If there’s one thing we have lots of these days in Texas, it’s bright, hot, sunlight. It’s the perfect time for making sun prints! Today we tried out a small kit that came with everything we needed to make our very own sun photos.
The kit came with 12 sheets of light sensitive paper, some images to clip, and a great book with lots of interesting info. The kit box serves as the platform and the clear lid as a cover for your arrangement.
After you arrange your objects on the paper, you simply place it out in direct sunlight. The book said it would take a few minutes, but with the intensity of the August sunlight here, it only took about 30 seconds. If your young artists like instant gratification, this activity is sure to please!
After you expose your arrangement, the paper needs to be submerged in water with a few drops of lemon juice for a minute.
Then, you let it dry on a paper towel and the print develops in a few more minutes. The image turns white and the background turns darker blue. We tried some more nature objects, glass rocks, handwriting on a transparency, and even a photo printed on a transparency. It’s a lot of fun for kids to experiment with this! But you run out of your 12 sheets of sun print paper fast!
Ok, so the photo idea didn’t turn out like I had hoped. I probably should’ve changed it to black and white before I printed it. We loved the nature prints, though. I put the best ones together in a clip-frame and hung it up in the play room. I LOVE using the kid’s art in our home!
Off to try to make something for the Somerset Life newspaper challenge. Hope you’re having a great weekend!