Friday, June 30, 2006

KSK bag - the materials

Finally - some pictures! I figured out how to recharge my digital camera without its recharger.

My KSK pal uses canvas book bags to carry around her projects, so I thought it'd be fun to make one using canvas dyed with Sun Paint. Then I decided I would line the bag and include lots of knitter-friendly pockets.

Here are (most) of the materials:

Today I cut out the fabric and did me some sun painting, using Pebeo Setacolor Soleil. (If you go to their website, click on Product Catalog to find the Soleil paint. Here in the U.S. you can find the paint at Michael's Crafts, and I'm sure other places, too.) It's a photosensitive pigment. You paint the fabric inside the house, place masks (objects to block the sun) wherever you like, take the fabric to a sunny spot in your yard and then wait for it to dry. As it dries, anything covered with a mask will fade dramatically, sometimes back to white. If the edges of your mask curl up, or you place a 3D object (like a flower, or leaf, or stick) on the fabric, the image will end up looking somewhat 3D because of the way light bends around the object as it dries.

Here is the fabric while we painted it (I got help from Sophia):

Here it is with its masks, out in the sun:

And here it is, unmasked.

Note: the white strip doesn't exist in reality. I needed to block out the blog name of my KSK pal, in case she sees this.


Dave said...

I'd never heard of sun paint before -- very cool!

Abigail 1870 pearl said...

The paint job is fantastic. Oh, I do hope I'm your pal:D

Sherry W said...

That's so pretty!!!