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Mon 11

Sun Printing on Fabric with Memory Box Die Cuts
by Anne Thompson

Friday here in central Maine was a gorgeous day--sunny and warm with a breeze to keep the bugs at bay-- as I ventured north to Farmington for a sun printing lesson with artist Mary MacFarland.  In preparation, I die cut multiples of many Memory Box images from thick and thin white and black cardstocks. 

Here's what three of the pieces look like when finished.

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Mary provided a variety of fabrics to work with--cotton, linen, taffeta, and more--and a huge selection of pre-mixed translucent fabric paints.  We worked outdoors on a large picnic table in the shade.  I chose a fabric from my class packet (a scrap of old linen tablecloth), placed it on a piece of laminated board, and painted it however I wanted. I chose a kind of rainbow look for this one.  While it was still wet, I placed the SOARING BIRD die cut on the fabric and added more paint on top to help anchor it to the fabric.  I also sprinkled some kosher salt on the purple section.  Then I put the board in the sun to dry.

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I repeated this process several times, using a variety of fabrics, translucent fabric paint colors, and die cuts.  

Once they were dry, I peeled the fabrics off the boards and removed the paper die cuts.  Then I hung them on the clothesline with everyone else's until I had finished all of my pieces.

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The final step was to heat set them using a hot iron at the ironing station inside her studio.

This piece will hang on my porch with my prayer flags.

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Some of the other pieces will become pockets on garments  or may be incorporated into quilts or fabric wallhangings.  I may also over-paint on some of them with opaque fabric paints or add accents with fabric markers.

Here's a closeup of one where I used the FLORAL CLUSTER.

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There are many resources and specific directions online for sun printing both on fabric and on paper.  I remember years ago making sun prints with my students using those blue paper kits.  I'm thinking that may be my next sun printing adventure so I can use them on greeting cards.  Thanks, Mary!  

Happy Crafting!

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