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Cyanoprint T shirts.

I absolutely love the colour of cyanoprints, I thought a couple of T shirts would be great to wear with jeans.

The T shirts were mordanted with alum and then the cyanoprint solution applied to the fabric, I put cardboard inside first. The plants were placed on top and glass laid on top.

After the prints developed I washed the T shirts, then dried and ironed them. I love how they turned out and couldn’t wait to wear them.

Having worn one of my T shirts I put it in the washing machine on a cool cycle. I was shocked when it came out looking like this.

What happened? I had a look on the internet and this could be down to not exposing long enough, or washing in detergent. I will handwash the other T shirt and see how it goes.

If you have any idea what went wrong I would love to know.

Not Eco Printing, It’s Cyanotypes!

While the sun was out I finally got round to doing more cyanotypes. I missed out last time it was sunny as I couldn’t find the cyanotype chemicals which I had put away somewhere in the studio.

When the next sunny spell happened I was determined to do some sun printing so I had a good rummage and found the chemicals eventually.

There’s lots of information on how to make a cyanotype prints on the internet but basically you mix two chemicals together, paint it on your substrate , lay plants (or whatever) on top with a piece of glass on top to ensure good contact, then leave it in the sun to develop the print.

I started with a couple of prints on paper.

Then I added some turmeric and washing up liquid bubbles to see how this affected my prints.

Next I decided to print on fabric, this one is on silk which was mordanted first with alum.

My favourite prints are on recycled cotton sheets and pillow cases. I hope to use some of these for textile art in the winter when I can sit in front of the log burner and stitch.

I also I tried combining eco printing with cyanotype technique, the results were interesting but I will show you those in another post.