Well not so much dyeing as painting! As the sun was so strong and the temperatures so high yesterday I thought it was an ideal time to get a quick result from sun dyeing.~
The first step was to dampen and then paint with silk paints a piece of linen and a piece of habotai silk. I used some droppers to sprinkle the paint on for this too. I had already gathered some plant material and broken up a metal butterfly necklace and quickly placed these on the fabrics (which were sitting on waxed paper on a board). I then carfeully took the board out into the garden and left it in full sun. The temptation is to fiddle with the masks to see what's happening but it's best to go and do something else and forget about it for a while.~
The fabrics did start to dry very quickly and you can see some of the plants shrivelling up as they dried out and starting to reveal the light areas beneath. Once I was sure the fabric was completely dry I removed the masks and this is what I found:~
This is the linen which had lavender, geranium leaves and geranium flowers placed on it.~
This is the beautiful silk which had the butterflies, lavender and geranium leaves on it and some geranium seedheads. I am so pleased with this piece. Both pieces just need to be ironed to heat set the paints.~
It's great fun making your own designs in this way. I don't think you actually need the sun to get a result, just paint your fabric and put your chosen items on it while the paint is wet. I have tried it will solid shapes and soft shapes and you get some lovely effects. I haven't tried it on paper yet but I suspect the effect might be different. I've got some more ideas for resists but I may have to wait a few days for the sun to come back as we are promised rain for the next few days. Thank goodness! I don't do well in the heat.
PS If you click on the 'sunprinting' label it will bring up the sunprinting I did last year.