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Playing with Light - Sunprint Kits

Believe it or not, Sunprint Kits have been around since 1975. Originally developed as a teaching tool by educators at the Lawrence Hall of Science on the UC Berkeley campus, the kits merge art and science with strikingly unique results. The kits' UV light sensitive paper is your blank canvas, which can be transformed with a few found objects and some sunlight. Easy, right?

Above are a few examples of what's possible with a Super Sunprint Kit.

To get started, we assembled some found objects to use for our silhouette, including a peacock feather, other random feathers, eucalyptus leaves, lichen moss and a brass key. You'll also need a piece of cardboard (not included), plus all the items in the kit.

The instructions on the back of the kit's packaging is very easy to follow! It's a no brainer.

The piece of acrylic is included.

Lay it out in this order: cardboard first, paper second, found object third and, lastly, the acrylic.

Expose to the sun until the paper is just about white.

Pour some water into a large dish.

Remove the paper from the sunlight and fully immerse in water for about one minute.

The finished product! The opportunities are endless, and it's equally fun for both kids and adults. Summer is coming to an end, so grab your Sunprint Kit here, and get started!

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