How It's Done:
Creating these prints, you're witnessing the power of ultraviolet (UV) rays -- the same rays of sunlight that can burn unprotected skin. When the light hits the exposed areas of the construction paper, the UV rays cause a chemical reaction in the paper's colored dye. This reaction breaks down the dye and diminishes its brightness.
Fun Stuff to Print:
Take It Further:
Use this technique to make a leaf journal. Collect various leaves in your area, make sun prints, and staple the sheets together. Write identifying captions.
Originally published in the August 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.