Sun print fabric
USE THE SUN TO CREATE ONE- OF-A- KIND PRINTS
YOU WILL NEED: Photo-sensitive dye (you’ll find Inkodye in the Lumi kit) Fabric Large, sturdy piece of cardboard Rubbish bag Masking tape Foam brush Collected specimens or template
1 Create a work surface by wrapping your cardboard with the rubbish bag. Tape the fabric flat onto the board with masking tape.
2 Mix the Inkodye in a two parts dye/one part water ratio. In a dim room, away from direct sunlight, brush your dye over the surface of the fabric.
3 Arrange your collected leaves and grasses, or place your template onto the fabric. It’s easier to use plant specimens when they’re dry – you could lay Plexiglas on top to keep them flat.
4 Take your board outside, or place in front of a sunny window for 8 minutes or so. You’ll see the fabric instantly start to change colour. (You may want to try a strip test first to perfect timings.)
5 Take away from direct sunlight, remove the leaves and template and wash immediately in hot, soapy water. Give it a good scrub to help preserve the image. 6 Leave to dry, before ironing. The fabric can be machine washed and dried.
Grasses and flowers make free – and easily-sourced – printing templates. Just add sun