The Rain Stops Play with Jacquard Dye-na-flow

Heliographic or Sun PrintingAttempt two of the Jacquard Dye-na-flow Sun Printing test was scuppered when, once again, the sun became swallowed up by rain clouds. I first discovered the technique of heliographic sun printing when Pebeo brought out their Setacolor Soleil paints and I was given the opportunity to test them with my children.

This image (right) shows a print we created by placing keys on the wet painted fabric. In sun printing the colour disappears from areas obscured from the sunshine by a stencil or object.


Pebeo are now discontinuing Setacolor Soleil. I decided to test the Jacquard Dye-na-flow paints to see if they are equally effective. I first sprayed my fabric with water before painting one side in Scarlet and the other side in Golden Yellow. You can see how sunny it was by the darkness of the shadow cast by the paint jars.

Sun printing with Jacquard Dye-na-flow

I then placed four pieces of net curtain onto the fabric. The stencil needs to be both flat and opaque. This is so that it does not let any light through or cast shadows. It is important to work as quickly as possible as the colours ‘bleach’ out while the fabric is still damp.

Blocking sunlight from reaching the Dye-na-Flow


Shortly after I took this photo, the sun was kidnapped and the experiment ended. There was a small amount of fade behind the flower shapes but not as much as if the sun had stayed out.

All is not lost, the opportunity to use the Jacquard Dye-na-flow paints demonstrated the brilliance of these colours and their fluidity. They are ideal for painting onto silk and finely woven fabrics. They become wash fast when heat set with an iron.

Visit the Light Sensitive Printing section of the website to find out more.

Sun printing attempt

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