3 Unusual Drawing Mediums

This summer we experimented with some art techniques which may seem pretty unconventional to some.  But they turned out to be pretty fun to use and made some neat looking art.

Spray-on sunblock works great with stencils!


First we tried using sunblock.  We got this idea from Sid the Science Kid.  Q-tips came in handy when drawing lines.  Wooden blocks can be used like stamps to make shapes.  Start early to give your piece some time to sit in the sun.  At the end of the day, you’ll see the portions of the colored paper not drawn on fade.


Baking Soda Slurry

Next, a baking soda slurry was made by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons water.  Preheat the oven to 325°F.  Then draw with the slurry as you would any painting.  Once you’re done painting, place your piece on a cookie sheet and let it bake on the middle rack for 10 minutes or until it “browns” to your liking.

Baking Soda Complete

Fresh Lemon Juice

I remember seeing this trick on Mr. Wizard’s World as a kid.  I’ve always wanted to try it and never did until now.  Squeeze fresh lemon juice on a Q-tip.  Draw on a picture or maybe make a secret note.  Then have a grownup use a hot iron to reveal your picture.  Pretty neat, huh?

Lemon Juice

Have fun!