Harness the power of the sun to create wonderful prints on garments and fabric! This is a great activity for everyone from kids to serious artists, who doesn't love to get outside and make something?
Sun Painting or Heliographic Art is a process whereby certain fabric paints are applied to fabric and while still wet, objects like stencils, leafs, feathers etc are placed onto the wet fabric. It is then placed in the sun. The outlines of the objects are transferred to the fabric.
The first type of sunpainting is the application of paint to fabric and placing objects on top in bright sunlight while still wet to create a shadow effect with the paint. The sun dries the fabric that is uncovered and this wicks the paint out from under the objects on top. The second type of sunpainting is done with the application of light sensitive dye to fabric and placing objects or transperencies with negative images over the fabric. The sun activates the dyes and then the fabric is washed out to remove the dye from areas that were blocked by the design leaving white in those areas. This second technique can be used to create images with photographic detail, sometimes called cyanotype printing.