Cyanotype Beyond the Basics Workshop


Saturday 11 May – FULL
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9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm

New Students: $250
Returning Students: $230
ALL materials included
*Pensioners and Carers pay as a Returning Student

The Studio, North Maleny

Minimum 4 people
Maximum 6 people

This workshop is about revisiting the cyanotype process and working beyond the basics of solid blue and white prints.

Bleach and tone cyanotype prints. Push the boundaries of photograms and wet cyanotype contact prints. Play and explore. Prior cyanotype experience essential.

I will share with you how I achieve my wet cyanotype results. We’ll explore bleaching and toning cyanotype prints and other ways you can push the boundaries of this sun-magic process.

Workshops and Students’ work

Learning Outcome

Prior experience creating blue and white cyanotype prints is essential for this workshop.

We will hit the ground running and create a long exposure at the very start of the workshop. Then, after a quick refresher about the process, we’ll discuss the opportunities and possibilities for the day.

There will be some pre-coated papers to get started, then you will be coating your own papers throughout the day.

I will share with you how I achieve the intense blue/rust results that I love to create, as well as ways of incorporating colour and mixed layered results in to your cyanotype prints.

We will bleach and tone old prints, maybe even applying another exposure layer. There are so many possibilities when you’re given some new ideas to push the blue and white boundaries.

You will be given handouts with material recommendations so you can continue at home, including where to buy the appropriate materials and chemicals.


All necessary materials for this workshop are covered in your Materials Fee.

– printmaking papers and cyanotype chemicals
– brushes, images and stencils and objects to create your sun-printed designs
– tea and coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea

What to Bring

Cyanotype prints. Bring prints you have previously created. We’ll use these to explore bleaching and toning prints.

Image making objects. We will use found objects, and I will have many objects and stencils for you to work with, but if you anything in particular that you want to work with, please bring them along.

Sunscreen and a hat – we will be spending some time in the sun, but there is shade on the verandah and prep work will be done in the studio.

A lightproof bag – it is possible that you may have a few sheets of pre-prepared paper left over after the workshop. You are welcome to take any unused paper in your kits home – but you will need a lightproof bag to put it into. In the past I have made my own bags using black ‘builders plastic’ that I bought from Bunnings.

Patience and a sense of wonder – there is an element of waiting as we watch our cyanotype prints develop in the sun; followed by wonder as we watch the magic of a process developed way back in 1842 create our blue sun prints.

Lunch. You can pop into town to buy lunch, but it is a few minutes drive and parking can be difficult (Maleny is a popular weekend destination). Therefore I recommend you bring your lunch and maximise the time you have printing and learning in the studio.

Bring a journal or notebook for taking notes during the workshop.


We will be using the UV (ultra violet) light c/o the sun as our exposure source. Bright sunny days and light or intermittent cloud cover are perfect conditions.

However, you can make cyanotype prints in almost any weather – cloud cover and rain just make for longer exposure times. Partly cloudy days are totally workable.

In the event that it ends up being a heavy rain day we may need to reschedule the workshop for another weekend. If it comes to that you will also be given the option of a refund.


​Participants are advised to wear closed in shoes, and suitable clothing or apron that you do not mind getting dirty or stained.

We won’t be handling dry chemicals on the day. The cyanotype solutions will be pre-prepared, and gloves will be available for when handling the paper and coating your own paper.

The chemicals we use are Ammonium ferric citrate (green), a yellow-green powder with a faint Ammonia-like odour. It is used in medicine and photography; and Potassium ferricyanide which has low toxicity, its main hazard being that it is a mild irritant to the eyes and skin.

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Book & Pay

To book your place in this workshop, please complete the booking form to the right.

Full payment is required to secure your booking. Payment can be made via PayPal or direct deposit.

If you cancel your workshop booking you may incur fees. Please read my cancellation policy here.

If a workshop does not reach the minimum numbers required, it may have to be cancelled. If this happens you will receive a full refund or an option to reschedule.

Once your booking form and payment has been received I will contact you to confirm you place and advise any special instructions.

About Dates and other options

If the dates noted above don’t suit you, or you would like private tuition or to book a private group workshop, this can be arranged. Please contact me and enquire about other date options that better suit you.

You can also sign up to my mailing list to be kept up to date about upcoming workshops dates and opportunities, plus tips, hints and ideas for your own printmaking practice. I will also include information about other local artist workshops in the Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland area.

Read what past students have said about this workshop

  • If you want to experiment with cyanotype beyond the basics, I highly recommend Kim's extension class. The day was full of new ideas and ways to adjust an image and extend our understanding of how it can be worked on again. I loved the 'I wonder what would happen if..." approach to altering part or all of the existing image using simple products found in the home. The exciting part is understanding that an image can be changed, adjusted and totally redone so easily.

    Virginia, Brisbane
    Virginia, Brisbane Cyanotype Extension Workshop
  • I learned a lot more about cyanotype and will be able to do very different works now. it was such a relaxed and fun day .... rain and shine ... and i loved seeing the variety of works which we produced. Kim is a very generous and knowledgeable tutor and I always enjoy her workshops.

    Jann, Caloundra
    Jann, Caloundra Cyanotype Extension Workshop
  • Kim is the best teacher I have worked with over many years, many modalities and many, many workshops. She presents the materials in a very logical, methodical way, gives great notes, and most importantly shares her passion for and joy in printmaking. Thank you

    Katie, Curramore
    Katie, Curramore Cyanotype Extension Workshop