Design your own unique wall hanging using a photo negative, the sun, and Lumi's Photo Printing Kit from Create and Craft USA.
Show off your vacation photos, one-of-a-kind designs, and more with this fresh approach to traditional screen printing.
Place fabric over the black foam board that comes with the Lumi kit.
Secure the fabric to the board with thumbtacks, one at each corner.
Shake the Inkodye pack to mix the dye
Bend the Inkodye pack in half until it snaps and squeeze the dye out onto your fabric
Use the Inkodye pack to to move the dye around your designated pattern area on the fabric.
Use a paper towel to blot away any excess dye, this will help your piece to dye evenly.
Secure your negative to your fabric, on top of your dyeing area, using thin straight pins.
Leave your piece in direct sunlight for about 12 minutes. If it’s a cloudy day, leave the piece out for 20-30 minutes. Pull up a corner of the negative to test the transfer before you remove the negative from your fabric.
Wash your piece using the special detergent that comes with the Lumi kit. Dry and then iron your piece (on the wrong side). Then stretch your fabric across a 12x12in piece of corkboard and use staples or tacks to secure in the back.
Troubleshooting Lumi Negative Printing:
-The Lumi transparencies are 8.5in x 8.5in, we recommend sizing down your image to print to about 8x8 or smaller to leave a border around the transparency to insure proper printing.
-In Photoshop (or another photo editing tool), load the photo you wish to use and remove the color by selecting the black and white option, then invert the image to make it look like a negative.
-Print the image on a standard sheet of paper.
-Use washi tape or blue painters tape to adhere the Lumi transparency to the sheet of paper, covering the area where your image printed. This insures that the image prints onto the transparency.
-Place the sheet of paper with the transparency taped to it into the printer paper loader and print the image.
-Remove the transparency from the paper and clean off remaining washi/painters tape.