Article: New craft: solar leaf print t-shirts: interesting

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Image New craft: solar leaf print t-shirts
By Lance Gardner on May 5, 2010

Here is a fun and easy project to try and it requires very little in materials with some very interesting results. I hope you give it a try and show us some creations of your own when you are done. Here is my model, showing off his latest in fall fashions designed by himself.

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ImageDutchlady1
May 4, 2010 7:38 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I would like to try this but was wondering if you have some more pictures to show.
ImageSharon
May 4, 2010 10:36 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Lance, nice article. And thanks for mentioning my input.

Actually the project was taught at one of our KY Dave's Garden Round Ups by Melody, who is one of my former art students from many years ago. It's a project that has been around for awhile, and very fun to do. I've also done something similar using white cotton t shirts and dyes in spray bottles. That's one of the most popular projects I taught, especially if we made our own dyes with plants.

Hetty, you asked for photos, here's the vest I did at the Round Up....

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ImageSharon
May 4, 2010 10:39 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
And here's a pair of jeans I did, here are the leaves that I placed on them.

I gave the jeans to my daughter and now I can't find a picture of the finished product...so, I have nothing to show you, except you can see the placement of leaves.

Maybe tomorrow Lance can show us some more photos.

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ImageZanymuse
May 4, 2010 10:56 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
What memories this brings back! Back in the 60's I don't think I owned a pair of denim bellbottoms that didn't have some sort of pattern made with bleach on them. In the late 70's I was the one showing my kids how to do this and before the week was out every kid in their school was sporting bleach designs on their t-shirts and jeans and by the mid nineties I had fun again showing my first granddaughter how to do it...hmmm I wonder when my first great grandchild will be conceived...it would be fun to pass it to yet another generation Big Grin
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ImageDutchlady1
May 5, 2010 4:07 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I know, I had major 'deja-vu' when a friend said one of her daughters is starting a tie-dye shop...... Hilarious!
ImageLance
May 5, 2010 7:40 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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I did not realize that the introduction photos did not expand like those in an article. Another detail to keep in mind for future articles! I have put 2 photos into the article, so you can see them a bit larger. Sorry, I did not take photos of the process, as I did not realize it would be such a hot item. Any more questions, feel free to ask.
And thank you for all of your interest.
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Imagestarlight1153
May 5, 2010 6:30 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks for sharing such a neat project Lance. I am going to give this a try especially since it sound s so much easier than trying to do the old fashioned tie-dye way.

Can you use fresh leaves or only dried ones?

Your model is a cutie too! : )
ImageLance
May 6, 2010 6:09 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you for reading the article - it is good to know there is some interest.
You can use anything that will block the bleach spray, so green leaves would be just fine. If you want to do the reverse printing with sticking an object wet with bleach on the shirt, then I suggest making sure what you use does not absorb too much of the spray, so it will transfer to the shirt. I hope it works well for you.
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