Cyanotype Workshops

ONE DAY WORKSHOP

DATES
Saturday 18 April 2020
More information about dates below.

TIME
9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm

COSTS
New Students: $140 pp
Returning Students: $120 pp
Materials fee: $40 pp (all students)
Pensioners and Carers please contact me directly for pricing and bookings.

VENUE
Maleny

GROUP SIZE
Minimum 4 people
Maximum 8 people

Printmaking with cyanotype (aka sun prints) is an exciting photographic printing process. Sometimes results are predicable, sometimes they are not. We will work with the sun as our UV light source, and the sun and weather at the time will determine the intensity and sort of cyanotype prints we produce.

We’ll also discuss toning and staining cyanotypes, and how the process can be adapted to other surfaces like fabric and eggshells.

Whether you are new to cyanotype or printmaking, this is a great opportunity to work with a simple and exciting sun-printing medium.

The process we use is actually an alternative photographic process fast being adopted by printmakers. It was a process developed in 1842, and our approach in this workshop is much the same now as it was then.

Workshops and Students’ work

Learning Outcome

If you have never done any form of printmaking before, or think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, then this is a fun and easy way to loosen up and to re-connect with your creative side. By the time you finish this workshop you will be equipped with the skills to confidently continue to print with this process at home.

On the day we’ll discuss and work through:

  • mixing the cyanotype chemicals and coating our paper, ready for exposure. I’ll have some pre-coated paper ready to go too.
  • exposing our paper with sunlight, using found objects (flat and 3D), stencils, negatives and transparencies to create our images
  • options for toning cyanotypes

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

Inclusions

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 photo-printed designs
– tea and plunger coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea

Not Included

Everything you need for this workshop is included and provided.

If you have particular images and image elements that you want to work with, please bring them along. This could include photo negatives and/or images printed onto transparent film.

What to Bring

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.

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.

Safety

​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)

Booking/Payment

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.

What is Cyanotype?

Do you remember the old blueprints? Engineers, architects and draftsman used a photographic printing process that produced cyan-blue copies of drawings and plans, generally from an original image printed onto transparent film. That process was an adaptation of the original invention of the process by Sir John Herschel in 1842.

Printmaking with cyanotype puts a creative edge to the old blueprint concept. To achieve the chemical reaction and cyan-blue colouring, two chemicals are mixed (ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide), then exposed to UV light. Once exposed, the exposed material is washed in water to stop the chemical reaction.

In this workshop we will explore (sun)printing cyanotypes on paper, but the process can be adapted to fabric, eggshells, and just about any surface that will hold and absorb the chemical.

Some cyanotype play in progress

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

  • Recently attended a Cyanotype workshop and had an absolutely wonderful day. Kim gave easy to understand instructions, numerous examples of what to expect that attendees could feel, look at and discuss. There were ample things to try out and lots of space to move about easily. Kim was on hand with suggestions and answers and a plethora of information in follow up emails. Her studio is light and airy, easy to access and has beautiful views to enjoy whilst stopping for lunch.

    Em
    Em Caloundra
  • I will be back for more. I love how caring and giving you are as a tutor and provide such a non-competitive, non-judgemental play space.

    Roz
    Roz Toowoomba
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