Sunprint Alphabet Print

Sunprint Alphabet Print

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Carrie McBride
May 3, 2010

We love sunprint projects. Not only is the process fascinating, but there's something about that intense, cobalt blue that is so appealing. Eowyn was a fan of the sunprint silhouettes we showed you last month and came up with this terrific sunprint alphabet project. Find out how she did it:

Take it away, Eowyn!

So, I loooooved the sunprint silhouette from a few weeks ago and just had to make some of my 16 month old son. I was lucky to find 11x17 sunprint paper (Nature Print Paper) at my local art supply store and made several silhouettes. I had a lot of paper left and began thinking about what else I could do with it. I have drooled more than once over the lovely alphabet prints on Etsy but have been too cheap to shell out for one. Helllooooo alphabet refrigerator magnets!

Here's what I did:
1. Pin the paper to a sheet of cardboard at the corners with straight pins
2. Layout the magnets in a pleasing arrangement
3. Expose the whole thing to bright sunshine until the paper turns white
4. Rinse the paper in water
5. Let it dry flat (I put it on a folded up tea towel)
6. Press it in a big book for a few days to get the wrinkles out
7. Tada!

I really like how it turned out: how the shadows of the magnets were captured, how some of the magnets let some light through resulting in a darker letter, how you can see the actual magnets in some of the letters, the hodgepodge of fonts and case, and the gorgeous blue color. Maybe I'll frame it later, but for now it's just hanging by a paperclip from a shelf.

Having the alphabet up in my son's room is great! We sing the alphabet song while pointing out the letters and then point out the letters in his name!

A perfect project now that summer is around the corner! If you don't need an ABC print - how about a phrase or your child's name? There are all kinds of possibilities.

Thanks Eowyn!

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