Create beautiful sun prints of botanical subjects, known as cyanotypes. This is a photographic printing process, known as a blueprint, developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842 using light-sensitive iron salts which turn blue in sunlight.
On Day 1 you will create traditional cyanotypes using botanical objects such as leaves and flowers (or other items you bring). You will learn the complete process from mixing the chemicals, coating the paper, UV light exposure & washing out to develop the image. You will experiment with different types of papers and will also learn variations of this traditional technique such as layered multiple exposures and masking using paper cut outs.
On Day 2 you will learn how to create wet cyanotypes using soap bubbles and vinegar to create swirly backgrounds. Whilst these are developing, we will use different techniques to embellish the cyanotypes produced on Day 1. These will include watercolour painting, metallics, fine liners and gel pens. You may also like to hand stitch in to them using embroidery techniques.
By the end of this two-day workshop, you will have a beautiful sampler selection of botanical cyanotypes which you can frame, make into cards or keep as a reference for future work.
Please note this process has variable results depending on sun strength, exposure time, type of paper and subject matter, but this is what makes it so interesting. If the sun does not appear the exposures will take longer but we will also have access to a couple of UV lightboxes.
You will be provided with a range of interesting papers to make sun prints on including Indian Rag paper, Nepalese Lokta paper, book pages and watercolour paper.
- Plse bring £10 for materials which will include a paper pack, cyanotype solution, vinyl gloves
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