MAKE IT / 44

i am always looking for ideas for large scale art. it can be pretty pricey to invest in framed prints, so i went over some ideas with jessica on how we could create art for your home without a huge expense. sunprints! how cool to just walk outside and find your supplies in nature? and she even made pillows with the technique! (she is offering them in her etsy shop as well)

what you’ll need:

• 1/3 cup Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paint (we bought ours here) 2/3 cup Water
• Cotton or linen fabric: 3 ½ feet H x 2 ½ feet W
• Brush
• Cups for mixing
• Foliage (we pressed ours overnight to flatten because this makes a more distinct print)
• Plastic covered cardboard large enough for fabric
• 2 ½ foot ½” diameter dowel
• white paint
• string for hanging finished piece
• sun or a heat lamp

how to make it:

• Paint dowel white and drill holes 1” from either end.

• Wash fabric- you can leave it damp if you plan to make the print right away.

• Spread fabric on cardboard that has been covered with plastic. We used plastic sheeting, but for a smaller piece you could use a garbage bag.

• Wet fabric by brushing with water.  Any wrinkles or creases will show in finished print- we liked this effect but you could also wet fabric enough to make it completely smooth.

• Mix fabric paint with water and stir (2 parts water to 1 part paint.)

• Working quickly, paint fabric with loose, brushy strokes, leaving an irregular border.

• Arrange foliage on fabric, pressing it as close to the fabric as possible.

• Take piece outside and place in direct sunlight (A heat lamp inside will also work*) If it’s windy, use small rocks or pins to hold foliage in place.

• Allow fabric to dry- this will take around an hour but depends on the time of year and your location.

• Remove foliage and fix the colors by ironing for 2 to 3 minutes on the cotton setting.

• Fold one edge of fabric over 2” and sew a pocket for dowel.

• Thread string into dowel holes, knot either end, and hang.

* We experimented with using a heat lamp and the effects were different in interesting ways. The prints made with the sun were more atmospheric (blurry edges and ghost-like images) while the ones made under the heat lamp were more defined and graphic.

And check out these pillow covers we made as well! Our minds are spinning with ideas on what to make with this technique next. Are you going to give this one a shot?

project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve
more DIY projects here


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    Casey says:

    ah this is breathtaking! hopefully I’ll get a chance to make this soon! thanks so much for the tutorial x

    Kate says:

    Great way to make some wreath decorations without the messy clean-up too 🙂



    Vicki says:

    Really pretty results. I’ve done sun prints on paper, but cloth opens up whole new possibilities!

    this looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    ohh, so pretty! adding this to a never-ending list of diy projects i still need to attempt, haha.

    xo – http://www.lilyonfillmore.com

    Sarah says:

    These are so lovely, I’ve done them on paper before never fabric will need to try would be lovely as pillow cases

    maggie says:

    I LOVE this! How awesome! Seriously trying this out this weekend.

    Christina says:

    This process works well with cyanotype solution too!

    See instagram pic http://instagram.com/p/e5jpTMtuL5/

    Allison says:

    Hey! These look awesome. Also, can you tell us where you got that evil eye ring? So cute!

    PEARLSPEAK says:

    whoa, this is gorgeous. can’t wait to give it a go.

    jHill says:

    this could make a fantastic christmas photo background

    Rebecca says:

    Thats a really great idea really want to try it out! I have been looking for a project for one of my walls for awhile now.

    Hilde says:

    this looks awesome! would love to try this!

    Bailey says:

    What a great project! Never would have thought to do this.


    Lindsay says:

    I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the possibility of doing this project on a painted wall and if so how to modify the materials used. I’m thinking this would look amazing for my daughter’s bedroom….

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