Cyanotype Printing

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In this hands-on workshop you will create your own cyanotype prints on fabric and paper using the traditional chemical solutions, contact printing with found objects and stenciling techniques.

The Cyanotype process was one of the earlier types of photography used and creates a Prussian Blue print on paper or fabric. The process involves creating your design, stencil or negative, coating paper with the photosensitive chemical solutions in a dark room, then exposing the paper with the stencil under UV light. It is more widely recognized now for its use to create "blueprints" for architectural or technical drawings from a positive.

You will get to understand basic photography techniques such as positives and negatives in film, the chemical process, how to sensitise your fabric and paper, as well as hands-on learning about exposing and toning your prints. There will also be a demonstration on how to create multiple shades and depths in the same print.

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What you will learn
  • Learn about the chemical process of cyanotype
  • How to create a stencil & negative/positive for exposure
What you will get
  • All the paper & fabric you have printed on the day
  • Afternoon tea

What to bring
  • Optional: leaves or flat objects for shadow printing
  • Optional: A light lunch, there are cafes walking distance during the break (afternoon tea is provided)
What to wear

Casual (Warning: this might get messy)

Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

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16 October 2018 • Cyanotype Printing

I had a such stimulating day learning all about cyanotype printing. Roz was a knowledgeable and generous teacher and gave us lots of ideas and resources for creating beautiful prints. The printing process was magical and exciting and I took home lots of different prints on paper and textiles. The Be Kind Textiles space has a great feel and the afternoon tea was a treat! I highly recommend this workshop and Roz as a teacher.

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