Swap-bot Time: January 31, 2023 12:40 pm

AMA: Faux Botanical Sun Print Postcard

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Group:Amazing Mail ART
Swap Coordinator:RockyBeach (contact)
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Number of people in swap:13
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:July 20, 2022
Date items must be sent by:August 31, 2022
Number of swap partners:1

Maybe you know botanical blue prints or Cyanotypes. They look great. The disadvantage of it: you need chemicals or special paper for it and it's limited to blue colour.

For this swap we're doing a easier version without special equipment. Only watercolourpaper, watercolours and some plant pieces are needed. You can mimic the prints while using wartercolours! With this you're not limited to use only blue colour.

I know this technique as "faux sun printing", maybe this has a different name.

Take the watercolour paper. Secure it with tape. Make the paper soaking wet. Apply watercolours. Put a piece of a plant on it. Let it dry in the sun. While this drying process the uncovered pieces dry up quicker than the covered parts. The pigments shift to the covered parts. It's important that you don't speed up the process with a blow-drier. Be patient!

EDIT / TIPP: after some test prints I can say: it's better not to let it dry in direct sunlight! It dries too fast, at least with the watercolour paper I've used. The results aren't great. I got better results while drying in a shady but warm place.

You can watch a Youtube Video here

Postcard can be any mailable size.

Please use a sturdy backing.

To be send naked (without envelope or any other protective cover sleeve- or ask your partner if it's ok to receive it with a cover sleeve).

Have fun!


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Shellyr 06/24/2022 #

Looks like a lot of fun!

wolfeagle 06/24/2022 #

Love this. Thank you for hosting it.

CookieMomster78 07/ 6/2022 #

This is a fantastic idea during the hot summer months. Love it! Thank you for sharing the fun 🤩

AliddaLawf 07/18/2022 #

This was lots of fun! I did it with my 11 year old granddaughter and the results are lovely! Thanks for hosting :)

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