Sunprint Paper Kit Tutorial and Cyanotype Instructions

Last Updated on October 25, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Have you ever used a sunprint paper kit? Light makes the sunprint paper go through a chemical change. I wanted to share these cyanotype instructions with you since it’s such a neat process. 

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Sunprint Paper Kit

I’ve been doing a few more crafts lately both for gifts and to relax and this is something I really enjoyed. I love crafts that are simple and don’t require a lot of complicated steps like when I made my own cards.

My Sunprint paper kit contains 15 sheets of Sunprint paper and an acrylic sheet to place over the top of the paper to protect it. To create this craft, I also needed a piece of cardboard, water, and a few flat items to create my design. So, how does sunprint paper work?

Basically, the sun-sensitive paper is coated with light-sensitive chemicals that react to light waves and particles when exposed to light. When you place something on top of the paper, it blocks the sun.

This stops the color reaction change. The paper under that item will be white. The paper around the item will be blue. Water stops the process and fixes your images on the paper.

I wasn’t sure how well the Super Sunprint Paper Kit would work since March in Vermont is not known for sunshine. When you add to that the fact that we live in the woods with very little actual sunshine it becomes even more of an issue.

The directions say to leave it outside in the direct sunshine for one to five minutes. We had no direct sunshine anywhere in the forecast. So, I decided to do it on an overcast day and see how it worked.

I ended up having to leave it outside for a few hours to get it to change to white but it did eventually work. The directions say that you can place it in a sunny window inside if you have one of those as well.

When you bring it inside you run it under cold water to stop the process. Then let it dry. When I first took it out from under the water, it was a light blue. As the paper dried, it got darker so the design stood out more. I really like the of abstract design it left behind.

Pop Shop America Crafts

I received this cool paper in a craft kit I get every month from Pop Shop America that lets me try something new every month. It’s a great way to relax without the hassle of finding all the supplies you need at different stores.

You get everything you need to complete the craft in each shipment. I love that it’s a different type of craft each month. I cannot wait to see what I get next month.

If you enjoy DIY paper crafts, learn how to make paper flowers.

4 thoughts on “Sunprint Paper Kit Tutorial and Cyanotype Instructions”

  1. What a cool little kit. I love leaf and vine designs especially. Plenty of sunshine here for it to work, and easy to do right off my balcony. I like abstract designs too. Thanks for the post.
    • Thanks, Deb! I wish we had more sun. I am going to try it again in the summer when we have more sunshine. It really is pretty neat.

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