For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer officially begins this Wednesday. We love to plan a special craft and snack to celebrate the summer solstice. This year we made some cheery sunshine monoprints to help us welcome summer. Making monoprints is one of my girls’ all-time favorite art techniques!

You won’t need a lot of supplies for this project, plus it’s a great one for kids of varying ages. Let’s get printing!

Supplies:

  • surface to paint on – tabletop, wax paper, freezer paper, or laminated place mats all work great
  • tempera paint (yellow and/or orange)
  • paint brush
  • Q-tips
  • paper for printing – we used 6″ squares of drawing paper

Set-up your painting area. We used freezer paper this time (shiny side up), but we have also done this right on the table many times. An upside-down cake pan works great, too.

Load your brush with paint – one color or more – and paint a circle. You want a nice layer of paint, but not too thick and blobby.

Now, use a Q-tip to draw designs on your sun. We tried zigzags, polka-dots, happy faces, wavy lines, spirals, and anything else we could think of. If you don’t like how your design looks, just smooth out the paint and start over!

When you are happy with your design, it’s time to make a print. Gently lay a piece of plain paper on top of your painted sun. To keep your design from smearing, we found that pressing or patting the paper worked better than rubbing. Lift your paper off and check out your sunny monoprint!

Continue making as many prints as you like. We just repainted our same circle and made new designs. The process of drawing and printing is kind of addicting, so be sure you have a big stack of plain paper ready to go.

For the finishing touch, we added rays with a combination of paint, crayons, and markers. The girls tried to make each sun unique, and I think they succeeded!

We decided to display our collection of sunshine monoprints on a banner. Punch two holes in the top of each print, and string them on ribbon or yarn. I love how cheerful and happy our banner looks.

Happy summer crafting!