Friday, 12 July 2013

Sun Printing.

It's too hot for gardening but I have made the most of this lovely weather by following the instructions in Cas Holmes book for sun printing.   I just used seedheads from the garden plus one piece of fresh foliage which would have worked better had I pressed it first.   
These alium heads have definitely given the best result.

I could have used stronger colours on my fabric but was scared of being to heavy handed and making it look garish.   I used a spray of acquilegia seedheads plus a bit of something else - is it telima?
I quite like these ghostly patterns from the vetch type leaves.
This one is a bit too ghostly - again telima I think, if I have the right name.

Then I wondered about found objects and just used shapes.   These are precut Grungboard shapes - I love these swirls.
I inculded bits cut from a very grubby lace doily which might find it's way into a collograph plate one day.
As well as the sunprints I have ended up with some dyed lace ......
and these intriguing patterns which mysteriously found their way onto the foam board which was under a sheet of plastic!

We have a weekend guest who arrived just as I was having a breather.  She has brought her toys with her and is not impressed with people who need to rest their weary legs.   We'll go for a walk later when it is cooler - (she said hopefully).

12 comments:

Kat Mortensen said...

If you need any dandelions, give me a shout!

Kat Mortensen said...

P.S. Your guest will just have to wait!

Maggi said...

Lovely results. Why is the weather never quite right for gardening, not that I am complaining though!

Ro Bruhn said...

So glad you're getting some sunshine at last. Your prints are so delicate. Stencils also make great prints, especially on dark colours.

Virginia said...

Your lovely visitor looks like the type who will take as many 'walkies' as you can be cajoled into accompanying her on! Remember how good it is for your fitness, and you'll be rewarded by her boundless enthusiasm!

Carol Q said...

I have no idea how you did that Heather! what an effective technique, lovely delicate shadowy effect. phew.. it's hot - but I'm NOT complaining :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Some inventive stuff here Heather - don't let thatweek-end guest anywhere near it though.

Charlton Stitcher said...

These are so delicate. Sun printing as per Cas Holmes has been on my list of things to try since I heard her talk at the regional festival day of the Embroiderers' Guild.

Just a thought -why is my list of things to try so much longer than the time available to do them...?

Gina said...

What lovely results Heather. Ths is something I've never tried before.

sharon young said...

Such beautiful prints, Heather, I'm so jealous :-) I love the curves on your found object. I've got my canine visitor tomorrow it's great you get all the pleasure without the responsibility.

ferinn said...

Love the alliums Heather.Glad this weather has an 'up' side!

Linda said...

Sunprinting is a mystery to me....but your experiments look great! But I especially like that dyed lace...yum!
Have fun with your visitor :-) xx