Cyanotype Workshops

ONE DAY WORKSHOP

DATES
Saturday 19 June – FULL
Tuesday 10 August – FULL
Saturday 11 September – FULL
Email me to be added to the wait list for this workshop.

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

COST
Cost: $190-$210
(ALL materials included)
The workshop fee is a combination of:
TUITION FEE*
New Students – $160 pp ; or
Returning Students – $140 pp
plus MATERIALS FEE
All students – $50 pp
*Pensioners and Carers book as a Returning Student

VENUE
The Studio, North 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

  • Thank you Kim for sharing your knowledge and teaching us to have fun and experiment with this exciting process. I like the “ there is no right way or wrong way mantra”…… and any excuse to find another way to add more blue to my life/home. Endless possibilities buzzing around in my head!!

    Jill, Buderim
    Jill, Buderim Cyanotype
  • So much wonderful information from Kim and lots and lots of prepared pages for us to play. Such an enjoyable day. This is my second workshop and I plan to attend more. Kim is a wonderful teacher and the day is always bit informative and fun. Thoroughly recommend Kim.

    Jann, Caloundra
    Jann, Caloundra Cyanotype
  • I loved the process & found your teaching very clear & accessible. You made it very easy & so much fun. Love your workshops, really loved cyanotype & appreciate that you sell small batches of materials so we can continue to play before we commit to buying in bulk.

    Katie, Curramore
    Katie, Curramore Cyanotype
  • It was a lovely friendly learning environment. Kim is very giving of herself teaching and sharing with us as much as she can. I found the Cyanotype workshop inspiring and has filled me with heaps of ideas.

    Marjorie, Sunshine Coast
    Marjorie, Sunshine Coast Cyanotype Workshop
  • The instructor (Kim), was thorough, knowledgeable, organised and friendly. The entire experience was great, I came away with an abundance of new skills and the opportunity for ongoing support. Kim is generous of her time and knowledge.

    Cheryl, Doonan
    Cheryl, Doonan Cyanotype Workshop
  • "There was lots of very positive chatter about yesterday’s workshop and lots of envy from those who didn’t join us. Ingrid has already booked with you for later in the year. Kim you are a very generous and enormously talented tutor and your positive encouragement was much appreciated. Thank you from all of us." Jenny --- "Having never had an artistic flair I was worried I might have been out of my depth at the workshop. However, with Kim's enthusiasm and encouragement I was very pleased with my achievements. I found the process stimulating, rewarding and therapeutic and look forward to expanding my knowledge." Gloria  ---  "Just wanted to say a big thank you for sharing your talent with us today , I enjoyed the day and I am looking forward to continuing printing at home." Alison --- "Great experience. Highly recommended. Just learning something new and having different experiences is what life is all about. Treat yourself!" Julie

    Mah-jong Friends, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
    Mah-jong Friends, Buderim, Sunshine Coast Gelatin Plate Monoprinting
  • "Many thanks Kim for such a lovely day. Your workshops are the best. Such a well informed and generous teacher. See you at the Winter school." Chris  ---  "Thank you for your inspiration and generosity of information yesterday, I really enjoyed the learining experience and meeting with you" Joy

    Buderim Craft Cottge, Fibre Art & Surface Design Group
    Buderim Craft Cottge, Fibre Art & Surface Design Group Cyanotype Workshop
  • Kim is a great teacher and awesome artist. She covers everything so thoroughly and at the same time encourages us to experiment and embrace the surprises. This gives confidence to have a go without being stuck on ideas of perfection. With cyanotypes, its often the surprises which are the most beautiful. Kim is warm and generous with so much information. Her home studio is welcoming with inspiration everywhere. At the end of the workshop you feel absolutely empowered to go home and keep producing work.

    Luisa, Woodford
    Luisa, Woodford Cyanotype
  • I had a thoroughly enjoyable day doing Cyanotype with Kim as a total beginner to this technique I didn't really know what to expect. The workshop was well run with well paced information throughout the day without becoming overwhelming and lots of practical time making our own cyanotypes. I came away with the knowledge and confidence to continue this printing process and plenty of stimulating ideas to take it even further.

    Lee, Maleny
    Lee, Maleny Cyanotype
  • 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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