I’ve posted before about sun-dying, but really how could you expect me to move to the desert and not post about such awesomeness? This time around, I decided to make some stellar tote bags instead of t-shirts. Here are a few of the results.
Method: Lots and lots of painter’s tape.
I used a negative transparency to develop a tortoise imprint.
The wording was created using painter’s tape and stencils.
The blue and black sun-dyes start out clear, but develop quickly.
Method: 8×11 Label & xacto-knife to create custom sticker stencil and painter’s tape
Negative transparencies enable details to develop.
The custom sticker/stencil creates a distinct outline.
Method: 8×11 Label and xacto-knife to create custom sticker stencil and a negative transparency to add depth/texture
I also experimented with a few fabric fragments:
No tape, no stickers, no negatives. Just sun. And dye.
The fabric you use makes a difference–my table runner produced the most vibrant colors this time around.
Method: Painting sponges
Once I had everything it place it was very important that nothing could move–not even the bag!
My found object experiment turned out great. I think I’ll frame it!
Method: Placed rocks & dried cholla cactus on previously-dyed (but undeveloped) fabric; the black garbage bag was very important because it prevented the sunlight from developing the white parts during transit.