Make Sandpaper Transfer Art Activity
With the help of some sandpaper, a piece of paper, crayons, and an iron, your child can create an exciting work of art. Sandpaper adds a unique texture to the finished creation, which can proudly be displayed in the home or a sunny window!
What You Need:
- Sketch paper and pencil
- Medium-grade sandpaper
- White drawing paper
What You Do:
- Invite your child to get out some sketch paper and a pencil and brainstorm interesting design ideas for his sandpaper transfer. Crayons are made from wax, and when heat is applied to wax, it melts!
- Once your child is happy with his design sketch, invite him to get out a sheet of medium-grade sandpaper. He can use a ruler to measure a 4" x 6" rectangle and then use scissors to cut it out, honing his measurement and cutting skills!
- Now invite your child to draw his design on the sandpaper using the crayons, encouraging him to press hard and cover all the sandpaper with crayon.
- It’s time to transfer! Get out an iron and allow it to heat for a couple of minutes.
- Invite your child to place the sandpaper on a work surface, or an ironing board crayon side up and position a sheet of white drawing paper over the top.
- Now he can gently go over the white paper pressing the iron over the crayon-covered sandpaper, which will melt the crayon and transfer the design! Be careful – the iron is hot!
- After a few seconds, invite your child to carefully remove the white drawing paper and see what has happened!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.