We collected things from nature that we thought would make an interesting pattern and arranged them before we were able to use the paper.
We then working quickly to assemble our treasures on the paper and put them outside for the sun to work it's magic. We knew the sun had made changes when the paper turned white. We could see it happening as soon as we put our work outside.
Sun prints take two.
That being said, we had to try to use the suns power in a similar way using different materials. Some of the questions we had were, would the sun be able to make prints on fabric? What if we used things we already had? Could we use the same leaves that we had used before? How would letters work?
We used watered down textile ink and chose either one or two colours to wash over our wet fabric.
Some of us preferred the washed effect while others drew definite lines with their ink to create very different looks.
We noticed that the sun wanted to dry our fabric so we worked quickly to keep it wet.
What was the difference between the sun prints and our textile ink prints?
We noticed that softer leaves that sat really flat on the fabric seemed to work best. Harder leaves and leaves that were dead didn't leave an impression.
In our sun prints skeleton leaves gave a beautiful effect but we couldn't see the imprint on these prints.
Was this due to the suns energy or something else?
Have you seen our fantastic Haiku's and collages in class? If not come in and have a look, they are very clever.