The Sunprint Kit has been providing children, families, students, and artists with fun, learning and creative stimulation since 1975. Originally developed as a teaching tool by educators at the Lawrence Hall of Science on the UC Berkeley campus, sunprints are easy art projects and can also be used for science experiments; there are dozens of activities with step-by-step instructions.
Sunprinting is based on the cyanotype process, which has been used by artists since its development in the 19th century. Simply, arrange an object or objects on a piece of Sunprint paper out of reach of the sun. Next, place the acrylic pressing sheet on top to flatten and hold the items to the Sunprint paper. Take the Sunprint outside and lay it in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes. Rinse your Sunprint in water. Watch the white turn into blue and the blue turn into white. Finally, lay the Sunprint flat on an absorbent surface and allow it to dry. The outline of the objects that eclipse the sun’s light will show up in white, with the rest of the paper turning a vibrant Prussian Blue.
All proceeds from the sale of Sunprint Kits continue to aid the mission of the UCB Lawrence Hall of Science to inspire and foster the learning of science and mathematics for all. Sunprints have been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, on CBS and more.
The kit includes fifteen 8" x 12" sheets and an acrylic overlay.
Ages 3 through adult.