Sun prints in colour!
SolarFast dyes only develop color and become permanent upon exposure to sunlight (UV). This unique property means it may be used to create remarkably detailed photographs, photograms, and shadow-prints on paper or fabric by harnessing the power of the sun! Anything you place on the painted surface to block the light will create a printed impression in a matter of minutes, whether a solid object (toys, tools, plants, lace, etc.), a photographic negative (an image digitally printed onto a transparency)* or shadow (from folds in the fabric or a 3D object). SolarFast dyes are also great for painting, tie dyeing, screen printing, stamping, batik, and more—no heat setting, chemical, or steam fixing necessary. The dye leaves fabric completely soft to the touch. On paper, it has zero relief and will not affect the texture of the surface whatsoever, making it a powerful tool for mixed-media arts.
How is it used?
- Apply SolarFast to fabric or paper using a brush, sponge, brayer or squeegee. While still damp, expose the design to sunlight and watch the color magically appear!
- Place objects on the coated surface prior to exposure to block development and create photograms. Any object that casts a shadow will create an image.
- Use a film negative to create permanent photographs on paper or fabric. Prints are washable and lightfast.
Download Printable Instructions
- Step Wedge and Instructions [pdf]
- Exposure and Color Details [pdf]
- FAQ / Troubleshooting [pdf]
- SolarFast vs Cyanotype [pdf]
- How To Print A Good Negative [pdf]
- Tips and Tricks [pdf]
- Quick Start Guide [pdf]
- Negative Generator– easily transform any image into a film negative
Arlene Westen, Sponsored Instructor of The Paint Spot