This summer we are off to a bit of a slower start as we both had difficult winters and need some time to unwind and relax. A local friend, Terri, who we met at the Creative Arts Business Summit in March, came down on Monday to see our studio (umm…the garage) and to play a bit with us. We showed her what a thermofax screen is and how to print a screen. Otherwise, we chatted and caught up on all the things we have done since attending the summit.
Setting up the garage has taken some of our time and we have gone for a daily walk where we have spent some time collecting plant materials growing by the side of the road. So, yesterday we really got a start. It was a sunny day and we decided to begin with some sun printing. To sun print we use Pebeo Setacolor textile paint (available from PRO Chemical and Dye) which is a thin liquid, easy to brush on to a white or light colored fabric. We place the fabric on a piece of foam core board which has been covered with a plastic garbage bag or a piece of an old plastic table cloth, spray our fabric with plain water from a spray bottle and then brush on the Pebeo Setacolor paint completely covering the fabric surface.
Next comes deciding what you want to put on top to make the print and if you want a composition or something random. You want to be sure to place your items as flat as possible so that you don’t create a shadow with your print and it is best to plan to do this in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky creating fewer shadow opportunities.
Above, Sue is setting up her prints.
We cover the whole board with a piece of tulle, thumb tacked in place, to hold things down in case a breeze kicks up.
Put it in a sunny spot until the paint is dry, usually a couple of hours will do.
Elizabeth tried some other masks in addition to plants.