Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration



Sun Painting On Fabric With Nature  

There are special fabric paints that can create imprints of natural material on fabric with the help of the sun.

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This kind of fabric paint can be found at art and craft stores. Cotton fabric, such as tote bags and t-shirts, works best for this paint.  

Following the instructions on the container, you apply the paint on the fabric and then place leaves or flowers onto the fabric.

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The painted fabric with the plant material is put outside in direct sunlight for 30-45 min. Place small rocks on the plant material if it is windy outside. 

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After the fabric has been in the sun, remove the leaves and apply heat to the fabric, using an iron, for 2-3 minutes. The heat will help set the design so that it can be machine washed. 

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I used a tomato leaf from my tiny little garden for this sun painting project. The tomato leaf design is in celebration of my very first community garden plot.  I plan on matting and framing this fabric to create a beautiful picture to hang up on the wall.  

This project is a great way to bring your favorite plant material into your home using your creativity and imagination. This project would make a wonderful gift for someone using plant material from their own garden. Perhaps a natural design could be used in memory of someone special to you. This would be a fun activity for kids, creating their very own t-shirt designs using plant material they collected.

Happy Growing, 

Trina Alix 

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