Learn to create beautiful prints with deeper blues and a longer tonal range using the modern cyanotype process in this hands-on workshop that was recently named one of 2016’s most inspiring photo workshops by Photoshelter. But—cyanotype process prints can also be so much more than just plain blue! We will also experiment with different methods of toning and bleaching, techniques which allow you to alter the color and mood of your final print.
The cyanotype process was introduced in the 19th century. Unlike the silver process used in traditional black and white photography, cyanotype photographs are made using a solution of iron compounds that react to UV light. Images can be taken with a camera or made by placing objects directly on the paper.
The relative simplicity of the cyanotype printing makes it a great introduction to those new to alternative process printing, while the beautiful tonality and artistic flexibility also recommends it for serious fine art practitioners.
The cyanotype process is relatively non-toxic (although rather messy so wearing old clothing is recommended), and printing techniques can be carried out in normal ambient light, which makes this printing technique ideal for a home workshop or studio.
Since this is a contact printing process, a negative the size of the final print is required. We will cover a simple method to make enlarged negatives from digital files that students will then print in class. Or, if you would like to experiment with making camera-less images, simply bring in objects to place on top of your cyanotype paper.
Arches Platine paper will be provided for printing, however, we encourage you to bring in other papers—or even fabrics—to print on if you would like.
Friday, October 13, 6–9PM: In this evening class we will cover a simple method of creating digital negatives for your cyanotypes. Bring in digital image files and a flash drive.
Saturday, October 14, 9AM–5PM: We will begin with a short slideshow followed by a printing demonstration. Students will print until lunch, after which we will demonstrate toning methods. Students are free to print the rest of the day.
Sunday, October 15, 9AM–5PM: Students may print all day. The class will meet at the end of the day to share their images and experiences.