Sun Printing Maine
We arrived home Sunday from 2 glorious weeks in Maine. We spent one week on Sebec Lake near Dover-Foxcroft and one week at Acadia. The weather in Maine in August is a perfect break from the heat and humidity of Virginia. It gave my asthma a much-needed break. But I can't leave home without some projects. One of the projects that I took was sun printing supplies.
I wasn't sure I'd have a good place or good weather to do sun printing but I was prepared with everything I needed just in case and I was not disappointed! The camp on Sebec Lake was in a wooded area but also has a large cleared yard. I had plenty of sun and lots of plant material.
My first concern was to make sure that I didn't leave any evidence behind. I set up a plastic tablecloth for my work surface so that I didn't get one drop of paint on the ground.
I started by mixing some paints to try to make a palette. that didn't last very long because I ran out of these colors but wanted to keep printing. In the end I just mixed colors until I got tired of printing. I think I have about 2 ounces of paint left from about 12!
The fabric pieces are about 20" square because that's the size that worked for my print board. I only took one board so I set up my lawn chair nearby and I'd read a chapter or 2 of a Harry Bosch novel between each print session. It was a beautiful and relaxing day.
Ferns are some of the most fun things to print. The images are always really crisp.
Here are 15 of the 19 or 20 fabrics that I printed. I did a little of everything: leaves, ferns, pines boughs, grasses and acorns. It's a good mix of sharp and faded images. I'm going to use these to make a Maine quilt for us. It may just simple 8 or 10-inch squares or some variation of The Gift Quilt Pattern.
Now I have another UFO!
8/30/2017 11:18:04 am
I love it - all of them - what a great idea to take a long for a vacation trip if you know you will be able to do something like this - you can get many different kinds of leafs then your own area I bet.
8/31/2017 06:26:15 am
8/31/2017 08:23:03 am
Your sun prints look great. I need to try doing some with leaves- if we have some more sunny days.
Vicki in MN
8/31/2017 09:28:57 am
I always love seeing your sun printing! I keep wanting but not getting to it. Good to know about the ferns as we have a bunch of them;)
9/1/2017 08:49:44 am
Your sun printing and vacation sounds like a wonderful time. Next year you will be sun printing with keys - yes, I have got to get those in the mail to you.
9/6/2017 10:57:23 am
How fun! It all looks good.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.