Sun printing on fabric lets you use the plants in your garden to create beautiful patterns, and the resulting fabric can be made into clothing or a framed work of art. We teach you how to make a cyanotype with step-by-step instructions.
Two things to remember: First, there are lots of fabrics (and plants!) to design with, so experiment with test fabrics to get a feel for how different types of plants will print; second, watch the weather! Plan around wind, clouds, and, of course, rain.
That said, all you need is a sunny day and several tools:
1. Sunprint fabric (I used charmeuse silk for my dress and framed print)
2. Plant cuttings
4. Foam core board
5. An iron
6. Plexiglass (optional), for holding the plants flat against the fabric
7. Thimble (optional), to help with pinning plants to the fabric
The sun print fabric is available from Blue Sunprints (www.bluesunprints.com), which sellscotton, silk, and paper sunprint material. The site features instructions, tips, and examples of sunprint projects.