Cyanotype Workshops

ONE DAY WORKSHOP

DATES
Sunday 9 August 2020 – FULL
Sat 12 Sept 2020 – FULL
Sat 10 October 2020 – FULL
Tuesday 17 November – FULL
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– More information about dates below.
– Want to book a Private Group?

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 6 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, lace and other objects 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 sun-printed designs
– tea and coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea

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.

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.

Weather

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.

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)

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.

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

  • A sense of excitement begins right at the beginning of the first announcements, followed by the pre-workshop information about what to bring and what to expect. Following this build-up, one is ready to step into the studio and be carried away in this new experience. Everything has been thought through so carefully and is reflected in the materials and notes waiting at each participant's work space. The studio is light and airy, with tea and coffee available all day. We start on time and work our way through the day - I like the initial information - what we're going to do/achieve, and how we're gong to do it. There are always plenty of notes/lists of resources, materials/and more - everything one needs to know to keep going once we leave for home. I like the pace, your delivery style and your roving - ready to comment or assist everyone who needs it, and all in a positive relaxed manner. Everything rolled smoothly along - your organisation is superb, seamless, from the studio instruction, out to the garden, back again, and into the dark room. It was so good to see the intensity of each person working through these new experiences, and sharing this joy with each other. Finally, I thought the experience of looking at other artists' work was a really nice wind up -something to strive for, and by this time we really had an appreciation of how these artists were achieving their results. By the end of the day I felt I had some skills to develop at home. And you left us in the security that you are always happy to help if we have further questions.

    Janene, Brisbane
    Janene, Brisbane Cyanotype Workshop
  • I thoroughly enjoyed attending Kim’s Cyanotype workshop. The weather tried to conspire against us, however there was still enough sun to achieve good results. Also learned that the weather doesn’t need to be sunny to achieve a result. I will putting these skills to use in the near future.

    CD, Bribane
    CD, Bribane Cyanotype
  • I participated in Kim’s Cyanotype workshop, and was new to the process. Despite bad weather, Kim was adaptable, and extremely well prepared. There was a great mix of theory, show and tell, and hands on experimentation. Highly recommended!

    Robyn, North of Brisbane
    Robyn, North of Brisbane Cyanotype
  • Our Visual Art teaching staff have highly enjoyed the fantastic Cyanotype workshop with Kim. We had a wonderful day learning and experimenting with this technique. I would strongly recommend her workshops for art teachers, artists and also beginners. Kim is very warm host who is only too happy to provide knowledge of skills, resources and materials. She was able to encourage us to be in their innermost creative and mindful zones.

    Elizabeth Clout, Nambour State College
    Elizabeth Clout, Nambour State College Cyanotype Workshop
  • 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, Toowoomba
    Roz, Toowoomba Cyanotype 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, Caloundra
    Em, Caloundra Cyanotype Workshop
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