If I’m being totally honest, I selected the craft box from Pop Shop America because one of the samples in the listing was the Sunprint kit. You can’t select what comes in your subscription kits. Instead you get a different surprise every month. However I secretly hoped that maybe I would get the sun print kit at some point. Because -need I explain?- sun prints are so cool! It’s art! It’s science! Botanicals! Beauty!
Imagine my glee when I opened this month’s kit to find exactly that.
Now imagine my dismay that the skies were gloomy. Generally I don’t mind rainy days. Gloomy, gray days, with or without rain, don’t dampen my spirits either. This time was different. This time the weather was interfering with my craft! I finally decided that waiting for both good weather and my children to join me was too much. As soon as we got a bit of sun I dropped everything. (I have since discovered that it works in overcast days and even in sunny windowsills.)
It was totally worth it.
The sun print kit comes with special light-sensitive paper. When you place leaves or flowers or whatever you desire over the paper and set it in the sun, the parts of the paper exposed to the sun change colour. (Pop Shop America also includes several items you may use, including those I used in my example below.) This provides the image of whatever item you used in relief on the paper. It’s really a very simple craft. Anyone can do it. Even a toddler. The simplicity of the activity doesn’t take anything away from the beauty of the end result.
Simply place the object(s) on the paper and cover with the enclosed plexiglass (unless it’s a three-dimensional object of course.) The plexiglass is especially helpful if you’re working outside on a windy day, I discovered.
Wait until the sun turns the blue of the paper to white. Then take the paper inside and rinse with water.
Once dry the paper turns a lovely blue and whatever was covered when out in the sunlight is white. It’s like magic!
You’re limited only by your imagination in what you create with these sun prints. Likewise with what you do with the final product. I couldn’t resist making my first print into a notecard.