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Sun painting

on July 1, 2012

I love the sunshine. And painting.  Sunshine and paint are solace for a harried soul.  This works by having a laundered piece of 100 % cotton fabric (so that any sizing from manufacture is removed) that you saturate with a diluted mixture of transparent acrylic paint.  I like the Delta brand.  I’m sure there’s an exact recipe for the dilution somewhere in the ether, but I kind of eyeball it. Spread the saturated fabric on a flat surface in the direct sun.  This works best on a wind-less day, and I usually protect the surface with freezer or waxed paper. As tempting and handy as newspaper may be, do not use it or it will stick to the fabric as it dries.  Lay an item on top of the fabric and smooth down.  Here I’ve used a crocheted mandala vest I made last winter, but you can also use leaves, doilies, paper snowflakes-anything that has an interesting shape/pattern and will lie flat.  Once dried, peel or lift off the imprint item and you have a beautiful design.  I’ve used these in quilts and they’re also cool to embellish with decorative sewing.  My work for the day is done 🙂ImageImage


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