Sun Printing Fabric Paint by alendar

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									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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