This week’s Unplugged Project theme was ocean. Not having anything in mind when I chose the theme (it was the first thing that popped into my head as I wrote last week’s post), I decided we should try an art technique that I have been wanting to experiment with for some time.
Well, my plans fell through a bit. The two oldest were invited to a sleepover tonight and the little one needed to go to bed, so I decided to go solo on this week’s Unplugged Project.
I am not sure what this is called, but I call it “sandpaper transfer.” It is super easy and produces really remarkable results!
All you need is sandpaper (I used a coarse grain and a fine grain to see what different results I would get), crayons (we have PLENTY of those), and an iron.
Draw a picture on the sandpaper and color it in with crayons. Of course I chose an ocean theme (plus sand is found by the ocean, so sandpaper fit the theme too, right?).
I drew a colorful fish on the coarsest grain of paper and a green/blue/brown artsy ocean wave scene on the finest grain. Be sure to press hard for best results.
The next step is the really exciting one! Place the sandpaper picture-side down on top of a sheet of paper (or cardstock, which I used). Iron over the top. It will only take one or two passes of the iron to transfer the image.
NOTE: Don’t iron too much or you might notice wax soaking through the sandpaper backing and onto your iron. Also, if you use paper rather than cardstock, I would recommend putting an old towel underneath the paper so melted wax doesn’t soak through onto your ironing board.
Peel off the sandpaper and you will “ooh and aah” over what you have produced!
This is the coarse-grained fish:
Here is the fine-grained ocean:
Quite different results.
These are very pretty on their own, or they would make a great backdrop for more coloring, collage, paint, stickers … anything you want!
If you did an ocean Unplugged Project this week, then thank you! Please link to your project post below. If you don’t have an ocean project to share, then please do not link. You can read more about how to join in here. Everyone is welcome, and the more Unplugged Projects we have, the more fun and inspirational it is for all of us!
The theme for next week’s Unplugged Project will be:
I don’t know what we’ll do yet. What would you do?
Have fun and please join in!