All the Sun Stains pre orders have now been sent out, so if you haven’t already got yours, it should be with you soon. Although there are instructions on the back, we thought it would be helpful to give you a bit more information and maybe some ideas if you’re feeling a bit stuck! The artwork for the release is a completely blank sheet of Sunography paper, allowing you to create your own Sun Stained artwork.
1. I’d say the most important thing to do, is to make sure you have everything you need, the second the sunlight hits that paper it’s going to start developing. It may be a good idea to prepare all your stuff inside in a dark room. If it’s windy you may want to blu tac down the paper or possibly cover it all in cling film. We’ve provided a couple of Stencils that you can use or ignore, in one of our test prints shown above we found some dead flowers and held them over the sheet. The limit is your own creativity.
2. You will also need to prepare a dish of water for dipping the print in after development (this helps seal the image)
3. When you have everything ready, place artwork in direct sunlight and wait for 2 minutes, times will vary depending on intensity of sun.
4. After the 2 minutes is up protect print from direct Sun and soak in the aforementioned container of tap water for about a minute.
5. Remove paper and dry in direct sunlight (the image should sharpen during this time)
These are just the instructions from the supplier and don’t worry about trying to follow them too closely. I’ve had success developing images over an hour or two on a windowsill on a rainy afternoon. This all feels a bit Art Attack, but we’d love to see what you come up with, please post a photo on our Facebook if you make something cool. If you’re stuck for ideas…why not try recreating one of your favourite album covers in Sunography form? Cutting out some patterns and laying them on top of the paper? Try developing a photo that’s been printed onto acetate? Use an old Xray? The possibilities are endless!
Good luck and enjoy the EP, it’s truely something special.