Sun Prints: the Art of Cyanotypes (three-session workshop)

Discover a historic photographic printing technique that you can do in your own backyard! This workshop will provide you with a brief introduction to the cyanotype process, which was discovered by John Herschel in 1842 and used for over a century for the purpose of making reproductions in the form of blueprints. The gorgeous deep blue hues of cyanotypes will transform your images. You will learn how to prepare your photosensitive material and make prints outside in the sunlight, using found objects and transparencies as your negatives. The workshop will also explore techniques for printing on fabric, as well as toning your images to alter their final color.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Brief history of cyanotype

  • How to prepare paper with solution

  • How to expose photograms and negatives in sunlight

  • Demonstrations of printing on fabric and amber toning

Required supplies:

  • 100% cotton watercolor or printmaking paper (several large sheets or a block of smaller sheets)

  • Large format negatives or black and white transparencies (optional)

  • Any additional objects for exposing as photo grams (optional)