I come from a long line of sign writers and am happiest with a brush and some paint! Add
paint to fabric and I get really excited!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Even More Sun Printing!

I can’t seem to get enough of making sun prints! A little walk along my favorite beach yielded a nice size bag of gull feathers to use in creating more fabric this way.
In order to make the feathers lie flat on the fabric, I had to snap the quill, or shaft, in two or three places along the length. Even so, they balanced precariously in some spots.
I know if I add paint to the fabric, brushing over the feathers, they will stay in place a bit better. But, once I have painted my fabric, I hate to muck up my design and coloring, so I hesitate to do that. So, I snapped and pressed and tried to will the wind away. The feathers stayed down quite well on my first pieces, and I wandered off to do other things.
While I disappeared, a breeze started blowing and jostled some of the placements on the second batch. Once the fabric is dry, the opportunity for printing is lost, so they didn’t turn out quite as I had planned.

But, I liked the subtlety of the design and since these are only the first layer of many in my quest for complex cloth, I know I can work with the results. 

Today I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network. 


  1. I like the subtlety of the feathers and think they turned out great, even if the breeze didn't really cooperate!

  2. This looks like so much fun Jennifer. I LOVE these feathers... very nice process! Gorgeous fabrics!

  3. Marjorie HenwoodJuly 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    still looks great!! Pretty blue!

  4. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauJuly 24, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I do, too! I am going to try more with feathers though - I think there are lots of possibilities..

  5. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauJuly 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    It is lots of fun! Going to keep making more..every summer I seem to land on one technique and I think sun printing is this years.

  6. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauJuly 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Thanks, Marjorie!

  7. Fantastic results non the less!

  8. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauJuly 31, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Thanks so much, Regina! It is really fun and really addictive to do! Hope I get sun and time for more tomorrow..