
- the less intense the sunlight, the longer the material needs to be left to develop. (Five p.m. is rather late this time of year.)
- the colors of the SolarFast paint don't quite do what is expected. Be open to that.
- although I correctly placed my printed film ink-side up (it was the darker side on my film) to avoid dissolving the ink onto the fabric when developing, I left the plexiglass on it for awhile and some evaporative moisture on it caused a small amount of ink to come off on an edge of the film.
- the feel of the printed fabric is about the same as the original fabric. Can't wait to stitch on it!