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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

diy: sun prints

I recently styled a photo shoot for young america, highlighting new additions to their "My Haven" youth bedroom furniture collection. 

I wanted to add some DIY decorative accents to the room scenes to inspire parents + kids to create their own one-of-a-kind decor.

So... to create an inspirational room for a sun-loving teen girl, I started by selecting a color palette of sea blues + greens...then I crafted some sun prints using elements from nature & sun print paper (Tedco 8"x10" Sun Art Paper Kit from amazon)

Here's the finished result...


solar prints

I framed the prints in white and added some dimension by incorporating umbra Loft Twig Wall Art purchased at Target. I also added beachy elements + a surfboard. The walls are painted in benjamin moore Sea Mist Green.


sun prints
{The completed room...Cool for any surf-lovin' girl.}
{Styled by patti borrelli &


The DIY how-to:

The sun art kit came with easy step-by-step instructions.  My first attempt flopped, but after reading the directions a little more carefully (& listening to my daughter's advice) I went to a "dark room" (my pantry) to place the items on the sun print paper & cover with the acrylic sheet.  I chose natural items like sea-stars, shells, stems & flowers. Then, I placed the paper in the sun for 5 minutes, removed the items & rinsed paper in cold water with a little lemon juice ... & wallah... magic.  The images appeared, crisp & clear.  I love the deep indigo color & the wispy shapes the branches, leaves & flowers create.

Here are some shots of the sun prints in the making...



first attempt failed. images were very faint.





solar prints sun prints DIY

2nd attempt- Success! images sharp & artful.


More detailed steps are posted on the young america blog.


...Here are two more images I found that show even more ways to display your very own DIY sun prints...

{via sweetpaulmag}



{via apartment therapy}


Here's to sunshine + more fun DIY projects on the horizon.

xo

patti





4 comments:

  1. Hey Patti!

    Our friend Michelle sent me over here, and WHERE HAVE I BEEN--sun prints? THESE are amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love having comments. :)

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  2. i love this idea! beautiful. I'd like to try it...donna

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  3. Love this idea. That room is absolutely beautiful. Love the wall color, too! Thanks for sharing the project and the name of the wall color!

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