We are kicking off the Summer Day Camp Series with a project using Sun Paper. Creating these little masterpieces using items from around your home is easy to do. The kids will love seeing how shadows turn into art!
- Sun Art Paper
- Assorted Toys – Little Dolls, Tiny Cars, Tractors
- Plastic Letters or Letter Stickers
- Large piece of Cardboard, Tray or Box Lid
- Cutting board
- Accessible Water – Faucet or Hose
1. The best time to use Sun Paper is on an extremely bright sunny day with no wind. It will work best if the sun is at its highest point in the sky. You will get the best images that way because no large shadows will be cast off of the objects you lay on the paper.
2. Choose a piece of Sun Paper. Prepare your creation in an area where there is no direct sunlight. Lay the Sun Paper on a large piece of cardboard or on a tray (any portable flat surface). Quickly lay out all the pieces you want onto your Sun Paper.
2. Cover your design with a cutting board or piece of cardboard. You don’t want your art to be exposed to the sun until you have it laying flat and still.
3. Carefully take your covered box lid with your Sun Paper art outside.
4. Lift off the cover and keep it absolutely still while your Sun Paper is exposed to the sun’s light. The paper starts off a medium blue color as shown below.
5. When it is finished being exposed it will be a very light blue, almost white.
6. Cover it back up and take it inside. Pull the objects off the paper and you will see a shadow of what was on the paper.
7. Rinse the entire piece of Sun Paper with water. Squeegee excess water off by running the paper between your first two fingers. Lay the wet Sun Paper on a towel to dry.
8. When the Sun Paper is completely dry it will like very dark indigo blue. Now you can frame your art or glue the art to the front of blank cards.
Join us next week for another Summer Day Camp project. We love to read your comments, let us know if you have tried out a Summer Day Camp project from this year or a previous year.