How to Make Your Own Glow-in-the-Dark Art

Take a break from watching your lava lamp, and have some freaky fun with phosphorescence. Inspired by the Instructables project: http://www.instructables.com/id/UV-Fun/

You will need

  • A pencil
  • Laundry detergent with whitener/brightener
  • A bucket
  • paintbrush
  • and water
  • A damp sponge
  • Two 18" fluorescent black light tubes with matching fixtures
  • Surge protector
  • A blank wall or other surface

Step 1 Pick your design Pick your design. Using a pencil, lightly trace an outline of the picture onto your wall.

Step 2 Prep your detergent Prep your detergent: If it’s a powder, mix it in the bucket with water until you get a paint-like consistency. If you’re working with a thicker liquid detergent, you may want to thin it with water to make it easier to spread.

Step 3 Paint Using your brush, paint the detergent mixture over your pencil marks. After the first coat is completely dry, apply a second coat to fill in any missed spots. Keep a damp sponge on hand to deal with drips and mistakes.

Step 4 Set up the lights Assemble your black lights—which are also known as UV lights and can be found online—in their fixtures. Plug them into a surge protector, and set them up on either side of your design.

Step 5 Turn off the light To achieve the most spectacular effect, make the room as dark as possible by drawing the curtains, shutting the door, and turning off the lights.

Step 6 Revel in your artistry Invite a few friends over, flip on the black lights, and revel in your awesome artistry.