Each week we are picking a new fall family fun activity to focus on with Luke. We’ve had lots of fun with great leaf projects and Jennie has some fabulous craft ideas for Thanksgiving coming up! This weekend we had fun with something a little different – ever heard of Nature Paper? We got some for about $5 for 15 small sheets of paper at United Art and Education we talked about previously located in West Chester. However you can easily buy this paper (usually cheaper!) online. You can compare prices at our aStore by clicking here – it’s a great idea for Christmas presents for kids if you want to get them something a little different!
What is Nature Paper? It is unique light-sensitive paper that exposes in direct sunlight to create white on blue prints. You can use any flat objects such as leaves, photo negatives, coins, cut-outs, lace, etc., when placed on the paper block the sun and provide the subject for the print. Although Julian did use his sunglasses on one piece and it made a pretty cool print with the shadows against the glasses so you can definitely get creative! The end result is a photographic-like image that requires no inks, presses, photo equipment, darkroom or chemicals. Exposure time is about 2-3 minutes (depending on the level of sunlight), then develop in water in seconds. It’s fast, safe and leaves no mess. Nature Print Paper is great for any age group and includes full, simple instructions that come with the paper.
The hubs and Luke had fun outside collecting “treasures” to use and this is a great learning opportunity to use with kids to teach them about patterns, colors, textures that they might see in nature. Here are some of the pictures of our experience using the nature paper: