Saturday, June 11, 2011

sunprints on my heart.

Every day I see the weeds that need pulling out in the back yard! Eeeeek! They grow bigger by the minute.


Who knew that those weeds could create beautiful art though?! I might as well put them to use until I can get out there this weekend and pull, pull, pull!

I was so ecstatic to find a art supply from my yesteryear at the craft store last week! Did you ever Sunprint as a kid?
I splurged on a large pack, and brought them home for the boys to create with. Weeds can create gorgeous:

I really like my younger son's:

But then, of course I had to have a turn! In a streak of inspiration, I ran to where I keep my old photo negatives (from a pre-digital age!) and with a little sun, I was developing old memories-- in my kitchen sink!

Of course, I completely took over the activity, and while the children had long lost interest, I was still out in the sunshine, arranging, checking, and watching my photos appear like magic.

I have no idea what I am going to do with the pages and pages of blue print photo negatives, the old photos from our first trip to Washington DC, the photos of the boys in their strollers, and emerging photographs from my first dabble with artistic photography-- but, they are mine, and I am in:

I'll let you know what I come up with soon!


Blissful Babe said...

How fun!!

Lisa said...

Cool! Maybe use them as scrapbook pages??

hope said...

Please do!!! (Tell us what you do with them, I mean!)

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Yippee! I love seeing this activity! I just bought some of that paper (okay, a few weeks ago) and it's been patiently waiting for summer break. Thanks for the reminder to get it out and use it! Do you think the pictures are framing quality? I was hoping to come up with pretty prints to frame. Can't wait to see what you do!

Brian and Staci said...

So cooool!!!!

Emily said...

@Astrid, they could be framed for sure. If you decide to try, resist the temptation to check them like I did... They should be in direct sun for at least 20 minutes--- maybe more!

Eve said...

I used to have a lot of fun with sun printing as a kid. I didn't know the paper was still available for purchase. I'll have to keep my eyes open for a pack or two - what a great summer activity!
It never would have occurred to me that negatives would show up so well... I can hardly wait to give that a try! :)