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Do you know what SolarFast is?

By May 4, 2016No Comments


SolarFast is the fun and easy way to create prints and designs on natural fiber clothing and paper, with the power of the sun!

Here is how SolarFast’s manufacturer describes it:

SolarFast dyes are light-sensitive and only develop color and become permanent upon exposure to sunlight (UV). This unique property means SolarFast may be used to create remarkably detailed photographs, photograms and shadow-prints on paper or fabric by harnessing the power of the sun! Anything you place on the painted surface to block the light will create a print in a matter of minutes, whether that’s a solid object (toys, tools, plants, lace, etc.), a photographic negative (an image digitally printed onto a transparency) or shadow (from folds in the fabric or a 3D object).

SolarFast is also great for painting, tie dyeing, screen printing, stamping, batik and more—no heat setting, chemical or steam fixing necessary. The dye leaves fabric completely soft to the touch. On paper, SolarFast has zero relief and will not affect the texture of the surface whatsoever, making it a powerful tool for mixed-media arts.

SolarFast dyes natural fabrics without stiffening the material.  Use stencils, or just about anything to create unique designs and silhouettes.  Photographic negatives work great!  You can even draw and  paint it on directly with a brush!

SolarFast is activated by sunlight… SO easy!  Just apply the dye, create your design, and put in the sun! *

*After the material has been dyed, it must be rinsed in “SolarWash” to stop the dying process.


Check out this instructional video by SolarFast:


The possibilities are endless!

Want to try SolarFast?
Come to our
SolarFast Play-Date

on May 21st from 12 – 2pm!

Bring $10, your own natural fiber substrate (shirt, pants, scarf, etc.) and any stencils or objects you would like to use.  We’ll supply the rest! 

To register for this Play Date,
call Art Central at (805) 747-4200
or email us at

We had a great time at our Play-Date last year…

Don’t miss out on all the fun in the sun!!!