Sun print fab­ric

USE THE SUN TO CRE­ATE ONE- OF-A- KIND PRINTS

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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

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