Creating Cyanotypes

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Creating Cyanotypes

Date: April 13, 2024
Time: 12 noon – 4pm
Cost: $119.16 (including GST & ticket fee)

With Arlene Westen

What is Cyanotype? Cyanotype is an early photographic process dating back to the mid 1800s and is known for its distinctive Prussian Blue colour. Also known as sun-printing, this process requires UV light to develop prints on various surfaces. Unlike dye or fabric paints, making cyanotypes doesn’t need mordanting, fixing, or heat-setting. It is a fun and easy way to create unique and beautiful images very quickly.

Participants will learn everything they need to know about sun-printing chemistry, making photograms and using contact prints on pre-treated fabric sheets. Mixing cyanotype chemicals will be discussed with a demonstration given on the process of coating fabric and/or paper with the solution.

Students will develop 3 fabric sheets (8 ½” x 11”), with a few samples made on various papers. Each student will receive a handout with further information including ideas for further experimentation and troubleshooting tips to take home at the end of the class.

*Please note that the fee for this workshop includes admittance to the Leighton Art Centre historic museum, walking paths and art gallery on the property, which can be enjoyed at your own discretion before or after the workshop. Leighton Centre is a proud non-profit organization that relies on donations to help meet demanding operational costs. We appreciate your contribution by attending our workshops and other events that allow us to continue thriving!

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