Acrylic paint sun printing
A simple sun printing technique using fabric and diluted paint.
What you'll need
- cotton or calico (white or light coloured)
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
- clingfilm/waterproof fabric
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Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- source of natural materials
- disposal of paint
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- using paint
- using scissors
- Choose your acrylic paint colours and create some diluted solutions of paint/water. The process is more effective with a more dilute solution so aim to add just a tint to your water.
- Cut your fabric into squares or triangles for bunting
- Collect some natural materials - items with nice clear edges work well
- Cut some cardboard (bigger than the size of material you are working with) and cover with clingfilm or similar so the solution doesn't soak into the cardboard.
Step #1 Paint the fabric
Apply acrylic paint + water solution all over so that the fabric looks wet.
Paint the fabric first with water.
Play around and add different colours if you are feeling creative!
Step #2 Add natural materials
Making sure that your fabric is still wet, press the natural materials into the fabric so they lay flat and 'stick'.
You could press the natural materials first to ensure they are flat and to get a crisper print.
Step #3 Let the sun do its magic!
Leave out in the sun for up to an hour (depending on the intensity). If it is windy place in a box with low sides (to let the sun in and keep the wind out).
Peel off the natural materials and reveal your print! Amazing alchemy!
Take it further
- Use your printed fabric to make bunting, or sew patches together to make a sun print quilt!
- Use your natural materials to create landscapes or pictures of your favourite toys.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.