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Featured Artist : Mary Copenhaver | SunSational Prints

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Hello, I am Mary Copenhaver, the owner/artist at SunSational Prints. I have been an avid quilter for a number of years, and my attraction to design and color led me to sun printing, in which I can create my own fabric prints. Sun printing (also known as sun painting or heliographic art) is a process in which photo-sensitive fabric paints are applied to moistened fabric. I exclusively use Setacolor Transparent Paints from Pebeo, which are available from Dharma Trading Co. Leaves, flowers, feathers, shells, stencils, or other objects are placed onto the wet, painted fabric. The fabric is then placed in the sun where the rays and heat set the color on the portion of the fabric that is exposed. The shadows of the objects are imprinted on the fabric.

I only use 100% cotton fabric; either Kona Cotton - PFD or cotton sateen for my creations. Both are available from Dharma Trading Company. Sun prints can be matted and framed or used for quilting, wall hangings, pillow covers, totes, table runners, wearable art, or other arts and crafts projects. A group of my sun prints have been selected by Robert Kaufman Fabrics ( for inclusion in their Fall 2007 fabric line.

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Dharma Products Used
Sun Painting (with Setacolor)
Sun Painting (with Setacolor)

Instructions on how to do sun painting (heliographics) with Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paints.

Setacolor Light Fabrics, Fluorescent & Glitter Colors
Setacolor Light Fabrics, Fluorescent & Glitter Colors

Medium to light consistency fabric paint. The Light Fabrics (Transparent) colors allow underlying colors to show through. Use on white or light colored fabrics. When thinned with water, they are great for Sunpainting, Serti Technique on silk, hassle free tie-dye, sp

Cotton Fabrics
Cotton Fabrics

Huge selection of blank white Cotton Fabrics by the bolt and by the yard. Heavily discounted fabrics with same day shipping!

Kona Cotton PFD 60"
Kona Cotton PFD 60"

A quilter's dream fabric, also good for soft children's clothing, comfy shirts and dresses.

Quilter's Cotton Sateen 45"
Quilter's Cotton Sateen 45"

This softer, finely woven fabric is used for lots more than just quilts!

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Example; adding 1 each of 12 different T-shirts in size Large should give you the 12+ price on all 12 shirts.

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