Sun Printing Fabric Paint Let the sun do the magic! Dala Sun Paints are the perfect paints to create customized colours and designs on fabric. Use your original fabric pieces for home decor projects like pillows, draperies, blanket throws as well as trendy fashion pieces such as t-shirts, bandanas, tote bags, and more. The colours are all mixable, so you're sure to find the colour you need for that extra accent piece you make yourself! PREPARING THE FABRIC: 1. Machine wash your fabric to remove sizing, then thoroughly dry and iron smooth. 2. Mix all colours (2 parts water to 1 part paint) in mixing tubs. Be sure to mix enough paint ahead of time! 3. Gather supplies: foam brushes, paints, salt, and any items to be used to create designs. SUN PAINTING PROCESS: Step 1: Spread fabric over a smooth waterproof board and wet it with clean water using a foam brush or spray bottle. Once wet, the material will 'stick' to the smooth, waterproof painting surface. Step 2: Apply the predominant colour first using a foam brush and long smooth painting strokes. Remember to leave unpainted (white) areas for the other colours. Apply the second colour (complimentary colour) using a clean foam brush. Apply the third colour (if desired). Apply it in the small white areas remaining and also in small areas on top of the other two colours. Step 3: To create designs, apply any pattern or item(s) that you want onto the fabric. Place the board, which includes your finished piece under the sun. Watch as the sun dries the fabric and magically prints the design onto the surface! Depending on the time of year, your location, the weather, etc. this step can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Step 4: You can check the progress by carefully lifting the corner of one of the paper patterns. Once you have reached the desired effects, simply remove all the patterns (natural and paper), and you're done! You only need to fix the colours by ironing the fabric for 2 to 3 minutes on the cotton setting. Your fabric is now ready to be used to create your very own, one of a kind item! TIPS: When mixing colours to match one's own home décor, it's best to create a custom colour in its concentrated state and then add the water once the colour is right. Proportions are 1 part colour to 2 parts water. Colours are very intense using this colour to water proportion. Make colours even brighter by reducing the water ratio. For pastel shades, increase the amount of water. Combining different colours can make beautiful designs. When combining colours, always test a sample piece first, to make your combination works for you! Using 100% white cotton fabric yields the brightest, truest colour saturation. A blend of cotton and synthetic (containing at least 50% cotton) will give you good results, but the colours will be less vibrant and the design not as resistant to washing. Sampling different types of fabrics with your Dala Sun Paint is the best way to find the result you are looking for. For best results, place the fabric on a smooth piece of plastic or a board covered with plastic to prepare and paint. This way, the board may be easily taken outdoors for the 'sun printing' to occur. For an easy solution, try taping a garbage bag to a solid piece of cardboard or plywood. Virtually an item will create an interesting design on the fabric…be creative! Try some of the these: Home items Notion Items Natural items Food items Coins Scissors Leaves Dried pasta Rubber Buttons Dried flowers Cereal bands Pens, pencils Lace Feathers Rice Cutlery Ruler Pinecones Salt Paperclips Thread Seashells What can I Create? Home Decor Ideas Craft & Fashion Ideas Tablecloth Greeting Cards Quilt Squares Sun Hat Cover Lampshades Cover Photo Albums Table Runners Cover Scrapbooks Curtains Scarves & Bandanas Cover Picture Frames T-Shirts Placemats Beach Cover-up Shower Curtains Sundress Napkins Beach Bag or Tote Throw Pillows Apron Bedding Baby Hat & Sunsuit SPECIAL TECHNIQUES: Crunching After applying paint to the fabric, crunch the entire piece up into a small bunch. Place in the sun and allow drying. The result is an interesting 'crackled' effect on the fabric. Salt Technique After applying paint and patterns to the fabric, sprinkle coarse Salt onto the piece. Allow the salt to remain until the fabric is completely dry. The salt will cause a 'mottled effect' giving the appearance of texture. It works nicely as a background for your design. To 'soften' the pattern of the salt try waiting for the fabric to partially dry before applying the salt. Rubber band Technique After applying the paint to the fabric, secure rubber bands around various small sections of fabric. This will result in interesting circular designs with crunchy lines. Tie Dye Effect Paint 'blotches' of colour rather then smooth strokes. Use 3 or more colours. Then apply the rubber band technique as mentioned above. Natural Items To get best results from leaves, flowers and plants, press the item between 2 heavy books to flatten it before using it for imprinting. If you want a 'softer' look use unpressed items. Personalizations To personalize an item cut out letters and spell a name or title on the piece. For example, on an apron: sun print 'Bob's Barbecue', or for a photo album, sun print 'The Smith's Wedding'. HELPFUL HINTS: To get more blending of the colours, apply more water to the fabric before painting. For less blending, apply less water or leave about 1/2-inch between colours. They will move together as they 'spread' across the wet fabric. Be sure to paint the entire surface with colour - areas remaining white will not print a design image. Normally the results are more favourable if 2 or 3 colours are used. Too many colours on the same piece may result in undesirable effects.
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