Monday, 29 June 2015
Solar Fast Dyes - Catching some rays
Jacquard Solar Fast dyes are used to create photograms, continuous tone photographs, shadow prints, and ombrès on fabric and paper. They develop their colour and become permanent upon exposure to UV light, most easily sourced from the summer sun.
How do Solar Fast Dyes work?
The dyes are activated when exposed to sunlight, this means that anything that blocks the light from reaching the fabric or paper will cause no colour change in the dye, much like the Cyanotype Blue Printing.
Designs do not have to be complex in order to achieve a brilliant effect. Children will have fun printing anything from keys and leaves, to nuts and bolts. The Solar Fast dyes are available in a wide range of colours, and when painted onto different tones of material can produce interesting results. Please note; anything placed on top of the Solar Fast dye must be as flat and level as possible. If printing in the early hours or in the evening, the sun will create a long shadow from the object and create a distorted, or blurry print.
Printing photographs with Solar Fast
Screen Printing with Solar Fast
Jacquard also offer a Solar Fast Thickener which when mixed with Solar Fast dye increases its viscosity to a point where it can be used with a printing screen. Experienced screen printers will love the different effects they can achieve using this in conjunction with other types of media.
Finishing your Print
Prints are permanent on both paper and fabric but textiles will need to be washed before they are worn or exposed to more sunlight. Use Solar Fast wash to remove the residue of undeveloped dye from prints to prevent the colours from running. This is especially important for preserving white areas and highlights.
You can learn more about how to use the Jacquard Solar Fast dyes from this PDF created by the manufacturer, and results for light exposure times for each colour can be viewed here.
Please visit the Light Sensitive Printing section of the George Weil website to get started with Solar Fast printing.