Sun Printing Indoors with Lisa Chin – Quilting Daily

Example of sun printing by Lisa Chin

Hi there, I’m Brenna, your new Online Editor for Quilting Daily. I’ll give you more details about who I am and what we’ll be doing together on Thursday. There is just so much to talk about with Quilting Arts TV Series 1700, I can’t resist sharing a wonderful project from the show that features one of the great surface design techniques you may not have tried yet.

Did you know you can create a sun print inside on an overcast day? Neither did I! It turns out the heat of the sun–not necessarily light it emits–is responsible for creating the print on fabric. While it’s most fun for surface designers of all ages to watch the bright sunlight change their fabric, you can easily bring this process indoors during the cold and cloudy months as long as you have a warm place and some time on your hands.

Here are Lisa Chin’s instructions for Basic Sun Printing, with directions for printing indoors and outside:

1. Soak the fabric in water and squeeze out the excess so the fabric is only damp. Spread the damp fabric on the cookie sheet or plastic-covered board.

2. Put on the gloves. Mix 2 parts water to 1 part Pébéo Setacolor light or transparent fabric paint (found online or in art supply stores) in a small cup.

3. Using a foam brush, cover the fabric with the diluted paint.

4. Working somewhat quickly, place leaves, stencils, or masks on top of the fabric and set it in the sunshine until the fabric is dry. Note: If it’s a windy day, try placing a piece of plexiglass over the fabric after the masks have been set down to keep them from blowing away.

5. If the sun is not out or it is a cold day, the fabric can be placed under a desk lamp or on top of a heating pad indoors. The key is to have the fabric in a dry, warm area.

6. When the fabric is completely dry, remove the masks to reveal your sun print. Pébéo Setacolor paints are colorfast and washable so you can easily use them in your next project.

Lisa Chin and host Susan Bribaker Knapp
Lisa Chin and host Susan Brubaker Knapp

Watch Lisa Chin demonstrate this fun technique of painting on fabric and masking shapes to create unique fiber art in Quilting Arts TV Series 1700. Dive into new techniques, charming projects, and helpful hints with host Susan Brubaker Knapp and her amazing line-up of guests when you order the DVD or download the video today.Brenna's SignatureP.S. Have you ever tried sun printing inside? What advice would you give to someone attempting this technique for the first time? Leave a comment below to share your advice.

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